Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Island Time. A New Revolution!

Oh my gosh... I can't believe how long it's been since I've blogged here! Some days things just have to be put on the old 'back-burner' until time permits. Alas, this was one of those things. For many days. While I allowed life's demands to pull me out of my Island Time mentality.

Honestly, sometimes I'd think, "I don't need to blog about it. I'm just too busy to care, and why pressure myself." Other days I'd think, "But I WANT to blog about it. It's such a great record of my evolution (I imagine myself reminiscing in my rocking chair on the porch when we're in our 80's), and a creative outlet as well as an emotional one." Whatever the case, I just didn't feel motivated or inspired often times, to actually sit down and write. I have a theory on that....
Running and updating a photography business. Writing for income via an at-home-job-opp. Tending to children's continual needs. Laundry. Bills. Groceries. Grocery shopping. Children's continual needs. Making lunches for husband. Playing husband's secretary. Making lunches for children. Organizing dinner (and helping to cook & then cleaning up afterward). Keeping up house. Tending to children's continual needs. Did I mention children's continual needs? Because, well, they are continual. "Mommy" "Mommy" "Mommy" - the soundtrack to my life ;)

Ironically though, my lack of 'motivation' began with something much more positive and inspiring than being 'too busy'... It was my adoption of the concept of "Island Time'. For TWO full months after returning home from our amazing opportunity to visit the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean, I felt this inward sense of peace and serenity - even in the face of day-to-day challenges that life may present. For those of you who have not (YET; If you dream it, it can happen) had the pleasure of visiting a Caribbean island... allow me to expand on this intrinsically beautiful, and simple concept that can be implemented into anyone's life at will. I highly recommend it too! Basically, it can be summed up like this: "Ah yes. We're here. We're working on it. We're all in this together. It'll GET done. Eventually." There you have it in plain old, upper-mid-western-life-constantly-on-the-go-go-go- translated-English... Island Time!

Actually, we had read about this other-worldly phenomenon during our research prior to arriving on the island. Sadly, it was portrayed as a very negative thing - in a number of restaurant reviews, in particular... "blah blah blah... and you'll probably wait at least 45 mins to get your food.... blah blah blah..." I was like, "WHO CARES?! Seriously - that is how our culture is? We're even in a 'hurry' to 'eat and run' while on vacation on a distant island?? Are you in a hurry to get back to - oh - I dunno - the BEACH? UM.... It'll still be there. Additionally, most of the restaurants are on or very near a beach. We ate on a sandy beach every evening! I can't understand why people are so incapable of just enjoying themselves leisurely any more, without the need to find something negative to remark on, or continually be in a hurry. It's got to be exhausting and disappointing to require such perfection and high expectations from people and from life.

Anyway - I see it purely as a positive thing, and - something I really needed - to help me maintain a more care-free way of life going forward. Now, when I begin to lose my grip on my "I'm not a robot" and "no need to be running constantly like mutated chickens without heads" approach to life, inevitably getting sucked back into the whirlwinds that constantly surround me, I conveniently remind myself, "Hey! It'll get done. On Island Time. 'S'all good."

It's not always easy. I did get unwittingly yanked back into the ol' hamster wheel for a while there... But, at least I have felt this basic, innate human inclination to slow down and actually ENJOY life in the process of living it! I know this way of life exists, and is absolutely beneficial to our overall well-being and health. I know, too, how to summon it again, and I even have a name for it now; Cheers to Island Time!

TIP: If your kiddo won't eat her sandwich at school because it gets a little bit 'icky' from condensation (due to a cold pack)... Try just a PB sandwich and 'sides' that don't require refrigeration. We use Santa Cruz Organic - in GLASS jars-  PB (My fave ingredient list EVER: "Peanuts, salt"!), and include things like dried fruits, plantain chips, organic crackers... You can also include whole apples or bananas without the need for a cold pack.
WHIDFML: Scheduled my first massage in many moons... Can't WAIT!!!!!!!!!
A QUOTE: "Beware the barrenness of a busy life." ~ Socrates
A PIN: Notebooks for sale! {Just remember, there are really only so many things that you HAVE to get done.... Island Time!}
i want to sell these at my store, I can think of 100s of people who would buy them LOL

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