I am changing how I do things. Here, there and everywhere. Some people might call it streamlining. I call it slipstreaming. Because that sounds so romantic - like a floating down a river in an inner tube. I'm slipstreaming because I need more time to paint. To love this life. To do what fuels me, to love the people I need to, and to rest when I have to.
The ideal trifecta, right?
Online: I took the 21 blogs I like to read every day and cut that to 3. I deleted the online newspapers and unsubscribed to emails that I was tired of deleting daily (like the GAP!). I paused a bit before doing this because I thought: what if I miss something? What if I hurt someones feelings? What if Gap has a killer sale? What if I get left behind? So what. I am tired of photos of macaroons and glitter painted nails. And triangles. And anything else that is annoying. I'm tired. I'm tired of spending too much time living other peoples lives and feeling strangely inadequate. I'm tired of the endlessly revolving ad machine.
In home: Mega PURGE. First, the clothes. Second the toys. Third the furniture. I have this dream that I will fill the walls with paintings and have perfectly styled rooms. I won't. And I vow not to sweat it. But I will fix broken things and make lists - room by room. OH I am a rockstar at working the timer features on the washing machine, dryer, slow cooker and oven (together with an assortment of really annoying iphone reminders so I remember) and it is GAME ON. Anything to add to the slipstream.
In bellies: I am eating without gluten, dairy, eggs and a couple of other things... but I'm the only one in the house that needs to do that. So, I'm working on an easy meal plan and schedule to take the pressure off preparing foods we can all enjoy so that I am less stressed when the girls are melting down and we have nothing for dinner that I can eat. This will be the hardest for me, but I am committed.
I think these three changes will change us. That's totally my hopefulness talking.
Slipstreaming, I love you already AND the photos at the top of the post are from my Instagram feed. I'm not reading as many blogs and it might seem quiet here... but I am an posting paintings, progress shots and peeks into our slipstreaming life. @kalbarteski
Today: it's a girl tribe day and we are off to fill the grocery part of our ideal trifecta. I hope it will be goodness. Like coffee.