I haven't written specifically about the From Hectic to Harmonious challenges I've been completing, even though I have been doing them faithfully, or just not mentioning that what I was doing related to the challenge. I'm finding that even though I would never in a million years say that we live in a zen household, or that we live in harmony, I think I've received proof that we live simply. I've found that as the challenges have made their way to my inbox and I've looked them over, I've been saying to myself..."We did that yesterday!" or "Isn't it a coincidence that we planned to do that today!" Now I'm trying to wrap my brain around the realization that all this simple living stuff seems to take a tremendous amount of effort. Not that the effort doesn't have a soul-satisfying reward at the end. But it's effort, and when it becomes a series of "to-do's" and a deadline is fast approaching, it takes on a hectic vibe.
For any of you who were interested in the actual challenges, here's what they were:
~ Day 9 :: Make something beautiful. I blogged about our crafting here.
~ Day 10 :: Sing something beautiful. We gathered for a short while around the piano. I stumbled my way through playing some tunes while trying to sing them at the same time. My little ones sang for a song or two then decided to read a book nearby. That's the way it goes here. I can say I felt filled up after playing The Christmas Song - my all-time favorite.
~ Day 11 :: Write something beautiful. I blogged about it here and there was also some magical writing here.
~ Day 12 :: Make your giving wish list. My son saw a gentleman riding his bike through the snow-filled alleys while balancing large plastic bags. He was hunting through recycling bins for pop bottles to take back for a refund. The next day my son was baking cookies to take to the homeless shelter, along with some winter clothes we plan to round up. That son of ours has a big heart - he brings me such joy and I'm lucky to have him in my life.
~ Day 13 :: Ask for help. Someone else washed and dried the laundry for me! It's not folded, but it's a start!
~ Day 14 :: Make one corner just right. Does stacking the load of firewood that was dumped on our sidewalk this morning count as making one corner just right? When I saw this challenge, my eyes and mind started picturing the transformation that could take place with just 10 minutes of uninterrupted effort...the island in our kitchen...the top of our sideboard that holds some of our homeschool supplies, as well as a dwarf Christmas scene...my dresser in my bedroom...over by the printer. And then my reverie was interrupted by the phone call saying the firewood could come today. Three hours later, I have three lovely stacks of wood in my backyard and the sidewalk is now clutter-free. So, in my books, stacking firewood does count.
I'm hoping you're settling in to the holiday spirit this week, friends!