Welcome! I'm Sharon...child of the one true King, wife, mama, daughter, sister and friend.
And I need a lot of Grace.
For the past 8 years, I've been learning how to live a more graceful Life. A more simplified, purposeful, healthy, priority-led life.
Before the latest minimalist movement, before the last recession, before seemingly everyone on the planet had a blog, I walked away from a successful corporate career and returned home in search of those simple values of life. I even blogged about simple values at first. I begged the question, "What had I come to value in life, regardless my words, and what are the core values that truly fulfill all of us." In those early efforts, I realized I had a lot to learn...still do. Along with a stressful corporate life went a nice dependable paycheck. My husband and I quickly learned that our 'thriftiness' would be honed further than we ever imagined and our faith would grow exponentially as we embarked on this life of getting back to basics.
It was a surrendering in many ways. One of realizing that by grace I had been given (and allowed to accomplish) most things I'd ever asked for or set out to do...and guilt-filled, I had to admit I still wasn't satisfied. I missed the freedom of little things...little things that were actually really big things in the grand scheme. Our son's track meets, being there after school to share the day's events, snow days, my husband's vacation days that I couldn't take, gardening and crafting days with my mom. Worse, I had no time to enjoy the things I'd been blessed with and worked so hard for. This revelation brought me to the end of myself and to the beginning of a new way to look at life. Could we get back to basics...and focus on the important goals of life? And just what were those things anyhow? And could it be done on one income, with a mortgage and a son about to go off to college? It would take a leap of faith...and we were terrified at the thought.
At times, my husband was my emotional support and at other times, I was his. But our most important lesson was learning NOT to lean on each other FIRST. We learned to not lean on our own understanding but to grow in the faith that things would work together for good if we were focused on the right path. And that hard times would still come and narrower gates would be harder to navigate but we'd be better equipped to go through them.
This one choice made more of a positive impact on our lives than any single act...ever. It has been a spiritual journey like none other. The domino effect continues today. My husband and I have a far better relationship (and mind you, we didn't think it was bad to start with). Our son who has now successfully flown the nest, agrees that there were hard lessons he'd never have learned had we not gone down this path of getting back to basics and learning new priorities. We've met and loved and shared with people we'd never have had the joy of meeting. We've traveled to foreign lands to help our neighbors and we've hosted them here. We've learned that LESS really is SO MUCH MORE. We cook and eat healthier, we spend our time more productively AND we have time to rest and relax. We take time for things that we enjoy. For me that includes writing, all forms of design (from jewelry and decor to graphic and web), organizing, technology, photography, music, cooking, gardening, running and sailing. Along the way, I've been blessed to work with several ministries and non-profits but mostly, I've been right here at home...learning, growing, helping and loving those around me.
Within the pages of this blog, I share one woman's journey toward living the life God called her to...the struggles, the victories, the things I've found that work and help us toward our goals. My focus is a less stressful, simple life of loving God and loving others. Many of my choices, though good and honorable, didn't always align with these goals and God's best plan for my life... and I continue daily the process of accessing what I must walk away from. One door often has to close in order for another to open. Like you, I am still learning and growing. And I can't help but share with you that there is hope. You will never doubt where my hope comes from.
And mine is a richer, fuller life for it.
Join me in the journey!
grace & peace,