As I finished a writing session last week and sat down with a slice of homemade pumpkin pie and a glass of milk, I found myself smiling. A full freezer and an empty inbox - life is good. It occurred to me these two facts are indications of whether my life is in rhythm. My "tells" that all is well.
And it is. Thanks to the bounty of Fall produce at the farmers' markets I have been cooking and baking up a storm - fresh pasta with butternut squash and sage, cozy soups brimming with fall vegetables, pumpkin pie, apple muffins - far more than our little family of three can consume... So I have been filling our freezer with batches of goodness to enjoy on a future dreary day.
With the babe now in a morning preschool program, I also am discovering extra bandwidth and "desk time" to devote to my weekly posts, additional writing projects, and fighting the Sisyphean battle of the overflowing inbox. And as of this moment, I am winning! The only messages awaiting me (at this moment) are action items I will address when I return from sunny Florida.
It isn't the actual freezer full of jars and baked goods, nor the streamlined inbox, but the spaciousness they represent: bandwidth to complete my work and time to do things I enjoy.
We all have little ways of knowing when our lives are in rhythm. The absence of these things can be an indication that we have fallen out. When you are feeling stressed, what goes by the wayside? Connecting with loved ones? Time with a good book? Your weekly yoga class?
Take a moment to ask yourself whether anything missing from your home or your life. Identify the metrics you can use to determine whether you are getting what you need, and create a plan to incorporate them into your routine. Do what you can to fuel not just your body, but your soul.