Day 85/366 days Towards Self-Mastery. Mood: tired
It was a magic kind of moment when I discovered that everything in my world reflected something about me.
A morning walk through the countryside, paying attention to everything I noticed, then pausing to consider what they had to say about me. Wow. Just wow! Try that sometime.
An old tree that's stood the test of time, reflected my persistence, my determined commitment, and my love for things old and brimming over with story and life.
A fallen Jacaranda flower reflected a love of beauty, the colour purple, the perfect order and disorder at the same time as it fell onto the purple carpet enveloping the road.
A romantic and crisp picturesque scene, the country lane, a beauty that I have always admired and dreamed about in warm winter woollies beside an open fire.
It couldn't stop there, the magic of this discovery.
Today reflect on what your clothes say about you, the stories they hold.
Are there stories of following fashion, memories of heartbreak, sister's hand-me-downs?
Take time to remove the attitudes and the clothes that are no longer fitting you.
Wouldn't it be lovely if every piece in your wardrobe was a reflection of the beauty that you are within.
It's a great time to reflect on your journal, in my case, my Pinterest board~My Style.
As I sit on my bed writing this post, I'm reflecting on the wardrobe to my right.
A favourite dress that is almost threadbare, practical and easy A couple of make-do gifts from friends, cosy and comfy A funky jacket from my sister that makes me feel sparkly Pretty pinks, purples and vanillas for everyday smart Black and white clinicals for when I want to look sharp Funky boots for the fun in me Flats for the contrarian that I am Scarves, lots of scarves for the bohemian in me
This exercise always brings me so much joy as I discover again that I am living in and surrounded by me. That these are my choices, I love them.
It's pretty much always been that way. Since the rebel in me surfaced during adolescence, my wardrobe has embraced the rich textures of the ages. Always smart, fashionable, complete. Sometimes confused but never imposed nor decreed.
Nothing in my wardrobe is neglected, unloved. There is more to add from my new collection of fabulous images. In time, with grace.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.