I wonder what that looks like. I find that every day, I’m constantly trying to figure out how to balance the many facets of my life. I don’t think this is strange and I don’t think it will ever be easy.
I am a mother. I am a partner. I am a performer, creator, designer, and organizer. I am a facilitator of connections. I am an investigator.
These things are all made more complex by owning this shop, Windham Movement Apparel, that serves as a venue for many of my facets.
I try, every day, to keep these aspects of my life in balance. How much time do I spend here or there? Does this make me happy? What can I do or adjust to facilitate more happiness in my life? The truth is, I am quite happy. Though there are times when I wish I had more time for myself, I thrive with the understanding that my surroundings are constantly changing. I am exhilarated by adaptation and learning. Recharging happens and, for now, it has been enough.
I was reading quotes by the Dalai Lama the other day and came across this:
“The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ It brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do honestly, truthfully and transparently.”
Of the twelve inspirational quotes, this one caught me because of that aspect of hope. I am hopeful that my daughter will flourish. I am hopeful that my shop will succeed. I am hopeful that our community, both locally and beyond, will come together with empathy and with strength. And with these hopes, I intend to influence each. In a world full of red flags, red tape, red lines, red acts, I intend to press hopefully through and bring as much positivity as I can all the while.