September 20, 2016
Don't Be Afraid To Mix It Up!
Posted by: Nancy Skee
I think I just like to mix it up. It keeps everything new. Although summer vacation has always been my very favorite season of the year - who doesn't love the warm weather, the pool, the long sunny days, the beautiful gardens, the ease of casual clothing....I could go on and on - I secretly like the beginning of fall. I don't know if it's the cooling down, or the leaves changing, or the fact that now, as a retired teacher, I can wave at the school bus in the morning instead of greeting it, which is so cool. Winter is tolerable. I don't enjoy the cold at all, and after about two weeks I'm ready for the springtime.
Mix it up, friends! I like to mix it up in my job. As a teacher I was lucky enough to change subject areas every few year. I taught fifth grade, sixth grade, a seventh-grade drama, art, dance, and music program called Unified Arts, a seventh- and eighth-grade museum program called The Landis Valley Project, and eighth grade Family and Consumer Science (a.k.a. Home Ec.). A co-worker and I also led a Middle School dance team and directed and produced our school plays. That kept it pretty interesting - so much fun!
I like to mix it up where I'm living. I love moving and have bought, sold and lived in six different homes in the past thirty-some years. More than some, less than others, but it's the whole idea of new beginnings and untapped potential and possibilities that makes that so appealing to me. Within each home I've been energized by rearranging furniture, painting walls, and digging up dirt to make a new garden or a pond. My kids used to joke that they'd never know what the place would look like when they came home from school on any given day. Here at the Inn although we're keeping it fresh, I'm holding back on changing too many things because I believe guests enjoy coming back to something familiar. All the same, new things keep it interesting.
How about you? Are you one who loves the familiar and is afraid of any kind of change?Maybe you throw caution to the wind and tries anything new, or you might be a person who enjoys the comfort of stability as a home base, but is refreshed by new experiences. They're all good, but my message to you today is don't be afraid to try new things. You don't have to move every few years, or change jobs every few years or paint your walls once a month, but do bring something fresh into your life and try something new. The change might be good, might not work out, might lead you to new discoveries. Doesn't matter. Don't be afraid. Mix it up!