Spring is beginning to work her magic here in Pennsylvania, and although the transformation seems slower than usual, we savor every single moment. That seems to be a theme for me lately. As I get older, I find myself wanting the peace that comes with simple and intentional living. I am less structured with schedules and things. I clean when things look dirty. I walk when I feel like lacing up my sneakers.
There are a few things I continue to do, however. Little things that make me happy. Every morning I wake before everyone else. In the quiet of the early morning hours, I start my coffee, peek outside at the lake, and watch my birdfeeder for any new visitors. Coffee in hand, I head to my spot on the couch, right next to the end table where I keep my prayer books, planner, and laptop. I can see outside, and while I say my prayers, write in my journal, and check my planner, I watch the feeder and the lake because both bring me peace as I begin a brand new day.
In the early evening, after the kitchen is cleaned from dinner, I turn a couple lamps on low in the family room, fold and set out a few throws, pick up any stray cups or plates, and light a candle for the evening. We usually gather here after dinner or after we come inside, so I like it to be cozy and neat. Before bed, I fold up any throw blankets, pick up all the dog toys, straighten my end table, and blow out any candles. Peyton runs the dishwasher before she and Flynn head to bed, so I know that is done. Steve takes the dogs out and locks the doors, and we are set for the night.
These little things make my heart happy and allow me some sense of calm. I cannot control what happens in the noisy outside world, but I can ensure our home and hearts are peaceful, welcoming, calm, and cozy.
Do you have any routines that help you, my friends? I'd love to hear.
Thanks for visiting! Have a cozy day.