Where is that place you find yourself waiting? Believing if you just had this one thing, things would be better. That goal or dream for your life that still seems pretty far off. Or that desire in your heart that you are waiting, and waiting, and waiting for. I understand these yearnings well, finding myself on my own journey of waiting.
I know I’m not the only one who sometimes feels stuck, or discouraged, or needs a reminder that joy is indeed a daily choice. Sometimes it’s a real emotional rollercoaster! And let’s admit it, waiting can be just plain hard. Learning to enjoy our lives in the in-between moments can be tough at times, but that's what so much of life is—moments in between the big achievements or milestones. To miss the enjoyment in those moments is to miss out on so much of life.
As we move through our days, it can be easy to focus on the things we don’t have, or the places we aren’t, rather than being grateful for what we do have and enjoying where we are along the way, even if it’s not our ideal. Learning to enjoy the journey requires a lot of deliberate choices, but I believe we ultimately begin to develop a new appreciation for our lives and see beauty where we once couldn’t. This doesn't mean we no longer desire change, rather we come to possess a day-to-day contentment that allows us to have peace with where we are in our journeys.
If you're wrestling with this place right now, I feel you! And I created this Enjoy the Journey embroidery hoop art with you in mind. Each time I hand embroider one of these hoops, it’s a reminder to me to keep my focus in the right places, and choose to make the most of each day I’m given. And I hope it will do the same for you! I offer this inspirational quote in a few different colors in my shop. And recently I also created a special 16x16 pillow version for a friend’s milestone birthday because we all need this reminder, no matter what our age is!