Happy Tuesday friends!
Filling our plates to the brim + busyness is the subject today. It’s funny because I wrote this post last week, knowing that I had a busy few days coming up + now as I’m putting the finishing touches on it…it is serving as a great reminder for me. As I tell one of my blogging friends, I’m never really ahead on blogging. I’m just coming off a stretch of nursing shifts + Drew left for a business trip on Sunday afternoon. My in-laws just left our house, they were in town to help take care of Maxwell while I worked (daycare doesn’t open early enough for me to drop Max off myself). I spent lots of time catching up with them after work each day. So yes, busy momma over here!
And then there is the prioritization thing. I decided to run an errand to Maxwell’s daycare + go the gym instead of finishing this post at an earlier time. Drew isn’t back until Thursday, so when my in-laws graciously offered to watch Max while I ran to the gym…I couldn’t pass that opportunity up.
Here is what I wrote last week:
I started thinking about how having a full plate has been an issue lately. I’ve been reading the book Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living. I love the beginning + I’m excited to continue to dive in. Many of my friends have told me that it really helped change their mindset + in turn, their life. I would highly recommend reading it if you feel like your wheels are always spinning.
The power of words amazes me. Here is a quote that I loved:
“You can make a drug– a way to anesthetize yourself– out of anything: working out, binge-watching TV, working, having sex, shopping, volunteering, cleaning, dieting. Any of those things can keep you from feeling pain for a while– that’s what drugs do. And, used like a drug, over time, shopping or TV or whatever will make you less and less able to connect to the things that matter, like your own heart and the people you love. That’s another thing drugs do: they isolate you.” -Shana Niequest
Whoa. If that quote doesn’t rock your socks a little (is that even a saying?), I don’t know what will. Isn’t this the truth? Our society has gotten SO full of things. Everyone has a jam packed schedule + somehow still has the ability to say “yes” to more. For most of us if we have a moment between our busyness, we grab our phones + scroll down our social media.
I’d like to ask you (+ myself) to what end can we keep up with this busyness? Is it the way we want to live? I know plenty of people that are putting the hard work in “now”, so that “later” they will be able to reap the benefits of their workaholic tendencies.
The reason this way of thinking scares me is: I feel deep in my heart that people are missing the good old days. The exciting + healthier (hopefully) days. Someday they’ll wish they hadn’t burned the candle at both ends. They’ll wish they had taken the time to make the most out of these times.
In our society, we’ve started celebrating people that “grind” (not the dancing type, haha). People that are working hard + “doing it all”. I’d love to be part of the movement that slows down + enjoys the now. A person that has a the time to finish a whole book. A person that doesn’t fill every minute of my calendar or weekend + leaves time to just completely soak in the people I love.
And the truth is, I need to slow down. I need these reminders. I need to not fill my “break time” by scrolling on my phone. It’s okay to just be sometimes. In fact, it is completely necessary to gather our thoughts. To feel what we are feeling. To connect with our own hearts + the people that we love.
I hope you make sure to have a little down time today + everyday.