Seems like an eternity since I’ve opened up this little window to supply you with a post. Why has it been so long? Between booking 2014 wedding clients (LOVE THEM), spending time with my husband (and new pup) and trying to survive the Kansas City winter, this blog has been at the bottom of my list of priorities. Oops!
For the sake of total honesty, things got really out-of-whack for me over the holidays. I started sleeping in, I stopped working out, my evenings were filled with events and obligations….and THEN I took it upon myself to bring a puppy into the already crazy mix of things. The feeling of overwhelm was starting to creep in and I was crazy enough to think that just with the turn of a new calendar year I would feel refreshed and ready to conquer goals.
As you probably can guess..that is FAR from how I have felt in this year. January quickly turned into February and February into March, and while I’ve been working on some AWESOME things…I’ve also felt tired and stressed and busy and emotional and lazy and worn thin. I’ve been up to my eyeballs crossing off tasks and to-dos but I’ve ended each day feeling defeated and unable to keep my head above water. I think the hardest part about all of this for me is that I’ve also felt major guilt because I KNOW BETTER than to let things get out of control like this. Life isn’t supposed to feel so funky and I know the steps to get things back in line, I’m just not doing them. And that’s when it comes down to this oh-so-important p-word… Priorities.
My priorities are not in line. Plain and simple.
I’ve been choosing time on Instagram over my growing pile of laundry.
I’ve been choosing mediocre, snooze-button-sleep over a morning work out.
I’ve been choosing money made on small side projects over time spent resting.
The list goes on and on. I think what’s interesting is that we’re all doing this. In some way, shape or form we are all choosing the wrong things in our days. We say our priorities are one thing and then we spend our time doing everything else. It really hit me when I heard/read somewhere that “how we are spending our days is how we are spending our LIFE.” WHOAH people. The days we go-go-go on dumb tasks or waste 2 hours scrolling through social media feeds is how we’re spending our lives (and I’m totally embarrassed to admit that I’m guilty of that second one).
It may be March (dang) but it’s time to get the priorities straight for this year. Time to start managing time better to achieve the 2014 goals floating around in my head and feel better about the way I’m spending MY LIFE. This means 1) Healthy living–exercise, eating, spiritual and mental health. 2) Strong relationships–my marriage, friendships and community 3) Work–Making my work week SUPER productive by cutting out distractions so that on my weekends I can actually rest and relax (and work on those aforementioned relationships).
How are your priorities aligned for the year? Are you saying one thing and doing another, like I’ve been? Let’s get things in gear! It’s never too late to make some changes to make better use of our lives.
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