Happy New Year Lovelies! What a year it’s been and my hopes to blog a bit more just did not happen. I have missed writing so much and despite this blog being my zen, it always falls to the bottom of my list. Where oh where does the time go?!?
Many of us are working on our resolutions, intentions, goals or whatever we call the new year changes we hope for. How’s that going by the way? Are you sticking with resolutions or trying something different?
As I sat around the dinner table with my family on new years eve and we talked about our “resolutions”, I did not have one. For the first time I was not going to commit to a new years resolution.
To be totally honest, I don’t think I have ever stuck to a new years resolution…ever. Sad, but totally true.
I spent a lot of time the last few months reflecting on what is important to me as an individual, wife, mother and friend. All thoughts kept bringing me back to slowing down and learning to say no. I’m thinking it is because the last few years have been the most stressful, disorganized and out of place despite my efforts to “pull it all together”.
Moving every couple of years, losing a bit of who I am after becoming a mother, health issues and missing old friends never really sunk in because I never took the time to let it.
Crazy busy was my norm and what I thought made me happy, but that could not have been further from the truth. When I took the time to slow down I felt clarity, peace and gratitude.
Focusing on what is achievable in a day and saying no to what doesn’t bring me joy (a little Konmari for ya) has energized me. I still love my morning latte though. 🙂
Whether or not this ends up being a resolution for 2017 or an actual lifestyle change, I am happier knowing that the pressure of doing it all (thank you type A personality) is slowly fading.
There are several things I do each day now to stay focused and to remind myself that I am not superwoman.
- Make a running todo list. I have a running todo list that is in my calendar, so as things are whizzing through my brain I can write them down without feeling like I have to do it now.
- Plan to take one or two items off your running todo list and add them to your list of daily tasks. I keep my list of daily tasks very simple with one achievable project a day.
- Unplug. I am limiting how often I check emails, social media and texts. I am setting aside structured tech time so I am not always “on call”.
- Wait to say yes! I am guilty of saying yes before I even check my calendar, but now I wait, think about what I am committing to and check my calendar.
I hope sharing my ups, downs and revelations help bring a little inner zen to you. There is no way around this fast-paced life, but we certainly can control how we react to it.
Wishing you a beautiful 2017 with an abundance of love, health, happiness and joy! Thanks for reading.
Cheers | Kate