Today marks my 35th birthday!
I must admit, as excited and grateful as I am to celebrate another birthday, I am also having a sort of ‘midlife crisis’ moment!
Lately I have been questioning my lifestyle and career choices. In the past year, I have had some health issues which, although not too major, require that I monitor my food and activity levels. On the other hand, I have a job (for which I am grateful for) that seems to stress me out a bit too much for my liking. Stressing out about change and steps I would like to take toward change is something I have been struggling with. I guess, as you grow older, you are more aware of what you would like your life to be like and you don’t want to waste any time doing things that don’t bring you any joy.
I have been reading many ‘self help’ books, trying to work out all these foreign feelings that I am having and I must say the more I read, the more clearer it is becoming to me that I am craving a life that is more quality than quantity. I no longer have the dream of owning a big house with a big yard or a career that requires extra long work days. What I am craving for is a quieter life, somewhere by the water, to be a bit more in tune with nature, the ability to write more and work on my Etsy store and spend more time with my husband and Kitty.
I suppose my version of success has now changed. In a way, it’s a sign that I am growing up and moving forward. After all, what the point of wanting the same things your entire life and shutting yourself to all the new experiences that life brings your way?
What an eventful couple of weeks this has been!!
It all started a week ago when a dishwasher pipe burst up on one of the upper floors in our building resulting in water coming into our unit! Kitty and I spent most of that day mopping up water from various parts of the condo while the condo board, restoration crews and insurance people tried to get things under control….
All this resulted in us having to leave the condo for about a week until the restoration team ripped out all the affected walls and ceilings. We were lucky enough to have good home insurance so they put us up in a nice hotel for the time being.
What an adventure this was for Miss. Kitty! As you may or may not know, Kitty is not a huge fan of car rides and despises being put in her carrier. She tolerates it but tries her best to get out of it if she can. The day we had to leave home, she was already pretty stressed, with work crew mulling about and the place looking like a disaster. When it came time to leave, she put up a great fight as we got her into her carrier. About ten minutes into our ride to the hotel, the unmistakable stink of poo filled the car…. Poor Kitty, who was so stressed, has soiled herself in her carrier. She has never done this before…
Of course, we didn’t want her to be uncomfortable the whole way to the hotel so we doubled back home, cleaned out her carrier and gave her a quick wipe down to clean it all up. It turned out that, not only did she do #2, she had also thrown up! Poor baby!
So we tried this again! The second time around she was a bit more settled and I held her on my lap the whole way through. When she got to the hotel, she was a bit confused but soon started exploring!
She doesn’t want me to tell you about her hotel adventures just yet so watch for the next blog post to find out more!
The best thing about the dawn of a brand new year is that it fills you with a new sense of possibility, that feeling of ‘This is the going to be the best year ever’.
It’s the time of year where I usually make my daily schedule to get my fitness regime up and running and write down all the goals that I would like to achieve. It is also the time that I reflect on the year gone by and be proud of everything that I achieved. It helps that I have a digital journal because I can always go back to it if I need a reminder.
Regardless of whether I meet all these expectations that I set or if I fall short of achieving a few, the journey of planning to achieve my dreams always brings on a big smile.
In the coming days and weeks, I will be sharing my plans for the CrazyCatLadyCorner etsy store. I have some exciting ideas and look forward to sharing them with all of you!
Kitty also has some resolutions that she would like to share with her readers so watch this space for that:)
So to kick start this amazing year, I want to say thank you to everyone who takes time to read these posts and to everyone who has supported my business 🙂 I look forward to sharing all the amazing things that this year brings with you all!