You would think that knitting would be such an easy thing to incorporate into a slow-living lifestyle, and honestly, it used to be. For some reason, my knitting has not come to the forefront.
I know that I have been talking about trying to knit more over the past year, but I haven't, and it definitely makes me a little bit sad overall, but I am hoping to change that.
All that to say I have mostly finished Lucy's hat. I was hoping to have it finished sooner rather than later, especially since we are moving right through February at a pretty quick pace. Of course, I realized that my ideas of winter leaving early were for naught. We got over two feet of snow this past weekend, and are expecting another foot today and tomorrow. I definitely should expect this living in Maine, but even Mainers tend to scoff at the amount of snow we have gotten over the past week and a half (too much!).
I still have to weave in the ends, but for the most part it is usable, and that is the thing that matters. Now to figure out what my next project will be...maybe something that is quick like dish rags!
As for my reading, that is faring much better. I have been taking the kids' quiet time as quiet time for myself as well. Instead of flitting around trying to accomplish as many chores as possible in 90 minutes, I decided to sit down with tea and a book, and it has been marvelous.
My most current read is Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. It was just what my soul needed to read this past week as well. It is about a woman taking time to step back, and that is exactly what I am trying to accomplish. The book is less about saying the *right* yes and more about taking the time to see what is around you, and making choices that are the best for you and your family - exactly what I am trying to accomplish.
I think that in my quest for slow living I am constantly pushing against the mainstream. While I like to think of myself as no longer a people-pleaser, I also need to remember that I am a recovering people-pleaser, so I still say yes when I know I shouldn't, and I still want to make sure everyone else around me is happy - sometimes at the expense of my own happiness.
One really interesting part of the book was when the author discussed the difference between many and more.
Many is measurable. More is immeasurable. We wanted more. (How much?) We needed more. (How much?) More is a never-ending immeasurable. It can't be counted or valued or summed or justified. More is always, by definition, just ahead at the horizon. That's why we never stop chasing it. More is never enough.
That was definitely a wake up for me. I think as humans we inherently want more. That isn't always a bad thing, but in the age of social media and instant everything, it is for me.
I am constantly looking for validation in my decisions, and this book definitely allowed some of that for me. Saying it is OK to step back a bit, to maybe not try to do all the things, even if they are really fun and exciting.
I definitely recommend it!
What are you working on this week creatively? Any fun new books I should put on my reading list?