Oh yes, my BIG IDEA! Time for a few confessions and some back story first. We will get there, I promise. So, if you are possibly new to my blog, I should mention that I worked in the corporate chemical industry for 18 years and completely burned out. I quit the corporate gig just over 3 years ago. Since then, I have done a little bit of building a plant based nutrition business, a little bit of plant based nutrition teaching and health coaching, a bit of housewifing, and... a lot of recovering really. I am starting to realize how hard core burned out I was. 3 years is a lot of recovering and it was necessary. Very necessary. I don't regret giving myself that time.
That being said, I am getting antsy. Itching to do something with my life besides cleaning the house, cooking awesome vegan food - I do love having the time for that and feeling GREAT about the healthy plant foods we make for almost every meal, including packed lunches, never had time for that type of self-care when working the corporate grind. Where was I? I am awful with run-on sentences. Sorry about that. Itching to do something besides housewifing, caring for our pets, and honestly, sleeping.
I have done a lot of sleeping over the past 3 years. As in almost daily naps. Sometimes more than one nap a day. Pretty sure my adrenals were completely shot. I have healed and recovered a lot of things as I transitioned to a whole foods plant based diet and just given myself space to breathe, sleep, heal, recover. I am so grateful to my husband for supporting me and helping me realize I could take the time I needed.
During my 3 year sabbatical, we have planned a gorgeous wedding, got married in a castle in Scotland, honeymooned in the Maldives, and moved to Memphis! Lots of change for us. Lots of good, good change. Our relationship is the best it has ever been and I think Simon & I are both the happiest we have ever been.
To break up this marathon post, here is a picture of my dog Riley, napping on his dog bed today. Picture taken from our bed where I have been doing altogether too much napping. Sometimes our cat Basil joins me in bed for a napping trifecta.
Some days are more productive than others. Some days I have quite a few guilt pangs for how hard Simon works to support our lifestyle while I am napping and Facebooking (we are calling this healing, remember?). I am usually also trying to push away worry and stress about the fact that our house in Michigan hasn't sold yet even though we have dropped the price so many times I can't even count any more. *Serenity Now* *Sigh*
I have offered to be the one to go get a corporate job and let Simon have a sabbatical. We seem to both intuitively know that wouldn't be a great idea right now. Simon still enjoys chemical engineering and he knows how burned out I am/was. But I could do it. I still have that chemical engineering degree, MBA, and 18 years experience.
Right now, it's safe to say the housewifing is getting old and I am not actively looking for a corporate chemical industry job. I am in a bit of an odd middle ground right now. Almost every week I think about... WORKING. I know. Cuh-ray-zee! I throw out ideas like working at Graceland, working at our local vegan restaurant, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, lab technician, whatever. The ideas run the gamut. But they keep coming back.
I just don't think I am ready to retire to housewifing for the rest of my life.
I said it.
This is big news for me. Had you asked me 2 or 3 years ago, I would have welcomed staying in bed for half the day for the rest of my life. I was that burned to a crisp.
OK, my BIG IDEA. Operation Engage With Life!
This is what came to me this morning. I hate the house cleaning. I really do. I am doing it until we sell that damned Michigan house and have some breathing room in the budget to hire a cleaning service. I even have a little housewifing schedule that I try to keep to so I am not cleaning for 4 hours at a time, just an hour or so each day. Although vacuuming can take me 2 hours. I hate vacuuming the worst of all those chores. I am very good and thorough at house cleaning. I was taught how to properly clean and scrub everything from my OCD Grandma Arnold. I can do it. Just don't like to.
- Get up and going fairly early every day. Enjoy my cup of tea and a little internet, but out of bed and bed made by 8am every day.
- Get my housewifing tasks done early.
- Get OUT and engage with my new community every day. Simon & I made huge changes in our lives to be able to live in Memphis, so we are going to LIVE in Memphis and really enjoy it.
- Blog about it. My blog isn't call Jennifer Parsley's Memphis Vegan Life so you can never hear from me while I sleep my life away.
- NO NAPPING.
- Visit and engage with human beings every day. Stop by somewhere in my community, learn about new places, new people, new things. (This was inspired by my BFF Robin's example and advice from when she lived in Berkeley, Cali.)
- Keep cooking my delicious vegan food and sharing recipes and ideas. I do love this part of my life.
That's a rough overview of everything that popped into my head this morning. I will get into more detail with my next blog post, probably tomorrow. I plan to blog a lot more often as I engage with life a lot more often.
Thanks for 'listening'. I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride. I truly believe that breaking up the stagnant patterns and energy in my life will bring about some magical changes. I just KNOW our house will sell, we will enjoy growing roots in Memphis, and the right opportunity for - work? volunteering? who knows what? - will come along for me. I just need to get out there and find it.
Have to go get ready for yoga. You saw it on the schedule, 6pm tonight. These last few pics are of me enjoying a gorgeous sunny 80 degree day in Memphis today. Setting up a little outdoor office and listening to some Cher while I blogged. Cool stuff!
More to come soon. Stay tuned. xoxo