March has flown by and to be honest, I'm tired. Tired in a good way. In a way that speaks to the fullness of the new and old adventures that are filling our days.
The big guy and I are having a lot of BIG conversations about this summer and next year and what is it we really want to do with the next part of our journey together. For eight years, it's been somewhat planned. It feels wonderful and daunting for the schooling part, the part that brought us here to Indiana, with a one year old, to be over.
We now have what ifs and waiting to contend with. It's hard to keep waiting. Hard to feel like we are supposed to put all our eggs in one basket just because a degree will be earned. We've done that and sometimes it works and sometimes, not so much. And what if the basket laid out for us, we realize, isn't full or fulfilling unless other things are part of it as well.
So... we're not doing that again. Instead we're envisioning and planning and collaborating with community members and friends to make good things happen!
Look up just a little- the blog's tabs have evolved!
~ Clark is teaching wine and beer making classes at the downtown Butler Winery store
~ Clark will be (very soon) getting back into the primitive skills he taught and demonstrated at Virginia Explore Park's living history museum. Look for classes in cordage, basketry, bow and arrow making, fire making- the list will go on! And we are THRILLED to be collaborating with our wonderful friends (soon to be named) who have a local farm. (Our first step, before bringing people in, is to build an outhouse- first things first!)
The best part of these ventures is HE LOVES doing this stuff! Loves it. It's not "work" and yet it's able to provide services to others and income to us. This is the kind of work we seek.
I am continuing to lead Women's conscious feminist writing circles and continue to believe there is NOTHING more life changing or necessary. I'm also home learning along side Clark and Sophie in a way I didn't know existed and yet I did, but it seemed too far fetched. And just recently, to connect the two things I love most in my days, I began writing circles for homeschool children. Oh and there is my work with dōTERRA and it is so, so good too.
Our lives are not perfect. Some days, like yours I'm sure, are harder than others. There is uncertainty, but that is how we humans have always lived. Even when we think we have it all planned out, it isn't really.
I talk to others who feel so stuck and think they have to go about their days waiting for weekends or vacations and that just isn't true. We don't have to live our lives one way. There is no ONE way. Clark and I are reminding ourselves of this often. We can recreate our lives, sometimes again and again, and envision what work makes us well and happy, in service and providing. We can do the hard work that we LOVE to make what we want come to be.
We can't do any of it alone though. That's an important piece. So thank you in advance or again and again for those of you who help us. We hope and believe, in return, we are helping support you. It does take a village.