The older I get, the more I notice the way life really does follow its own seasons. Some seasons are for celebrating. Some seasons are for learning. Some seasons are for waiting. Some seasons are for grieving. Some seasons are for growing. And some seasons are for sitting on the beach sipping fruity beverages.
Fruity beverages is sort of a ridiculous, but semi-on target way to transition to this: I stopped nursing baby (toddler) Nick 9 days ago. Oh, but this isn’t a post about boobs… so don’t panic (or sorry to disappoint). Considering I nursed Grace until a month before Nick was born, I’ve essentially been breastfeeding since the end of January 2014. This feels like the end of a huge part of our lives, mostly because it is. It has been wonderful, challenging, weird, exhausting, and amazing. I am grateful I was able to have this experience with both kids.
And now I am ready for the next season of our lives.
Obsessed with these shoes by Toms… and these shells by Mother Nature
I took a long walk by myself along the beach this past weekend and found myself thinking about what I hope for this next season to bring. I bought a $1.99 notebook (the cover’s a really ug shade of yellow, but it’s all they had) on the way back to the house and started making a list.
THE NEXT SEASON
In this next season, I want to invest more fully in my own health and wellbeing. I want to sleep more (which isn’t saying much, since I am basically always awake). I want to take more walks on the beach. I want to relish in alone time, without feeling guilty (real talk: it’s a careful balance). I want to be better attuned to my own common sense and good judgement and rely less on scary headlines and unhelpful advice. I want to spend as much time playing outside as possible. I want to enjoy those little flashes of independence both kids share every now and then (it’s like watching them becoming themselves over and over). I want to revisit some of the things that used to bring me joy, but that I stopped making time to do. I want this next season to be for connecting and reconnecting and resting and recharging.
And I want to find the perfect pair of cool mom jeans.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Reading this book + LOVING it
- Packing for a long (Easter!) weekend
- In case you haven’t seen this yet (and melted into a pool of mush): “I love you, robot.”
What’s your current season looking like?