I’m always always writing To-Do lists and goals. I write lists for just about everything, plus there’s always a To-Do list in my head that I should really write down but if I did, I’d be going forever! With all these To-Do lists, I’m always running around trying to keep myself busy, in an attempt to get it all done. But what for? who for? Sometimes yes, it is good to get all the jobs done so that I can enjoy time with family and relax but other times, I can be no-stop from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep at night only to do it all again the next day.
I have seen a few things lately that have made me think about this sort of lifestyle:
I read this article at work and had to hold back the tears. It is a very sad but also uplifting article.
One of my friends shared this campaign on Facebook and it really made me think. This is a campaign by Sanctuary Spa, and is encouraging women to #LetGo and focus more on being rather than doing. This video especially stuck with me:
And after reading and watching these, I came across this article which caught my eye. I strive to make my life simpler and gain more balance in my days.
My main problem is that I spend too much of my day thinking about what I need to do. I have a long work day and write a mental (or physical) list of things I could do when I get home. I then have a long journey home, I try to use it as best I can but get home exhausted and not wanting to do anything but go to sleep at 7:30pm. I feel a certain guilt when I don’t do anything of an evening. There are so many projects that I want to do, I see talented people doing great things all over their blogs and shared on twitter, that I feel the need to catch up, to do more and when I do stop, I feel guilty. I shouldn’t!
Over the next few weeks, I really want to rethink the way I do things. To use my time better, so that I have more time for myself, to relax, to chat (in person or on the phone, not online) to draw, to meditate, to practice yoga, to bake and to go out, do things and enjoy myself. However, there is no pressure to do any of this, I don’t need to do it all at once, I just need to chill out a bit and stop worrying that someone might overtake me if I sit and watch a film for a couple of hours and don’t do anything else!
To be honest with you, I haven’t felt like myself recently and after finding these articles and videos, I feel newly inspired to grab life by the you-know-whats and live it! It may seem quite dramatic but I needed a change of perspective and I hope that this is it.