Has anyone watched the show Hart of Dixie? It's a new favorite of mine that Emma suggested I start watching (Season 1 is on Netflix Streaming, Season 2 you can buy from Amazon Video). She said this show would be right up my alley: The South, small towns, and really good clothes. Oh and she was right. This show (and those clothes), well, they are pretty fabulous. I've been averaging about 2-3 episodes a night and finished Season 1 in a week and a half. My mind is pondering who Zoe will choose...Wade or George. I a rooting for Wade. George is a great guy, but I've always had a soft spot for the underdog. Oh and can we talk about the name Lemon for a second. If I ever have a daughter...
One of the lessons the show has taught me is that we should all live a bit more simply. Get to know your neighbors. Have conversations that don't involve technology. Go fishing. And stop working so darn much. The simple life, while isn't easily obtained where I live, it is a good goal to strive for.
It may be a long time before we buy our dream home on the lake with the sunset views and 10 acres of land, but it doesn't mean that I can't make my simple life here and now. I've been trying to tell myself that whether that emailed gets answered tonight or tomorrow, it really doesn't matter. I have been really enjoying my down time and making it a priority in my day. I've been saying yes to evening walks and no to overtime. Yes analogue evenings and no to useless meetings that I don't have time for.
It's been five months since I started my new job and June and July were some of the most stressful times I've been through in a while. I had moments of "what did I get myself into?" and moments where I selfishly exclaimed that I missed being unemployed (which I understand makes me a brat), but I pushed through it and am now ready for a new chapter of just going with the flow and taking it easy. Stress, while brought on by outwardly things, for the most part is self-induced, particularly with my personality - which, if you think about it, is a good thing. It means I can control it. And that's what I'm doing now. Thanks for the reminder, Zoe Hart.