What Inspires Me

I’m reading The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner, a productivity book that has been on my to-read list since it came out. Its about finding time for your passions and for yourself amid busy seasons of life, motherhood, work, etc. In the first section, she urges the reader to identify what may keep a person from making time for herself (guilt, busyness, etc), and the next section deals with discovering what one’s passions are.

I almost skipped this part because my passions are reading and writing, always. What did I love to do as a child? 1) read 2) write. (  3) be alone!)

I remember going to the school library and the teacher would lead us to our age-level section, then look at me and tell me I could go wherever because she knew I was bored. Not that I was unusually anything, I just really liked to read and spent more time doing it than a lot of kids my age.

So when I thought through this section, I wasn’t surprised to note reading/writing as my passion. But another one that I had forgotten about was the outdoors. I was CONSTANTLY outside as a kid (usually in a tree or in the woods). I loved being outside in the fields by myself, riding bikes down country roads by myself (my goodness how dangerous nowadays), looking at leaves and trees and streams by myself.

This is one passion of mine that I have utterly neglected. Now I only go outside if its with the children and I’m so busy keeping up with them I hardly notice what is around me.

So I’d like to make more time to get out in nature. Taking walks alone outside everyday would be my ultimate goal, though I’m not sure how I’ll make that happen yet. I’d like to take my family camping and hiking. I’d like my kids to love the forests and trails as much as I do. Maybe the rest of this book will help me figure out how to make this dream a reality!

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