Recently, I've taken a liking to cooking. (Today alone I made buffalo chicken grilled cheese, beef stew, rosemary bread, and monster cookies - all homemade!)
I've been more diligent with homeschooling.
I have a very organized garden.
I have a home-management notebook in the works (more on this another time).
I even have plans for some major de-cluttering! (Much more on this also very soon).
Liking to cook and wanting to de-clutter are the two biggest shocks to everyone who knows me, including myself. The past few weeks I've been trying to figure out what happened to me.
At first I was thinking it must be Pinterest. So many motivational ideas! But in the past, gobs of ideas like that would stress me out.
Maybe I'm just maturing? Hopefully I am, but what brought on this almost sudden maturity?
So I thought back to when I started to enjoy this domestic life to the full, and it hit me that when I stopped stressing about making money (through jewelry or babysitting) and finally allowed myself to live my passion (wife and mom), I began to simply enjoy life more.
I love my job.
I chatted with my mom about this some the other day. She said a few years ago she decided to stop stressing about all sorts of other things and focus on her passion - teaching string and piano. I can tell you that I have seen a marked improvement in her overall everyday mood! I actually used to think she didn't like teaching all that much, but the last couple of years I noticed that she was enjoying it. And even more amazing than that... she has been significantly more successful now that she focuses on what God gave her a passion for. I noticed these things before she said anything to me about dropping other forms of income to focus on teaching.
My sister-in-law has a very similar story that I think she should share on her blog ;)
I am passionate about being home with my kids, homeschooling them, and making sure the house is spiffed and dinner is ready when the love of my life walks in the door. I am passionate about utilizing what God has blessed us with (our house, our yard, our money) the very best way possible - which is often very different for different people!
Other things I was doing - like jewelry - I enjoyed. And maybe someday I can pursue that again. But being a full-time wife and mom is the passion God has given me right now and I plan to live it to the full.
I babysat for over a year and when we decided that I shouldn't babysit anymore, I was concerned about the loss of income. Ever since I quit babysitting and put aside jewelry, we have been more blessed financially than we had been our whole marriage.
I think God is happy with me living the passion He gave me.
Are you living your passion? What's cluttering up your life, preventing you from living fully?
Linking up HERE as I am eternally grateful to be living my passion!