Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The winter of my retreat

Winter has seen me take a step back from this space.  I was feeling a little overwhelmed.  A little uncertain about the direction, my conviction and what it was I was wanting to achieve.... not just here but everywhere.  Things were spinning by so quickly I was barley catching my breath before posting and as a result I felt I was blogging up and down in a sea of uncertainty.  Part of me cringing at writing personal reflections and another part of me totally compelled.  I felt torn and totally exposed.... FOMO had it's grasp on me.

With a little time on my side... and a clear desk, I see that I want this space to be as much about the people who come here as it is about me.  I want to inspire others to see the joyful in the everyday.  To seek out the relationships around that support and nourish and to invest in the things that make you happy.  All things I'm learning to implement in my own life.  Sometimes it's one step forward, two steps back but the important thing is to keep saying yes to the things that really matter and watching the world evolve to support these choices.


This site is intended as a place to honor simplicity, beauty, truth and all that is good about life.  To encourage us all to appreciate the small things along our day, to slow down and see the community under our noses and make peace with ourselves in the now... rather than escaping to future dreams or the realms of a consuming social media vortex..... which often leaves me reeling and totally dissatisfied.  It's about learning to put in boundaries and honoring the best in each and every one of us.

I'm daring myself to start where I am.  Here, in the me that is not perfect and my life, that is challenging at times, to say the least.  My grammar is often a little shoddy, my spelling if shocking.... thank goodness for spellcheck.    For people who love perfection, who loathe grammatical tardiness and find optimism intolerably sappy and irksome......this is possibly not the blog for you .... as a friends grandmother would say 'there's a lid for every pot' and there's definitely a blog for every fancy. 

If you have friends who would enjoy this space of discovery please forward the link on and to those who genuinely support and encourage me, a heart felt thank you.  Here's to a world of joy.  Big love, xxx


Bruise Mouse said...

Gorgeous words.
Finding direction can be so difficult. Finding the balance between wanting to be out and about and making a mark on the world, but also slowing down to enjoy the small bits of everyday. Balancing between being a grownup and making grownup decision, as well as viewing the world as a child and noticing the unnoticeable.

melindamelou @ stupendous joy said...

Oh Sam, you're always full of so much positivity for things here. Thank you for all of your encouragement. It really has been such a joy meeting you here.

melindamelou @ stupendous joy said...


Dharma Mama said...

Thanks for sharing your process and your positivity! Sounds like a blog for me for sure! X

melindamelou @ stupendous joy said...

Pleasure Dharma. Thanks for supporting me here. xx

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

ah Melinda, this post just whispered to me. I definitely know where you are coming from...
I love your space here, your words, your pictures- love them all.

(also, have you dropped in on the lovely sheof108names? I think you might like her.

melindamelou @ stupendous joy said...

Thanks Brydie. It's so nice to have such lovelies like you and Bruise Mouse here. I appreciate your words and feel quite blessed to be a part of this little blogging community.

(ooh love sheof108names, thanks for the tip off!)



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