Step by Step

I returned home this week for the last Spring Break of my Undergraduate career.

I had a plan for this week - to work on the Pocket Object Project Documentary video, teach flameworking classes, and take some time to recover in preparation for the final stretch of this semester leading up to my Thesis Exhibition, and Graduation.

This hasn't gone exactly as planned...

Due to a series of obstacles, I haven't been able to work on the actual "work" parts of my plan - yet. These will begin today, Thursday - but up until this point, since I haven't been able to get that work done, I've had the pleasure of relaxing, and doing the things I otherwise want to do with my time right now.

I feel like the past few days have painted a beautiful image of how I would like to live my life - supporting my health, happiness, growth and connections.

Some of the ways this week has assisted in self-care...

Starting seeds for the upcoming season, cooking delicious food, spending time with family, enjoying the craziness and beauty of the snow, reestablishing a strengthening routine, pulling out the sewing machine to introduce more ways of going waste-free for the future, and sleeping, dancing, and laughing sufficiently <3

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So far in my life it has been a real challenge to balance my school/work schedule with all these wonderful components of my version of a happy healthy life. Thankfully, I am seeing improvement year by year, sometimes day by day, step by step. 

Two days ago, I was going through boxes of things I've saved over the years and found some "I AM" poems and " Me 5 years from now" idea sheets from fourth and fifth grade. They were amusing, and showed me how I viewed myself at the time, and what I thought the future might hold. I was so...well, different.

I've changed so much, and I am so happy with the changes that have come about.

As I continue into my post-graduate life, I am setting intentions to continue these positive trends for a more balanced life.

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I am finding the things that bring me the most joy, and thus allow me to put the most joy back into the world in a productive and fulfilling manner. I'm learning how to say no when that denial or restriction leads to a better future, and learning how to say yes even when it produces discomfort or fear in the short term.

I'm so excited for the next step of this journey - thanks for following!

With Love

Madeline