Life is…why are we all so busy?

I’ve noticed something about life recently….

How many times have you found yourself saying, “My life is too busy to do (insert activity here),” but you don’t really feel like you are accomplishing much of anything? Almost as if your wheels are spinning, but you’re not getting anywhere. When did life become this busy?

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Does anyone else feel this way?

I always have a To-Do list that could wrap around the globe one and a half times, yet it never seems like there are enough hours in the day to accomplish much on that list. When did we all become so busy?

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I read a blog post recently by Greg McKeown called “The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” and I truly believe that is the direction I’m trying to go with my life, but I’m struggling to balance the fast pace of life today with what I believe I want out of life. He calls this “Essentialism.

 

 

 

At the nearly-ripe-old-age of almost 30, I know where I came from, I know where I am, but the question of where I am going…now that is the question! I find myself in an age gap where I no longer fit in with the young-and-hip-social-media-loving-need-to-have-everything-now crowd, but I’m not quite in the category of new-technology-baffles-me-and-I-haven’t-upgraded-to-a-new-phone-with-internet-in-ten-years crew. Sorry Mom, that’s you! I love you. 🙂

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What does all this mean? It means I’m at a crossroads in life.

I’m now using Netflix and Hulu in leu of spending $100+ a month on cable TV; my husband and I paid off all our debt (minus the house), and make every attempt at staying debt free (if it’s that important, then it’s worth saving up cash to pay for); I’m doing my best to be more intentional about how and where and who I spend my time on. After all, life is terribly short in the grand scheme of things.

In the blogosphere, there is a movement afoot of slowing down. People are calling it “slow blogging.” I like it, and it fits into what I’m trying to accomplish. “Slow down, calm down, don’t worry, don’t hurry, Trust the process,” is a quote by Alexandra Stoddard, a philosopher of contemporary living. I’ve had that quote written on a chalk board in my downstairs hallway for a while now. Every once in a while, I need reminding to do just that.

Slow down. Calm down. Don’t worry. Don’t hurry. Trust the process.Alexandra Stoddard

If what I’ve written here speaks to you, and you feel like you need to slow down, I want to encourage you to do just that. Don’t feel like you need to do everything and be everything.

Life is…knowing when to slow down and enjoy it!

About Emily

I love all things home, and am constantly rearranging furniture, DIY-ing, and starting remodel projects around the house (not always finishing!) I feel more at home in a hardware store than I do in a clothing store!