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Do I smell gratitude?

I did something tonight that shows just how much my life has changed since moving to Windsor. Brace yourself, as it’s rather shocking.

I made cookies.

“That’s it?!” you say incredulously? Well, my friend, to me this batch of cookies is a perfect representation of everything I love about my life these days, namely:

  1. I am not tired, tired, tired after the one-hour-each-way-commute-plus-full-workday lifestyle that I left behind, so tired that all I can bring myself to do when I get home in the evening is slump in front of the TV for a few hours, so tired that all I want to accomplish on weekends is to catch up on sleep.
  2. I have more time to myself. In addition to the reclaimed travel time (my commute these days involves, depending on where I am at that moment, walking up or down a flight of stairs to my home office), my reduced cost of living allowed me to reduce my work week to the equivalent of four days. With more time to myself, I have more options as to how I spend my time.
  3. I have a larger kitchen! There’s not a ton more prep space in my new kitchen, but there’s quite a bit more in the way of cupboard storage, so I was finally able to buy a proper stand mixer and toss my dying old hand mixer that was almost worse than useless. There’s a lot more incentive to bake when one has the proper space and equipment, you know?
  4. I am proud of myself for following a dream, taking a calculated risk, taking the steps to live my life instead of simply putting in time.
  5. I am, plain and simple, happier. Money isn’t as tight, time isn’t as fully claimed, I adore my house and love being here. For me, happiness tends to bubble over into things like writing more, taking better care of myself, maybe even baking.

I never thought making a batch of cookies could evoke so much gratitude, but there it is.

I’ll bet they taste great.

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • a.eye January 14, 2012

    Congrats on “doing you”! And taking care of yourself and living your life the way you want it. I hope to be able to be better at doing the same.

    Enjoy your cookies, too. 😉

    • Dawn January 15, 2012

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Agatha January 14, 2012

    One of my goals this year is to treat each chance I have to make or eat food a chance for celebration for all the beautiful, bountiful bits of my life that make food a possibility. Gratitude for a batch of cookies is absolutely delightful. xo

    • Dawn January 15, 2012

      What a fabulous goal! Thank you. 🙂

  • Nannette January 14, 2012

    Boy can I relate. Have spent the last week eating better & taking better care of myself. I can sure tell the difference in my energy level!

    • Dawn January 15, 2012

      Excellent! We’re worth it. 🙂

  • Lynda January 15, 2012

    Loved reading this as I do all your posts about the move to Windsor and how it has enriched your lives. You make it all sound like such a win win situation and Windsor is starting to sound delightful. So not only has it been good for you but I think a bonus for Windsor. Keep up the good writing.

    • Dawn January 15, 2012

      Thank you! Windsor isn’t a dream city by any means, but it’s exactly where we need to be right now, so it’s perfect for us!

  • Diane January 16, 2012

    Go you! So glad to see you’re settled and happy.

    • Dawn January 16, 2012

      Thank you, Diane! We miss you guys – wish you could come for a visit!


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