Week Twelve: Juggling it all

May 6, 2017

 

 

I can’t be the only one out there who has noticed that life seems to get busier with every passing year. I never seem to have enough time to do everything I want to do and still manage to be well rested and happy. With a full time job, a house to clean, four pets to take care of, and a husband things like fitness, fun, and the pursuit of one’s passions seem to take the back burner. Something’s gotta give, and it always seems to be the things we should be doing most that give the most. At what point to we say enough is enough?

                In this modern era of American life we always want to be more, do more, and have more. But is that really making you happy? Maybe taking a step back from it all and asking yourself what really does will put things in perspective. I have a list twelve miles long of all the things I “should” be doing but do any of those things really matter? If the dishes in my sink sit there for another day is the world going to end? I doubt it. But if I put this book off for another day I feel like a part of my world does end a little.

                Let’s be real, there are things that need to be done, sure, but do they need to be done right this second? No. Prioritization is key. Make the time to do the things that really matter, to build the memories that you’ll lose out on otherwise. There are things we can’t avoid, like work or school, but you can skip that episode of whatever tv show your watching to go out to dinner with your spouse. Or put off vacuuming your carpet so you can take an extra lap around the block with your dog. What is the real priority? Figure it out, because your life will never improve if you don’t.

                In the last couple of months I’ve been playing this game of tug of war between life’s responsibilities and working on this book. A lot of times, I’m sad to say, my book has lost out. But there have been other times where it has won but I then feel guilty for not getting done all the other things that I feel need to be done. Like laundry. I have lots and lots of laundry. Don’t feel guilty. Laundry can wait. It’s worth it to have that sense of accomplishment when I do get something done on my book. So don’t put off your goals because you have laundry, or cleaning, or twelve tv shows to watch. Go and do what makes you happy and live a fuller life. It’ll be worth it in the end.

 

Until next time, here’s an inspirational quote to get you through:

 

"In order to say yes to your priorities you have to be willing to say no to something else"

 

 

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