Time to Stir Things Up

Time to stir. . . 

Observant readers will notice that I’ve unlinked my store and sidebar options. After much thought and lots of math, I realized that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I need to do and keep Mireio up and running. So, I’m opting to shutter the store and focus my energy on other projects.

I’m sad. But I’m also optimistic. Sometimes, a break is a creative jumpstart. And even with the closing of Mireio, my time seems ridiculously filled. I don’t like the word “busy”. We’re all busy! But, I am noticing that down-time is a thing of the past. So, I’m hopeful that by taking something off my to-do list, I will have a bit more breathing room to accomplish some of my other goals. I rather do less, well… than do more, poorly. I just don’t have the time working 30+ hours a week and homeschooling to focus any energy, much less creative energy to Mireio. And I love my little store too much to not give it my all.

So, it’s time to stir things up.

And the first thing on my list is this ridiculous disasterpiece we live in! After a year of living in an unfinished construction zone, I’m breaking out the paint brushes and setting to work. I have NO idea when the unfinished carpentry projects will get done — that’s a cash-flow and time reality (who has time to vet and hire contractors? I’m still so emotionally scarred from last year, that I don’t even want to let anyone with a toolbelt through the front door.) But I can paint. And while IZ is working 70+ hours a week and can’t really help, our adorable son offered to step in and man-handle a paint-roller.

As for that color. . . well, it’s a peachy-pink not in the plan in any way sort of color. It’s for the upstairs lounge — the room where all our old furniture goes to live. It’s a risk. It’s not the plan. It’s not even remotely what I imagined last year when I was envisioning the future. And it’s aptly become a metaphor for this moment in my life.

Time to stir things up.

15 Responses to Time to Stir Things Up

  • Jenn says:

    You go girl and good for you stepping back and realizing where your heart and time need to be directed. Some just plug along, feeling the pressure of it all and still wondering WHY they are so overwhelmed. I say, do what’s best for YOU (and that beautiful family of yours). Time is too short to waste on unfulfilled and overwhelming days ♥ HUGS!!!

  • Wende says:

    Thanks so much, Jenn. A good friend of mine said to me, “You don’t like to half-ass things”. And she’s so right! I have felt like I’ve been doing that with Mireio since we had to move out of the house for 3 months last year… and I’ve not been able to get back into the groove. Starting the new job just compounded that feeling.

    And when I do step back, as much as I love being creative, I don’t want to spend the last few years I have with our son at home in half-measures. I’d LOVE for him to actually live in a completed house before he moves out. Heh… and have a mom who is there for him as he transitions to college.

    Anyhow, thank you for the support. It means the world to me!

  • Sometimes change is good. Good for you. 😉

  • sara says:

    I SO get this, Wende! I’m so excited for you to move forward, “stir things up”, and see what the future holds!

    As far as the paint color??
    LOVE.

    • Wende says:

      I bet you do! How are you doing with the transition? I wlll confess, I get pangs of “oh, I want to go add something to the store”… but then I realize I have no time to do it. Someday, maybe? We’re making the right choice, I believe. Thank you for getting this and being in my corner. Means the world to me.

  • Karan says:

    You’re inspiring me to paint. I like soft colors…as long as you accent them with something unexpected…like a bright fuscia! That will shake things up! Good luck on your construction recovery.

    • Wende says:

      Oh Karan… that room is going to be a mess. I have old red furniture and a bright floral aqua couch cover. Someday, I want to put lovely vintage mid-century stuff in the room… but again with that budget thing. It’s going to be colorful, that’s for sure!

  • CitricSugar says:

    Change, renewal, and all good things! Those are my wishes for you.

    Also, I’m digging the paint colour. And I’m desperately trying to come up with a clever name for it but I’m coming up empty. Salm-each just sounds wrong for such a pretty hue. 🙂

    • Wende says:

      Salmonella? hahahah… I went to blog this week, and BOTH of my cameras’ (is that plural possessive correct?) batteries were DEAD. And then I plugged them into chargers and left them for another few days. I’m losing my edge, friend. Thank you for always being there!

  • Monica says:

    Going to miss your site. But your are right in that it won’t be too much longer before college arrives.

    • Wende says:

      Thanks for reading, Monica. I hope I’ll keep writing, but the creating for the store is on hiatus while I get my bearings… and maybe longer. Lately, I’ve been putting so much time into the children’s ministry at church, I don’t see myself surfacing for awhile.

  • Amber says:

    I, for one, do love to stir things up a bit. I believe it allows room for growth, creativity, and a proper assessment of things put before you. Although I will miss Mireio, I hope that what lies can be embraced with the beauty you have lent to all your creations.

  • Wende says:

    xoxox, Amber. You’re too sweet.

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