Guest post by Pat, Retirement Transition
I love when an idea comes at me multiple ways. This has happened in the past couple of weeks with the concept of Space.
During a Thai Yoga Massage (one of my 52 New Things this year inspired by Joanne at My Life Lived Full), apparently, my “space meridians” are blocked. The therapist asked me “What do you need to let go? Where are you holding ground too much?” He suggested I look at adding more space into my life, getting outdoors, taking some action, taking some risk.
Then the New Moon Ritual for me this month (another New Thing) had similar space references: “What boundaries do you have to leap over? How will you broaden your horizons?” And my first cards pulled in my new Tarot Purpose deck (yup, still another New Things item) were: Make Decisions, Protection, and Letting Go.
The Universe is definitely sending me a message about letting go and expanding. Not surprisingly, this spring I have been focusing on space with our recent downsizing move. Letting go (finally) of the old space where I felt shackled. Designing this new space to be comfortable and welcoming. Making the new space the right environment for living the retirement lifestyle I envision.
So today I am Grateful for my Space. While it is not completed in design/creation, there are multiple elements that make me grateful for this space we are creating:
- There is positive energy in this house! It has solid “bones” (100 years worth), lots of woodwork, unique chandeliers, and stained glass windows to provide beauty.
- The house feels like my sanctuary. It has many nooks and (new) comfy chairs where I can cuddle to read, write, and daydream. We’ve decorated with artwork that reflects our travels and love of arts & crafts shows.
- It has the bigger kitchen that was a “must have” and is encouraging me to cook again. (And the 2-bay garage for hubby’s toys.)
- We are working on creating outdoor spaces as well – a porch to sit and watch the world go by and a patio for friends to gather for evening meals.
- I am grateful that I have the ability and the support (thanks, hubby) to create a space that brings me joy and that allows me to embrace the lifestyle I want to live at this stage of life.
I am grateful for my new space and looking forward to expanding in entertaining of friends (which for me is taking risk). Universe… I’ve heard your message.
Thank you, Pat, for sharing your GratiTuesday guest post with us! The space you are creating sounds cozy and welcoming, and reflective of you and your husband’s interests and personalities.
For those of you who haven’t yet discovered Pat’s blog, you are in for a treat. Join her on her journey “envisioning & implementing life’s next stage”.
Please stop by next Tuesday when Marty from Snakes in the Grass shares his gratitude.