It's 20 degrees outside, but I don't know that - really - because I'm inside my house. Tonight, when I'm sleepy, I'll hop in my bed, and I won't need
Mary Alice Hatch is a wife and mother of two. Six years ago she actively pursued her dream of starting her own interior design studio. For the last two years she has served as her own client designing and decorating two homes in New Hampshire and Wellesley, MA. She begins: "Since I was a small child, I have always loved to create. I love to create something magnificent from something ordinary. I love entering a new space and coming up with endless new possibilities for it."
"I don't even have the time or energy to hear myself think a thought, how can I possibly 'dare to dream'?" If this is your current plight, I dedicate Janika's guest posting to you (and your loved ones), dear reader! She writes: This week I've become a rebellious hermit. Since last October, our family has been planning a spring break trip to visit friends and historical sites in Pennsylvania... but at the last minute, I opted to stay home.
When one of my friends eagerly shared with her husband an entrepreneurial idea, his response was: What about our our home, our children? Though unspoken, I suspect he wondered what about me? The myth of Psyche, a story that helps us understand feminine psychological development, may have been helpful here. Remember Psyche would not have undertaken this hero's journey during which she had to complete four tasks, had it not been to rescue a loved one. Consensus suggests women can't attend to their relationships and their identity -- the Psyche myth suggests otherwise. Let's look at the first question: 1) What about our home? As we pursue a dream, will there be specific tasks that we currently do that won't get done? In other words, will chaos ensue?
I woke up this morning happy, rolled over, slept some more, and an hour later, woke up again. Giddy. My husband took our children down to visit with family for the day. So I'm home alone without a list of a million things that I expect myself to get done because my perfectionist self is away as well -- I kindly asked her to go on holiday -- and proceeded to give myself permission. Permission to watch two episodes of 'What not to Wear'. To get up when I want to. To think what I want to. To do what I want to -- when I want to.