Last week I asked some lovely ladies that I am in a Facebook community with to keep me accountable for a task. I wanted to clear space in the bedroom to set up my desk so that I would have space to create. I felt it important that in order to really embrace my Guiding Word this year [create] I would need space in which to do that. One of the biggest things I’ve taken from reading Lori Pickert’s Project Based Homeschooling book is how important having that space is. We’ve put it into practice already with Minime by giving her a desk and space in the main area of the house this Christmas.
As you can see the desk had almost immediate results! She pretty much lives there whenever she is at our house. The corkboard is rapidly filling with notes and reminders to herself. It’s been incredible to watch her dive in and I can not wait to see where it leads.
All this has really made me want my own space. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t covet her desk just a teeny bit. N and I made a promise that we would not ever use her desk. Most families can relate to the fact that empty spaces tend to fill. It’s tempting, when I am hurridly clearing the table for games or food or what have you, to just relocate some of the things to her desk which is conveniently located next to the table. But I can’t do this, that space is hers… ready and available to her whenever she wants.
So, I hatched a plot to get my desk all ready to go. N and I are still unpacking boxes from our move. Life sort of happened, a lot, and we never really fully moved in. Yes we have all the essentials, but there are still boxes lurking in closets and unused rooms everywhere. My plan was to tackle this over the weekend. I wanted space so that I could start to stretch creatively.
Sometimes I think God has a wicked sense of humor lol. Some things with work really came to a head this weekend and I found myself really convicted that the financial cushion my current job provided was not worth the damage that it was doing to me, and through me my family. We sat down, we crunched the numbers, we prayed, we had some elders from the church pray with us, and we decided that this morning, I would quit my job.
I did so first thing this morning. I don’t know what the future holds for me. I dream of being a work at home mom, able to be there for my family in a way that is not possible when I work 8 hours a day, commute, and unwind. What sits before me is a huge opportunity to create the kind of life that N and I want.
This was not exactly what I had in mind when I set out to create my space this weekend. But as I sit here, contemplating all the possibilities, it is exactly the space I needed.