I FORGOT

/ Mindy's Memos
Photo by Elizabeth Messina Hello Friends! Happy 2012! As we begin the New Year I thought I would share something I FORGOT. I decided to take a week off of work between Christmas and New Year's. Saying I would do it was easy - now I had to prove to myself and to my office that I could disconnect. I woke up my first day of NO WORK and I FORGOT how to just la...

Photo by Elizabeth Messina

Hello Friends! Happy 2012!
As we begin the New Year I thought I would share something I FORGOT.
I decided to take a week off of work between Christmas and New Year’s. Saying I would do it was easy – now I had to prove to myself and to my office that I could disconnect.

I woke up my first day of NO WORK and I FORGOT how to just lay. Just lay in bed and do nothing. I jumped out of bed because it didn’t feel right to just lay around. I opened my bedroom curtains and I FORGOT how lovely the view is from my bedroom. I FORGOT that I have a gardner come twice a week to maintain the plants and flowers. I FORGOT I have fruit trees that wait for me to enjoy its delicious growth of lemons, limes and baby apples. They just grow and rot because I FORGOT they were there. I FORGOT to take the plastic off the new cushions I bought last summer for my kids and their friends to enjoy…were they laying on the plastic?

I went into my 13 year old son’s room and snuggled with him on my first day off. I FORGOT that he had grown about 2 more feet and his legs are longer then mine and my little boy was transforming into a man before my eyes…I FORGOT to notice. I went into my middle son’s room (he’s 21, 6’1 and about 200 pounds ) singing a wake up song I would sing every morning when he was little. He was half asleep but managed to sing all the words right back to me. I FORGOT how he used to be so angry every morning because of my horrible voice but now he found it funny. I FORGOT how I use to laugh hysterically as he would yell at me to “please stop singing!”
My dogs were confused at why I was the one feeding them and walking them but I FORGOT how much I love their sweetness and unconditional love and how out of shape I’m in… they walked me around the block!

I FORGOT that I can actually make plans with my family and friends and not have to cancel because I have a work emergency. I FORGOT that I can go to a movie and not only be inspired but I didn’t have to look at my Blackberry 50 times (ok, so 20 times- but I’mworking on it…)  to see if someone needed me. I FORGOT that there is a whole city out there right in front of me that exists – it’s not only the box I put myself in from home to work to carpool to work to home. I FORGOT about me. My hubby and kids FORGOT that I can actually cook. I had 48 over for Hanukkah and I FORGOT where all my cooking utensils were and all my vintage bowls and platters that I bought for the moment I would have people over. I FORGOT how long it takes to cook a brisket.

I FORGOT that I started knitting 3 scarfs about 4 years ago and I found the bag I safely put away with inspiration for more knitting projects. I FORGOT that the feeling I get when I laugh is like the feeling I get when I see a dream I created come true…feels like home to me.

So as I get ready to go back to work I decided that along with the dreams I plan to create for my clients I will make a priority to take time for some of my dreams, my husband’s dreams my children’s dreams. I don’t want to go through life FORGETTING what could of been, because I just had to take one week off to REMEMBER what I FORGOT!

XOX Mindy

 

 

 

  1. Cassandre Snyder reply

    So glad you took some time to remember Min. Xo..

  2. Chrystina Noel reply

    That’s awesome that you had time to relax and remember all of these things – a great way to kick off 2012!

  3. Jennifer Naylor reply

    Thanks for inspiring New Year’s post and for reminder not to forget what’s important, good for you!

  4. Amber Housley reply

    Loved reading this post! I think we’re all at this same point as we kick off the new year. Ready to embrace intentional living. :)

  5. Eliana B. reply

    So easy to forget and this is something I really need to work on in the new year. Just spending time with love ones is something so easily missed. Thank you for sharing Min. Let’s work on this together! Xoxo

  6. Amy reply

    This makes me cry I don’t want to forget either, 2012 is about balance

  7. Mindy reply

    I think we all need to remember to take a breath and look around us. The sad part is when we get caught up with doing what we love we always forget about our lives because we like what we are creating for someone.

    May I say I love your dress in this photo.

    Mindy

  8. Alicia Keats reply

    Thank you for the reminder ;)

  9. Kailey-Michelle reply

    Such a blessing this week was for you! Beautiful reflection! Thanks for sharing and for the reminder :)

  10. Debbie reply

    This is such a great reminder for all of us who work so hard in our businesses. Thank you for being incredibly authentic and sharing this!

  11. Pamela Almonte reply

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  12. Karry reply

    So very true. We can get so wrapped up in the businesses we are building, that we become blind to the very reasons we work so hard. Enjoy your sweet family!

  13. Karen reply

    Mindy, you are THE BEST! You truly are such an inspiration in the party planning world and I am learning a lot from you. I had the pleasure of attending one of your amazing events when my friends, Michelle and Beno, got married last year. I was so taken away by how majestic you and your team made it, that I wrote a blog on it. Whenever you get the chance, I would love for you to read it here: http://partywithak.blogspot.com/2011/07/party-of-month-udrih-wedding-by-mindy.html
    In the mean time, I hope that I can cross paths with you as I did see you at their wedding but didn’t think that would be the best time to speak to you. I would be honored to sit down with you and get some pointers as I have started my own party consulting business and would appreciate some mentorship.

    Thank you!

    Karen

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