Happy Thursday queens! How’s your week going? I leave for another trip tomorrow morning and have felt rushed and tired this week since returning from Barcelona and Marrakech. Instead of complaining or becoming completely overwhelmed, I’ve decided to actually slow down. There will always be things to get done, the to-do list never really ends. Finding time to get everything done can seem impossible – and I’m choosing to do the opposite of madly crossing things off the list. Instead of running around like a crazy person trying to get every single thing done, I shut my computer, ignored my phone and focused on just being here. This reminder from Ann Voskamp stopped me in my tracks on Tuesday afternoon and set the stage for my week: “In our rushing, bulls in china shops, we break our own lives.”
I don’t want to rush around like a crazy person. I don’t want to run myself ragged by giving 100% one hundred percent of the time. I don’t want to speed through my day like it’s a race, like nothing matters but the end goal of finishing. I don’t want to haphazardly “get things done” yet neglect what really matters and who really matters.
Every day has 24 wonderful hours and every hour has sixty precious minutes no matter where you are, who you are or what you are doing. Our job is to be intentional with our precious minutes and for me, that includes taking a step back to notice the often unnoticed. I’m slowing down to notice, appreciate and say thank you for things that often aren’t top of mind. I’m slowly down to simply be here.
Here’s just a few simple things I’m thankful for:
The opportunity to travel
Quiet, simple mornings spent journaling
Hard raindrops hitting my bedroom windows
Milk swirling in my hot coffee
Folded pages in well read books
The smell of fresh laundry
Giving someone a big hug
Hearing Hope’s voice on the phone
Anticipation for exciting things in the future
Putting on pajamas after a long day
Letting tears fall
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything…”
Laughter that continued on and on and on
Being surrounded by people who love me unconditionally
Living in a constant state of wonder
Waking up to birds singing
their morning song
Children full of joy
Sitting in complete silence
Dusty, winding roads on the sides of mountains
What are you thankful for? I’d love to hear from you!
I hope you take a moment today – and this weekend – to slow down, to enjoy, to just be, to count what you’re thankful for.