Watching a documentary about the Amish I rediscovered the word Rumspringa,  that period of time in adolescence when the Amish youth are free to experience the outside world.  How fitting I thought.

My rumspringa is over.  I took a year to go a little wild, try some new crazy things, and spend money without a thought.  2013 is about reeling it back in.  Taking stock.  What did I like, what do I want to continue?  What did I try that absolutely was not me?  I am taking control of my life, which has felt so out of control and on autopilot at times the last few years.  Now I am re-establishing some routine.  Taking time for me.  Saying no more often and yes to treating myself better.  I have dabbled in veganism (and might just stick with it) and have given up alcohol.  Not forever I’m sure, just taking a break.  Giving my body a rest.  Austerity Elliot is in full effect this year and I will be watching my pennies and doing what needs to be done.  I will be finding new ways of being frugal and living with less.  It is a topic that is close to my heart and now I am able to truly simplify.  This year will be full of the unexpected as all years are and have been, but I am also hopeful for some completion.  Divorce.  Graduation.  Refinancing.  2013 is going to be challenging, but I think I’m up for it.


2 thoughts on “Rumspringa

  1. Proud of you, Heather. It’s been a learning year and you have graduated. I’m sure it has been really hard, but you will have grown from it. What is the saying…”When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”

  2. Lovely, Heather. All good news. Word of warning from one who’s traveled a similar road: if things don’t go as planned & you make a mis-step or two, do not fret. Just run with it, be your darling self & go easy on Heather. You have accomplished soooo very much. The cello! I am impressed. Is it possible you could take in a boarder to help with expenses? I do think it’s important you keep the house as you love it so much.
    As you know I am a vegetarian (lacto-ovo) & have never gone vegan. It does limit one terribly & you must be cautious that you are getting all required nutrients.
    Stay well & keep up the good work. You are a goddess!

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