As winter begins here in the hemisphere where I live, my little household has been dealing with health challenges that have forced us to slow down… but these challenges have also brought reminders of blessings, and support (seen and unseen), and priorities, and creative solutions.
As I recover from an illness at the same time my husband recovers from surgery, we’re taking this time to rest, to be together, to be grateful for what we have, and to think about our next steps.
Before I got sick in November, I had been working regularly on fiction – and I’ll be back to that very soon.
Fiction writing has been a through-line in my life for as long as I’ve been able to form letters into words. There have been some bumps in the road resulting in times not writing, but over and over I continue to get reminders that it’s one of my purposes in this life… And I’m looking forward to getting back to work on my current project.
And although I haven’t felt up to writing during this time of my own sickness and my husband’s health issues and surgery, I did make it to canvas a few times. Only for short spurts now and then, but even that much helps me stay connected to creativity and the painting flow.
This has been a time of taking it easy. Resting. Replenishing. Nourishing body and soul and spirit.
It has been a time of finding creative solutions to deal with limitations of sickness and surgery… but we’re doing it.
It has been a time of connecting even more strongly to my spiritual faith, trust, and knowing all will be well (no matter what).
It has been a time of love – love between me and my husband, love given and received to family and friends, reconnecting with people, and our cute Chloe bringing her usual joy and loving presence into our household.
And it has been a time of becoming more clear about how I’m being guided to live and spend my time, what I’m being guided to do, and what I’m being guided to let go of.
This feels like the right time for these shifts… I became another year older last weekend, the wheel of the year has just made another turn with the Solstice and we’re about to shift into days lengthening but in winter’s grip for a few months, and one year is about to end and another begin.
One thing I’m letting go of is doing work as Subtle Harmony.
Since 2010, my Subtle Harmony shop has been on Etsy with my crafts, creations, and offerings, and then a couple of years later it expanded to be my own Subtle Harmony website in addition to my Etsy shop.
But it’s time to let go of doing my work under that name, and it’s time to let go of doing certain work completely. Whether some of what I once did with Subtle Harmony will return one day… I honestly don’t know the answer to that right now. Even if it does, it won’t be with that name.
What I do know right now is that I’m being guided to focus on writing, especially fiction.
I’m being guided to continue to create – and at some point I may offer those creations again, just not with the Subtle Harmony name.
And I’m being guided to continue to focus on self care, soul nourishment, connection to joy, and living true.
What I do might look a bit different now…
But it feels very right.