Tuesday, May 11, 2010

the whole picture

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I woke up this morning feeling a little bit overwhelmed. It is not uncommon for me to get distracted by all of the little things. My brain can almost feel handicapped from all of the clutter that I let infiltrate it. Makes me just freeze up and become less productive at times.

Well as I walked around the house at 6am without any distractions I was able to slow down, take a few quiet moments to reflect, and that is when it happened...I thought to myself, "I need to step back and see the whole picture." I think too often I tend to just focus in on some of the small unimportant things that I lose target of what I want the end result to look like.

Most of what I already need is right here under my nose and I don't need to look elsewhere to complete my life's projects.

Back to the basics for me. Time to go back to the school of simplification and press forward using my resources wisely.

That's all for now.

Does anybody really read this stuff:-)

Just checking because I may just want to share as a bonus one of my most embarrassing moments... I wanted to be a flight attendant when I was 18 years old and had to do my interview in front of 50 other people. We were told when we arrived to give a 3 minute speech on whatever we wanted. I was nervous. My speech went as followed. "Hi, my name is Christina and I am from America", painful silence followed. Then I busted up laughing and said " I mean I am from Arizona". Everybody else in the audience laughed too.

I didn't get the job that time. Still makes my family & I laugh.

33 comments:

2 Hounds Design said...

LOL, yes we do read.

Nice to see I'm not the only one who gets bogged down by the clutter.

My last blog post was losely on the same subject...my problem is I don't know when to stop and get my head out of the flotsam to see clearly.

*bisous*
Dane

Nat said...

THis was exactly what I needed today. I keep getting so worried about the little things and can't be happy in the moment...I need to take a step back. This was what I needed to wake me up.

Jenny at LGN said...

Amen sister.

nameisgrace said...

of course we read this! it's the inspiring stuff you write daily, like today, that keeps us all coming back:) your home is so beautiful and is clearly full of lots of love!

megan said...

Embarrassed to admit, I read your posts a couple times! Throughout the day I will pull up your blog and see if you have posted anything else. Creepy? My husband thinks so! I love your upbeat attitude and honesty! I see through your posts what a loving mother you are, and I tell myself if she can do it with 5 I can do it with 2! Thank you for the motivation. You are adorable and so is your beautiful family!

Angie said...

You put to words exactly what I've been feeling lately! Why is it that when I get busy and life-clutter happens, I just freeze up and can't function at all?! It always makes me want to slow down, smell the roses, and simplify as you said.

And I love your home! You've done such a beautiful job!

Jeanette said...

I'm wondering if I might be the opposite. Sometimes I get so focused on the end result I don't stop and take stock of the details in between. Step back and simplify is a good reminder for all of us.

Sarah said...

I hear you on feeling overwhelmed, I hope you can simply things to feel free. BTW, your home is beautiful!

Alexa Mae said...

I agree. Well said christina! I adore you. And I want to live in your house. mwah!

Day by Day Design said...

Yes I read it, because you are wonderful with your words. Cause even when you say America instead of Arizona, you can still laugh at yourself!!

A Casa da VĂ¡ said...

ok that was funny! yeah i love the way you write, i will be following ^_^

bazaarofserendipity said...

Your just a proud AMERICAN! hahah nothin wrong with that!

The Zhush said...

Read it, and LOVED it. All of it!

Tiffany said...

Girlfriend, you must have read my mind today. Yes, I read it and surely needed it... today. I have stretched myself way too thin lately and am trying to decide what's gotta go... It definitely will NOT be weekend trips with girlfriends :)

Mande said...

LOL- you crack me up!! The flight attendant interview is priceless. Yes, I read....daily if I can. I agree, less is more. Why do I keep shopping?

JRose said...

Weighing what really matters, against all that really doesn't.... leaves the heart full of what really matters.

Thanks for the reminder!

....an admirer from TX

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

yes, i proudly read and totally agree. sometimes all of the projects and "must-dos", and "gotta haves" can get overwhelming. thr truth is, you're not alone. most of what we all need is already in our possession. i actually (kind of) wrote about this today!

debra said...

completely reading!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

OF COURSE we read! passionately! agree some times one just have to say stop, take it easy.
ps: I wanted to be a flight attendant to, ha! and ps2: love your home

Bringing Lady Back said...

Yes, I read... and yes, I love it.

Thank you for this reminder to simplify!

Ashley said...

I love reading along :) :)

ugh... I feel like I could have written this post. Clutter... there are days I wish I could throw everything away and start fresh with nothing :) where does all our junk come from?!??!

Thanks for a great post!

Whitney said...

Look at your house! It looks so good! its has really been that long since Ive been over. I will punish myself later.

Tshepo said...

Huh, Yeah. I read your blog everyday with my morning tea, right before I get to writing. I love the flight attendant story--classic! As for your whole reorientation towards simplicity--count me in on the journey. I need to simplify.

wishful nals said...

that room is gorgeous! ps. your kids are adorable!!

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

That is a great interview story! I can't imagine being put on the spot like that!

Jamie said...

Of course we read. :)

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

Yay! House pictures! I'm smitten with delight...more, more!

P.S. Loved your funny story!

Debbie said...

Does any one read?????? I guess you got your answer!!

Laura Smith said...

I read your blog everyday!

Laura said...

LOVE your house and LOVE the story! You're awesome! Only problem is that we don't live closer to one another. :-)

LiveLikeYou said...

That's exactly how I feel many days! Just too many things swirling around in your head and rarely a quiet moment to listen to your thoughts. Glad to know I'm not alone!

angela | the painted house said...

Yes! I ask myself all the time what I can possibly omit from my life to make things better. I think it is especially hard for creative types like us to keep our hands out of many pots and our brains from scheming up new idears. Also, it is just too tempting to take the mundane stuff in life and gussy them up a bit--just because we can. Don't you think?

I hope you are feeling more tranquil today...brownies always help. :)

☂niki said...

you're a gem.