It has now been 30+ days since the government shutdown and it has not been fun (my office has been affected by this). Sighing..... I really don't know what to think anymore. It's been so frustrating to watch and hear the news. I have been trying to take everything in doses. I don't want to overwhelm myself or become engrossed with what's going on yet I do want to still be informed.
During this shutdown, I have been trying to keep my life in order and trying to keep the right perspective. It is so easy to get caught in other people's life frustrations and situations. Sometimes you will find yourself absorbing other people's emotions and I don't want to do that. I am crazy on my own thank you very much! So what I have decided to do is remain grateful and enjoy as much beauty as I can.
First things first I have made it a point to enjoy flowers. The real and faux. In my office and at home. I really love flowers and have always used them as a source of joy and contentment. This is my faux arrangement at home. I love it next to my blue and white ginger jar.
The second thing has been enjoying my breakfast in the mornings. I love coming into my office having my pumpkin muffin, fresh pear and a hot cup of ginger tea. Since the shutdown, I have been making sure that I take my time sipping my tea.
I have also made a point to enjoy my lunches. This fabulous salad was created by one of our attorney's in our office. It is a spinach salad with apples, feta, almonds, and cranberries. Absolutely delicious and it was free! So glad she wanted to share this with everyone.
This past weekend my husband and I went furniture shopping. Now, of course, we did not spend anything but I think that it is okay to "window shop". I was able to find a nice dining room table that I wanted and was able to get a list from one of the sales reps. So when we are ready to purchase I know exactly how much we will spend. I love the table legs on this!
Love these host chairs that I picked out too.
( see my dining room inspiration post here)
I have also been trying to find new delicious and inexpensive recipes too. I just shared my spinach eggs recipe this week and I have loved cooking that as well as eating it. Enjoying my meals has been another way to be grateful and create a beautiful life. This dish is actually from a restaurant. It is called the Napa Chicken dinner. I talked about it here.
And the last thing that I have been doing is continuing to dress well. In spite of having limited funds and not receiving pay, I have made it a point to continue to dress well. Just because things are bad it does not mean that I should not continue to work and dress well. I am still working in my office giving it the same amount of effort as I would if things were normal. I believe the Lord will honor that. Keeping the right attitude during trials is just another part of our faith walk. I just keep telling myself, "the Lord has a plan". I don't know what it is but I am doing my very best to trust it. I remember a quote that I heard a Bible teacher say some years back. He said, "this is God's universe and God does things his way. You may have a better way but you don't have a universe".
I chuckled when I heard that. I thought, "yeah you are absolutely right". This is not my universe. So just wait patiently. I hope that you all enjoy your weekend and continue to be grateful.
(photos via Mrs. Shockley)