1. Choice: I had one of those tough working-for-yourself-at-home days yesterday. Wondering what I'm doing and if I'm half out of my mind. Mostly I just needed to get down to taking care of some of the not-as-fun, self-discipline, work-your-plan stuff. In the midst, I looked around and realized that I was sitting in my big bedroom/temporary office with not one, for FOUR windows letting sunshine and beauty stream in. My son was wandering in and out updating me on world cup soccer and the general state of the world. And I realized that in the midst of life change for my family that could have been - and is for many people - financially devastating, I can choose to take a chance on me. I have my own business, I'm the boss and I have a fun, positive, experienced and successful group of women to work with. Wow! I love that.
2. Technology. What a curse, but what a blessing. I have some connection with friends and across the miles and across the years that I wouldn't have without email and facebook and cell phones and texting. I can work at home with ease (see above). I have access to weather radar to see where the storm is that woke me up early this morning - and can check on the weather at camp where Jamie is getting up to make breakfast for the 9th & 10th graders, and where mom and dad are starting their day, and where Julie and the kids are (hopefully!) still sleeping soundly. Yesterday I took my morning walk and listened to one of my favorite radio programs that I almost never get to hear - it just magically put itself on my iPod and was there ready to bless my morning! (oh, and The Writer's Almanac - that was magically there, too!!)
3. My new purse. I have this thing about purses. It's more of a quest really. An epic search for the perfect purse. I have really restrained myself in recent years. (I have. You have no idea.) I don't know if this is really it. But it is a beauty. (And probably the cheapest, simplest purse I've bought in....ever.) I bought it at Beagle Books in Park Rapids, a bookstore of my favorite kind. I also bought a copy of The Princess and the Goblin (George MacDonald), which I just discovered you can read online for FREE here at Google Books. And it's really a lovely copy. But I digress. The purse: Beagle Books bought it directly from a Vietnamese women's co-op which she has visited. That's just cool. I wanted to pay more for the purse! I did.
What beautiful in your life?