As part of the 40 day challenge I mentioned in my last WOTY update, I was looking for a meme that uses the word ‘flow’. I was tickled when I found the one below! It helped me decide that my theme for April would be ‘Just Flow’.
Just Flow In April
From the end of March to almost the end of April, we got some much needed work done on the outside of our house. We’ve been trying to get this done for over two years and the lockdown and our own fears of letting workers in didn’t help. I was beginning to despair that we’d find the right contractor and was quite tense about it all, when I decided to just let go and flow! Not surprisingly everything fell into place soon after that.
We managed not only to do the work we planned but some additional work too. It wasn’t exactly fun having workers run around the house (mostly outside). But I must say they were all very nice and cooperative.
Letting Polka Yellow Flow
Our contractor was quite disapproving of our choice of color and tried to convince us to choose a duller colour. But we wanted to bring a little of Goa into our home. This is one of the colours you will see houses in Goa painted. These bright colours are a part of the Mediterranean vibe that the Portuguese brought with them when they ruled Goa.
It recently occurred to me that our house was named ‘Sossegad’ by my Dad. As Wikipedia describes the word: It is a concept associated with the culture of Goa, India. Derived from the Portuguese word sossegado (‘quiet’), it is often viewed as the relaxed, laid-back attitude towards life that is said to have existed historically in the former Portuguese territory.
I’m thinking how well the name fits in with my word of the year – take it easy and allow life to flow!
Getting Used to Letting Go
To let go and just flow are not something that I’m comfortable with. It makes me feel uneasy.
I wasn’t able to do much in terms of learning or creating during April. For some reason, I just didn’t have it in me to be regular about my writing too. But for once, I allowed myself to just be and to let go of the plans I had made at the start of the month.
Linking in to Lisa’s One Word Linkup for April 2022
I loved the yellow colour of the wall in the photo you shared on Instagram. It is striking. While reading about your decision to choose yellow for the exterior of your home, I was immediately reminded of the colourful houses I had seen in Goa and there you mentioned it in the following lines. The name Sossegad for your home denoting ‘quiet’ appeals to me more than the ‘Shanti Kunjs’ I have seen and been to. Sossegado is the word for me for the quiet, the relaxed and laid-back (stress-free) attitude towards life and nothing can promise it more than letting go.
I intend to be regular with my blog readings at least once a week this month and stay in touch. Short term goal 🙂
Thank you for your lovely comment, Anamika. I’m trying hard to live up to the name of the house!
I love the meme you found. I need to use that myself. 🙂 And that Mandy Hale quote is SO good. Glad you linked up!
I think the meme applies to most of us. Thank you for creating the link so faithfully, Lisa.
The colour yellow looks so soothing and cheerful.
I’ve been trying to do this more lately as well. Just go with the flow ..and I’m realising I’m more at peace that way.
Lory @ Entering the Enchanted Castle
The yellow you chose looks wonderfully cheerful. I hope it helps you to keep “in the flow.” Color is such a personal thing, I suppose your contractor meant well if he thought you might regret the brighter choice but really it should be up to you!
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The yellow is like sunshine. It would make me smile every time I come home.
Corinne, I absolutely LOVE that color yellow! It’s so joyful and engaging. I’m glad you stuck to your guns with the contractor. I couldn’t agree more that just “letting go” and letting things flow is hard. But somehow, after reading your post I feel more encouraged to try it!