I grew up in a small, country town with a high school graduating class of about 110 people. I knew there were bigger and better things outside this rural place I once called home. In my adventures to independence, all the things unexpected became a part of my experience in finding peace. And one of those places where it’s most serene, is my home in the country.
If you recall, my husband and I moved onto 5 acres last September. We were wanting to get out of the ‘rat race’. This move has completely changed my lifestyle in ways that I could enjoy cooking again, getting my hands dirty in the garden, and raising my chickens. My family would have never thought I’d do these things since they often viewed me as a “city girl” and I never liked getting my nails dirty. But, things change in time, and so did I.
Now, I don’t worry about my nails as often, but do make sure they are clean after a long weekend from working outside. 🙂 Other things I used to obsessed with were the latest fashion and wedding trends. I would love going through fashion and wedding magazines and enjoy the new ads. It was also an inspiration for me as a wedding photographer to keep up and connect with my clients, too. However, my priorities changed as the material things started to slowly fade, and getting back to basics: healthy living, clean eating, getting enough sleep, and peaceful sunsets, is my obligation. Don’t get me wrong, I still love clothes, shoes, and photographing the occasional wedding events, but I couldn’t be more happier with my current lifestyle.
This last week at work, I wore a pink gingham, long sleeved shirt, blue jeans, and a pair of pink-checkered, top-slider shoes. Totally farmer status, right? I was told by 3 different people that I looked like a farmer, but I took it as a great compliment. The me in the past may have slightly taken offense to it, but instead, I just said Thank You, and meant it.
I feel more at peace living in the country. I’m more at peace with who I am…or who I’m discovering I want to be…who I’m allowing myself to be. I’m wanting to make changes in my life. I’m no longer content having each year go by faster and faster without creating the life I want. Creating a slower life, as I mentioned in my 2014 looking ahead, has been one of the best things I could have ever done. Everyone should take the time to reflect on last year and look ahead to the new year and make goals. Take steps to create the life you want.
I am a bit surprised with myself, but I am after all, a Country Girl.