First off, can you believe we are just days away from Christmas? Are you ready? I think we’re as ready as we’re gonna be. Amidst all the festivities, S and I went out on a limb and bought a little rental house. It’s small but will make the perfect home for someone(s) someday but for now we are fixing it up (in all our free time).
Friday night we went over and took all the kitchen cabinet doors off so that we can take them home and repaint them except when S started to sand them we found 8 layers of paint and underneath all that was some beautiful wood. After a little conversation, we thought we might strip the cabinets and stain them so after the kids went to bed we started stripping paint….
Three hours later we had finished a third of the cabinets and there was still a lot to do but rather than feeling over whelmed and like maybe we should go a different direction, we were/are still committed to bringing these cabinets back to life.
One thing I wasn’t expecting but found so comforting was the feeling of focusing on something for three straight hours. The only distraction was a short break to check on the kids. I didn’t even notice the time flying by. I think what made it even cooler is that S and I did it together. I guess it’s about as close to a date night as we are going to get this time of year but that’s OK. You would’ve thought we were kids opening new toys…with every layer of paint we just got more and more excited. We finally decided to call it a day at around 11:30.
I went in and found my phone sitting there on the cabinet and realized I never once checked it. It was a brief, yet important, reminder to unplug, be present in the moment and find that feeling of focus every once in a while.
Whether that’s through running, yoga, family time or just stripping paint off cabinets, when the motivation is there the focus will follow and the feeling will be exhausting, satisfying and amazing all at the same time!
What do you find your focus doing? Have you ever just got so engrossed in something you didn’t even realize how much time had passed?