Time is our most precious commodity.
It’s also the most elusive. There are so many great things to do with our time that we never seem to have enough of it. We feel guilty about how we spend our time and wonder why we can’t do it all like everyone else.
Because we can’t do it all! There is absolutely no way. So we need to make some very specific choices in regards to how we spend our time.
Which means having a clear understanding of our priorities – something I thought I’d had until attending THIS WORKSHOP in 2012. It provided me with some wonderful tools that I still use to this day. The workshop has since been renamed to “Life Restoration” and is taught by Melody Ross through Brave Girl University. (Click HERE for details.)
It required copious amounts of journaling which helped me to clearly define goals, create a lifelong mission statement, dream big dreams, and make things happen! Our family trip to Paris was born out of this workshop:
As was teaching a photography workshop:
And our Lake Superior Barn retreat as well!
If we are not careful, we could easily be swept away in a tide of good intentions – running from one thing to another without a clear sense of direction. Working, making dinner every night, arranging play dates, going from one sporting/dance/band-related event to the next, exercising regularly, volunteering at school and/or church, crafting, cleaning, reading, organizing the basement, making time for family and friends, starting a business, taking a class, catching up on our favorite television shows, baking cookies, scrapbooking, shopping, writing out thank you notes, returning library books, attending conferences, decorating for the holidays, spending time with our spouse, the list goes on.
When I have a clear understanding of what I want for my life, it becomes much easier to say no to things that don’t line up with my priorities/goals. And there are times (many times) I must say no for the health of my soul.
Our priorities/goals are unique. We can’t just do what everyone else is doing and assume it will work the same in our world. We each have different gifts, strengths, and weaknesses to take into account. We need to come to grips with the fact that we were not created to do it all.
And it is really, really freeing to know that truth.
I have just completed a season of “too much” and realized a few things:
– I have a tendency to rely on busy-ness as an escape.
– I can’t work fulltime and keep things up as usual at home, even while working from home.
– Sometimes it’s best to pay someone else to do your edits.
I think it’s time to get reacquainted with my own priority list.