It is now official, after the husband did a thorough fitting last night and did some muscle flexing in front of a mirror wearing Adam 😄 – I haz knit my second sweater! 💪💪
I haz conquered knitting (and seaming!) dark grey yarn, haz conquered working with snakelike implements of torment a.k.a. circular needles, conquered despair and the temptation to just give up and knit an entirely new and different pattern, and learned that maybe it’s wise to knit a size or 2 bigger than what the tape measure tells you to 😆😉
Sometimes, a group of words can come at such the right moment that I just have to take a screenshot of it for repeat reading throughout the day.
I don’t have a lot of these but since the words aren’t as powerful to me anymore, this is another one for deletion from my iPhone’s treasury of odd photos (and screenshots).
But before that, maybe some of you might like it too so here it is:
Hello all! Happy Monday! 🌞🌞
What one good thing will you do/start today?
For me the answer is: delving into a topic of interest!
One of the perks of being a SAHM is the wonderful opportunity to indulge in the pursuit of knowledge 💖 And if you have internet connection, you have absolutely NO excuse to remain intellectually stagnant! 🙃
One of my areas of interest is ageing well and, although I’m still a long way off from being physically old, I believe it’s never too early to start establishing some solid habits that will help one age sexily 😉
So the other week I received information about a free online course on Strategies For Successful Ageing. It is a 5-week course given by the Trinity College Dublin and is but one of the many free online courses facilitated by Futurelearn.
Here’s an overview of the 5-week course:
Fascinating isn’t it? 😀 And you can be sure I immediately signed up!
I just finished week one (which is mostly introductory) and am excited to move into week 2. The course is self-paced so you can breeze through it as fast as you want or take all the time you need, the 5 week time frame is just a recommendation.
Aside from expanding my horizons, I’m definitely looking forward to learning a few practical tips on ageing well after taking this course.
I’ll keep you posted and, you keep me accountable, ok? 😉
I have this friend that is often the hapless beneficiary of my rants and confessions about the isolation of my life as an introvert expat SAHM (in a quiet, small city in a non-English speaking foreign country – sorry, I just somehow feel less maladjusted if I lay out the parameters like that 🙄).
For months now she has been passionately encouraging me to find work online. If not for anything but the mental exercise and the opportunity for communicating with more human beings.
I have been tempted many times – my resume is already polished, an online profile has been created, and feeble, half-hearted attempts at answering job postings have been initiated. But I always halt the process before it “gets too serious”.
And I don’t know what to think about the reason why. Sometimes I ask myself if the admission of which now certifies me as a majestic “bum” but the truth is – I have fallen in love with BEING IN THE NOW.
Being in the now – what does this mean?
Well to me it means asking myself at almost every juncture during the day “what do I feel like doing now?”. Sometimes this means washing the dishes, or doing dance fitness videos, at other times learning something new or even just deciding to have tea while listening to the chatter of birds. It’s never the same and there’s no rhyme or reason to it.
But more often than not, it sends me off to bed at night with a feeling of serenity.
Turns out it’s really something that I have come to appreciate about being a SAHM (with no small children to take care of). And I’ve come to see it as perhaps a luxury only afforded to SAHMs (with no small people to take care of) – the freedom to spend the day however you want. The luxury of listening to the voice inside you and letting it be your guide 🤗
And I figured, if I had a job I would no longer have this luxury. And apparently it’s something I deem more precious at the moment than mental challenge and increased social contact.
And so I say to all SAHMs like me:
Enjoy it while it lasts! ❤