Don’t let the landslide bring you down…

Once I pulled out all the clothes in my closet that I hated I wasn’t left with much. I’m a stay at home mom with three young boys and we live on just my husband’s income. Needless to say, I don’t buy myself clothes hardly ever. A majority of my closet was full of hand-me-downs from my sister or mom, thrift store finds or at least a decade old. When I cleaned out my closet, my closet was cleaned out. I really had nothing to wear. This was good and bad. And to someone practicing minimalism and project 333, I was able to fill in the gaps with a very few items for not a lot of money. Another thing that happened was that I decided to start actually putting on clothes every day and not just staying in my lounge wear. This may sound funny but I know a lot of stay at home moms like myself who have a complete wardrobe that most would consider pajamas. So, once I started wearing my actual clothes again I realized I had put on some weight. I had put on about 10lbs which is enough to make me uncomfortable in some of my shorts and pants. I stood in the mirror with my muffin top hanging over my old shorts and I was unhappy. I had to make a choice. I could quit because this was my first hurdle and go back to my pajama pants and tshirts. Or, I could accept this challenge, climb the mountain and turn around. I have been affraid to change in the past. I was always scared that I would quit or not follow through all the way. But so what?  If I’m not happy, I’ll never know what makes me happy if I don’t try to change. Luckily a local store was having a sale on shorts and I got a good deal and I decided to wear things that make me feel comfortable and I’ll work on myself at the same time. I can’t get upset at myself for gaining weight. It’s already done so I can’t go back in time. I can however press forward and change myself and strive to be happy. Stevie Nix wrote Landslide when she was unhappy and lonely. It took her 5 minutes she said because she knew it was either do this (continue her music career despite her first album not fairing well) or be unhappy as a waitress, etc.  So she climbed the mountain (literally….she was in Aspen) and cleared her mind and that is all it took. Determination unlocked her talent. We all know the end of that story. I may or may not lose those 10lbs. But I’m going to decide to love myself either way.  I’m a mom with young children and I’ve got more important things in this season. And we all know seasons change… 

Love and peace,

Christal

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
‘Til the landslide brought it down
Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older, too

Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older, too
Oh, I’m getting older, too

I took my love, I took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down
Oh, the landslide will bring it down.

-Stevie Nix 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. minimallol says:

    Hi Christal, what an inspirational post – full of thoughtful insights. And you quoted one of my favourite songs ever!! Onwards and upwards, Lxx

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    1. Thank you! I love that song too!

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