Saturday, April 24, 2010

Making a Round and Transforming Yourself: Inspiration from Fellow Bloggers

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Several weeks ago, I read a post by Laura@White Spray Paint. She wrote:
Although there are some self-imposed calls on my time (my garden, blogging, spring cleaning), I am ‘making a round’ right now.
‘Making a round’ is a term my father used my entire life to signify he was off to check on things on the ranch or at his farm. It involved driving around to look at things- to check on things.
Where I live, people may also say something very loosely translated (in that hybrid of Spanish/English) like-
“I am going to make a little vuelta.” (in the Spanish pronunciation substitute a w for the v)
So I am making a round. I am on a little vuelta.
As I read Laura's post, I felt a tug, a connection to this woman whom I had never met before. It's as if she were speaking about what I, my heart, and my soul are experiencing. I feel as if I am on a little vuelta in my life right now. Making a round. Checking on things. What is working. What is not. What is important. What can be released. What brings me true joy.

I believe that everything happens for a the exact right time and the exact right place with the exact right people. Everything is a message...those life whispers that grow louder and louder until you pay attention to them. Have you ever ignored those whispers until they yelled in your face and knocked you down? I have. And now I am listening. With great intent. Making the rounds. Checking every fence post and gate latch.

While there are so many wonderful things on my ranch (in my life) that I would not change, there are are also some weeds that have grown out of control and some buildings that have grown into disrepair. It makes me sad and makes me wonder how I let those things get that way. Gratefully, I know that we all have the innate wisdom and power to create the ranch (the life) that we want to have. We simply have to turn off the noise, become comfortable with the silence, listen to the whispers, and follow our inspirations.

Danielle@Transforming Home is doing just that. In her post about transforming herself, she writes:
I am becoming more and more conscious about the choices I am making, and spending a lot of my time at the computer just doesn't seem right anymore.
I need to be outside.
I need to exercise.
I need to meditate and visualize.
I need to read more.
I love that Danielle has made a round. On her little vuelta, she has rediscovered things that bring her great joy and satisfaction. She is creating herself and her life.

As my favorite quote says...
"Life is not about finding yourself. It is about creating yourself."
I am inspired by these women as I continue my journey, my round, my little vuelta. I find that my realizations and needs are very similar to Danielle's. I've discovered that I desire to create a simpler life so that I have the time and energy to enjoy each moment. That is more in line with my true self, and I feel that I am now headed in the right direction.

Have you ever made a round, or made a little vuelta, to check in on your life? What did you discover?


  1. I am hearing you loud and clear! Why is it that it takes us so long to realize that we need to 'make a round?' Some areas of my life need attention also, so I think your post happened at this time for a reason.... It's what I needed to hear, my kick in the pants! Thank you.

  2. Thank you so much! That was just was I needed to read tonight and it was written so nicely.
    :) Lara

  3. I absolutely think it's important for us to do self evaluations regularly. I have to make sure that my priorities are right...God first, family next, etc...When I get things out of whack, I can tell and so can my family. We all pay the price.

    I still love my blogging, but I am learning to do it a little more sparingly. I don't want to be addicted or out of control with it. Know what I mean?

    Keep seeking, Amy, and you will find just exactly where you are supposed to be and what you are supposed to be doing.

  4. Let me just say right off the bat...I am waiting patiently for Laura to write a book. I love her words. She can say volumes in just a few short sentences and I love it.
    I am with you 100%. I'm on my own little "take a look see" and I'll let you know what I find as soon as I find it!
    P.S. Wonderful post girlie girl!

  5. I have made my "rounds" and found a woman who was sadly neglected and lost. I lifted her up and treated her special. Now she is a Queen! Full of confidence and creativity.
    Well said!! I think it is important too! Should be done regularly.

  6. I actually created my blog for this very reason. January 1st I decided to no longer put off all the dreams and desires of my heart. Years can pass by in the blink of an eye, but what would my life look like after a year of mindful living? Following the death of my father, both grandmothers, and almost my mother (all within the span of 2 years) it became quite clear that waiting on life does not bring it closer.

    It's about the little things...those whispers you mentioned...I call them God winks (; Paying attention to that still small inner voice before it needs to yell...before it takes a mountain falling on you to realize the journey is asking for a new path. So, as I embrace the simplicities, listen to my heart and follow the whispers, week by week those acts of grace honor my soul and take back the life I once thought lost (:

    So glad I found your blog...I'll be checking back often (:

  7. Those whispers became so strong for me that I have now started to learn how to live NOW so that I can reach back to me before it is all too late! I think we should all do the rounds regularly what a nice post.

  8. Amazing that I took a few minutes to read some favorite blogs this morning... This whisper fits perfectly into the Sunday School lesson that I'm planning. Apparently, your whisper this morning was the still, small, voice.

    I thank you. And the gals of inspiration.
    And the One who inspired you all.

  9. I have to make a round at least once a year and it invariably results in simplification. I blame it on entropy and the second law of thermodynamics. Left to itself, everything trends toward disorder. We must provide the order if there is to be any. And that requires energy. The more complicated our lives, the more energy is required to maintain order. It's a scientific fact!

  10. Thank you for the lovely, thought-provoking post. I am trying to make some changes in our food choices - to make them much more healthy. Okay, I guess exercise too! LOL

    I enjoy Laura's blog too and hope to meet her one day.

  11. Wonderful post. Just where I am at at this time as well. Laura is a lovely thoughtful writer. I always enjoy what she has to say. Your photos are amazing too.

  12. An inspiring post! I had read Danielle's post too and have given my situation (particularly blogging) much thought since. I didn't realize it as that, at the time, but I embarked on a journey a while ago. Taking time for me and finding balance. I still need to work on the balance of on line time. I enjoy my hobby, but don't want it to take up too much of my time for other things. Thanks for continuing to inspire.

  13. Moving to AZ was a bit of our taking stock. We wanted to see if we could "do it." We did--do it. Now we need to decide if this is where we want to stay...I am never too sure that things happen for a reason. I think sometimes they just happen and then we have to react to that. Good thoughts to mull over. Thanks!

  14. Wonderful post. I have found that I need to do less....less of everything....because life will continue, quite well I might add, whether I am "doing" or not.....sometimes, it is just better for me to keep my hands off, and let things happen.....smiles.

  15. wow much insight...thanks for the post! i need to get re-focused after a long winter and some pretty stressful family situations. it has taken its toll but God has carried me through nonetheless. your post was a catalyst to help me to re-evaluate and get off my duff to "make the rounds."
    judi ;)

  16. Thank you for this nice post, Amy! I have just discovered your lovely blog and am working to balance my life better, too...I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your posts on Junkmarket as well (I am ninnarae on there). Looking forward to reading more!

  17. Amy...this post so talked to my heart. I feel the same way. Just what I needed to hear...thank you. You are such an inspiring woman and I adore you!

    Hugs to you,


Life whispers...what is it saying today?