The "sweet" part is easy — I've spent the past few days knitting, sewing, cooking, hanging out with my dogs, playing video games with my husband and photographing a lot of stock for my Etsy shop. It's been awesome. And it's amazing how much better I feel, in every aspect, when the stress of work is removed from my life — which is the "bitter" part of the equation.
I feel a lot of frustration when I hear urgings to "take a leap of faith" or "follow your passion," because the truth is, it's not always that easy. Believe me, I am totally ready to take a leap of faith. But my mortgage is not. My heating bill is not. My car loan is not. My grocery bill is not. My "passion" may never be something that can sustain my family financially. And you know what? That pisses me off.
So I can do a few things with that anger. On weeks like this, I try to set it aside and just relish this time to indulge myself in all the things that bring me joy. At other times, it gives me motivation to carve out the time I need for the things that energize me — I will snatch tiny moments of time anywhere I can get them. Most of all, it keeps me from giving up and saying, "Screw it, nobody's reading my blog, I don't have enough sales in my Etsy shop, my photos suck, I'm just going to pack it in." Because "success" can be measured a lot of ways.
Top: H&M, thrifted
Scarf: Vintage, thrifted
Denim flares: The Limited, thrifted (seen here)
Shoes: Vintage, free!
Total cost to me: About $4, no joke