Believe it or not I am a homebody. I like being home with my animals. However, it's not good for me to do that all the time. I've had to put myself out there in my new community in order to meet people and put down roots. I started with Bible Study (BSF International) and then with painting classes, then pottery classes, and now we've finally joined our church. Now I'm so hooked up I'm hardly ever home. I am pretty pleased about the activities in my life and the kind of friends it's lead me to.
This month BSF will start back up and I'll be adding daily Bible lessons to my schedule. I know it sounds like a lot to commit to, but honestly it gives me such peace during the time that sit and work on that. It reminds me of the bigger picture. It keeps me from feeling so self-absorbed. I was asked to be a greeter last year and agreed. There were days I was fired up and ready to make everyone feel wonderful. There were also days that I hurt and didn't really feel good enough to put a smile on my face and try to act happy. There was not a day that I went that I didn't come home feeling blessed by the people there. There are a lot of older women who struggle to walk. I see people with arthritic bodies that are now almost deformed from legs bowing out, backs hunched over, etc. But seeing these ladies put one foot in front of the other and come in to learn about the Bible gives me such inspiration! I even witnessed one lady who always rode in on a motorized wheel chair that came in walking one day. It took her a LONG time but I just wanted to jump up and down and cheer for her for even trying. I always come home thinking. Gosh, I'm glad I didn't stay home. I don't have it nearly as bad and if they can do it so can I.
Another endeavor I'm excited about is my DREAM LOVE PAINT workshop coming up in two weeks. I've been on a wait list for months for this class and when the enrollment date finally came I set my alarm for 4:45 am just to make sure I would get in and wouldn't be waitlisted again. I got in!!!! If you want to know more just google Dreama Tolle-Perry. It will be a journey of meditation, journaling, and of course painting. I'm hoping to grow as a painter. I hope to always grow as a painter. I'm also on another wait list for a different painting class. So, if all works out I might be juggling 3 painting classes!!!! I'll be a master yet!
So, my question for you is. What are you doing that is just for you? What centers you (pottery pun) and helps you find peace and tranquility? It could be kick boxing, playing an instrument, riding horses, or doing art. I would encourage you to find time in your busy life to do something for yourself. It's not selfish. Ok, maybe it is. But you will be a better person for it. Put yourself out there and try something new. I will tell you that volunteerism is where it's at. Join a small group or create your own. You will never regret it! You will only find joy.
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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