I can't believe that the year is almost over. As I age, I find that the years seem shorter. Moments that used to feel like they lasted a lifetime, start to feel fleeting. That’s part of the reason that I enjoy the holiday of Thanksgiving so much. Not only is it a chance to gather with those who are closest to me, but it also gives me time to slow down and reflect on what I am grateful for.
In those moments of gratitude, I find quiet peace. A second where I am not focused on what I need to get done, but a time where I can turn my attention to what is already right in front of me.
So today, with the stress of the end of the year buzzing in my head, I wanted to take a moment to turn inwards and give thanks for a few things that have made this year so sweet.
FAMILY & COMMUNITY
This last year has been whirlwind. From moving across the country to starting a new store to establishing our new farm, Patina Meadow, I could not have gotten through the sometimes chaotic moments without my family and community.
Spending time with Steve and our children, Charlie, Nick, and Leila, reminds me of what is truly important in this life and allows the stress of distractions to melt away. They are my guiding lights and their support is a pillar that holds me up.
One of the highlights of this year was getting to create new community in our new hometown of Leiper’s Fork. I have met so many incredible people who I am blessed to now call friends who have helped me acclimate to this new home of ours.
During this time, I have also been able to strengthen my bond with all of you through this blog and my social media. I thoroughly enjoy reading and responding to your comments and am honored that you have chosen to embark on this journey with me. As new connections formed over dinner & coffee and online through comments & posts, I was reminded of the warmth and joy that relationships bring into the fabric of our lives.
There have been many overwhelming moments this year, as I am sure there have been for you as well. During these times, when anxious thoughts flood my brain, I look out my back windows and glance at the grazing animals.
I’ll step outside and take a walk through the woods and marvel at the mushrooms and wildflowers popping up all around.
I revel in the sounds of the birds chirping and the leaves swaying in the wind.
In the midst of a chaotic world, there exists a sanctuary in nature- a peaceful place to go and rest that is always there for us.
THE LITTLE THINGS
While grand events add excitement to life, it is often moments that are taken for granted as mundane that enrich my life with joy. Whether it be my morning routine with the animals, or freshly cut flowers from the garden, or conversing with a kind stranger at the farmers market.
Life is an amalgamation of these small moments enhanced by the once-in-a-lifetime ones, and I am grateful to be able to experience them all.
I hope this inspired you to take a step back and take some time to think about the things that you love about your life. I would love to hear a few of them in the comments below.
I am grateful to be on this journey with you.