Feels like ages since my last post. I’ve been scurrying all over Florida for the better part of two weeks. I visited Darla, played sessions with the fine Irish music folks of Tallahassee, performed at a charming little wine bar with Hearthstone, gave a guest performance with Bret for Florida State University’s Irish ensemble class, and visited my parents to say goodbye to my mom before she left for her two-month trip to Nepal!
And I, finally, am back home. Ahhh.
I almost feel like a different person. Obviously, I am the same Jaime, but I’ve just been so whirlwindy busy that, now that I’m all settled, I feel like I can look at myself with a new sense of calm and nonjudgment. I see changes. Sometime in the last couple years, I’ve become an absolute hobbit homebody. I love being home! I love having my time, relaxing in my own comfortable environment, working at my own pace, starting projects on my whim, walking around half-clothed, etc. I’m good at staying home. I’ve heard people say before “I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I were retired.” Nuh uh. Not me. Bring it on, I say.
I don’t get bored with myself at home. I do research. I learn things. I have fun. And I work on things I like. And now that I’m getting settled back into the home groove, I’m really excited to start on some new projects! I’m designing a website for an awesome lady who makes beautiful synthetic dreadlocks. I’m going to set up and run my mom’s Etsy shop while she’s in Nepal (and I inherited a pretty cool camera from my parents for this purpose)! I’m also starting to overhaul my computer to make Xubuntu Linux my main operating system. /nerdflex
And being home has afforded me the time to pay close attention to my body and my health, to prepare food carefully and consciously, and to evaluate and make changes in how I do things. I’m still dropping pounds from cutting out grains, and still feeling awesome and more nourished than ever. I’ve been on a serious smoothie kick lately. Remember those yogurt shots I made? That’s where it started. I’ve been experimenting with all things fruity, rooty, vegetably, bubbly, spicy, and sweet. The immersion blender is my magic wand. Recipes to come!
Another new and exciting development in my life and health is that I’ve started cleansing the skin on my face with oil. Quick rundown: the Oil Cleansing Method works on the principle that like dissolves like. Oil dissolves oil (and I hear it also makes an extremely effective and nourishing makeup remover, if you’re into that sort of thing). So this morning, instead of washing my face with good ol’ h2o, I massaged my face with a combination of safflower and jojoba oils, gently steamed with a hot washcloth, then gently wiped off the oil. IT FELT AWESOME. And I’ve been touching my crazy soft cheeks all day, wondering why I haven’t tried OCM before now. Have you ever heard about it? Tried it? Want to? There is a ton of information about it–just ask Google.
Starting new projects and making small changes like these has been really encouraging to me. And it’s really made me think about my idea of change itself. I’m realizing that change is not necessarily a singular pivotal moment at which everything becomes different. For me, change has come in the form of many little trials, thoughtful decisions, and mindful adjustments over a period of time, culminating in a new and refreshed sense of health and direction. There’s no pressure in that change. It’s just living. It moves and breathes. At no point during the past however-many months did I decide “I PLAN TO RADICALLY CHANGE MY LIFE IN EXACTLY THESE WAYS”. I just thought. Evaluated. Felt. And listened. I liked what I learned. And now, I like where I’m at.
I’m excited for more. Tell me what you’re excited about, or about some changes you’re making, big or small. I would so love to hear.