Here’s how I started my Monday, kicking back in a new to me pushback recliner (Thank you Facebook Marketplace) with a new book to read from the sweetest friend, Mary. The title is “IMPERFECT COURAGE“, and the cover says “Live a life of purpose by leaving comfort and going scared”. Dang, how did she know that is EXACTLY what I needed? She’s good!
The 6-year-old of the house decorated our little tree in her socks. She tells me they’re dirty, but not dirty-dirty, so it’s all good. haha! I rejoice at the fact that this does not even bother me a bit. I used to be so uptight, now, I just see the joy in a child who is using her creativity and resources.
Oh and that little tree? It was $20. I can handle its imperfectness since it didn’t break the bank. No joke, one year when we were newlyweds we rushed out and bought a crazy expensive Christmas tree because we thought we HAD to have the biggest and best before company came. We spent hundreds on it. Hundreds that we did NOT have, and the next year when we went to get it out of the tote to put it up, we discovered it was covered in mold! It got tossed out. I don’t even know where the mold came from, nothing else in our basement had mold. It’s like it was the gentle reminder that we needed not to go nuts on things that really don’t matter. Christmas trees are pretty to look at, but the people that gather around the tree, THAT’S where I needed to be focusing my time and energy.
So, just between us, and a few hundred friends on Instagram, after a conversation with Mary last week and a heart-to-heart with Mr. Awesome about my future and my dreams, I decided I’m going to market my simple little meal planners. Yeah, it’s not a huge deal, but to me, it’s pretty special.
You see, I wasn’t going to be a “settle down” kinda gal, even though I love it dearly now. My heart wanders easily and loves to start projects (rarely finishing them all the way through, to be honest). I love to travel, and thought my life was going to be spent singing around the country, or as a traveling nurse (ENFP problems, I just want to do it all).
I’ve always been great at finding things to keep me busy, but since our last pregnancy, the one where I broke my crotch, I’ve been fairly homebound.
Having a little something on the side just keeps my creativity going. I still have my book gig that I adore, but I think this planner idea could be the start of something bigger here.
I already bought the supplies and designed the new cover. I will get it done, even if my mom is my only sale and she never ever uses the planner.
Thank you, Mary, for giving me the courage to start.