I love this post and love to re-read it every. stinking. year. As I clear the clutter, abandoned books and *teaching* materials from our office, I realize that I’ve also built in an actual break. A break from school, teaching, worrying about schooling and teaching — a real vacation for myself and for my family. We miss going cross-country to see family, but at the end of another busy year, it’s nice to veg-out at home, regroup, see friends, have game night. Nightly. Have movie night. Nightly. Have carb-festing, grazing as we binge watch whatever the current interest is — in the past it’s been Star Wars, Meerkat Manor, SpongeBob Squarepants…and it’s okay.
We don’t normally watch much television, we don’t usually indulge ourselves in a schedule of the unscheduled. Sure, we are Unschooly, but we have classes, rehearsals, performances, playdates, church, field trips, doctors appointments….life can get too busy. Every year at this time I think I’m going to permanently clear the calendar, but our very full, very wonderful life creeps back in. Sooner or later, we have to get back to a sustainable normality.
However, for the last few years, my husband and I have been looking more broadly to what our focus will be each year. Last year, 2015, was the year of less. This year, 2016, we’re still considering the title, but a year of more focus. More determination. More….more of what we want to do. We’ve cut out a lot of distractions in our lives, our schedules. We’ve really focused the last year on family, just the four of us (and our two furry family members). We’ve made our relationships a priority because even before my cancer diagnosis and surgery, we wanted to not be so busy being busy that we were missing out on our family prioritization.
With our first floor emptied this past month, having wood floors installed and refinished – courtesy of the Great Fridge Flood of 2015. With damaged flooring, we *gasp* filed our first homeowners claim. Ever. We are so happy we did because the damage, and remediation, was much more expensive than we anticipated. Thankfully, we have insurance and were able to replace the very old carpet by extending our hardwood flooring that needed to be refinished due to the flooding.
Now that we’re able to begin anew in our first floor, we’re really taking advantage of our wide open spaces. We’re taking advantage of our new self-imposed minimalism. We’re re-evaluating our life, our home, how we use our spaces and only bringing back in the things we need. Leaving lots of space – Margin – for us to live our lives.
Also, as you’ve noticed, I haven’t posted for a few weeks. If you’ve seen my Facebook page, you’ll know that my new laptop crashed. We had just received the box Christmas Eve to send it back to HP for repair, but my husband did some digging yesterday and it’s now back up and running. For now. I’m thankful as I’ve missed getting my posts out — and realizing my computer issues didn’t save my drafts to post either.
It’s a process. It’s change. It’s rolling with the unexpected.
That’s what we’ll be doing this week. Slowly getting rid of the old, bringing in the new with the New Year. 2016 is going to be awesome!
What are you doing this last week of 2015?
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