Here we are.
In the first week of November, I decided to table my blog for the month. I needed the time to study for my ACE Personal Training Exam (which I took on Saturday and passed!) Sometimes you have to do that – cut something out to focus on something else.
We like to glorify the act of being “busy.” We decline plans because we’re too busy. We lament to our friends over glasses of wine that we’re just too busy. We make to-do lists to track our busy lives. We download apps and set alarms to keep us on schedule. We read books and articles and blog posts about how to prioritize our lives to be less busy without ever implementing their advice.
We’re always busy.
I’m guilty of this. I keep a full schedule – 6AM lifting sessions, 8 hours at the office, barre classes and Junior League and friends and writing and reading and on and on after work and on weekends. I tell people “I’m just so busy!” and admittedly get a little thrill when someone says “you’ve been so busy lately.” They noticed! They noticed I’m always busy! I’m successful!
Except, I’ve started to realize how great it is to not be busy. To be present in the moment, focused on what’s in front of me and not letting my mind wander to what I’m doing next. I could have kept writing my blog, staying up late late(er) and delivering half-hearted content, but I would have sacrificed something – time.
Time I could have been studying for a certification that will help me grow a career.
Time I could have spent with friends.
Time I could have spent on the simple act of sleeping.
December tends to be one of those busy months. There are Christmas parties to attend, presents to buy, homes to decorate, cards to send, year-end reports to file. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle. We get so busy doing the hustle and bustle that we forget to enjoy it.
This is December.
This is the month of Christmas parties, presents, and decorated homes. This is the month of our Savior’s birth. It is meant to be enjoyed. Celebrated.
It isn’t meant to pass by in a cloud of busy.
As I return to this blog (which I promise will look a little – neater – by the end of the weekend), I encourage you to be mindful of being busy. Trim your trees, but also trim your schedules. Focus on what will mean the most to you. Skip a party if you don’t really want to go. Maybe the garland doesn’t make it to the banister this year and the presents get stuffed in gift bags instead of the more elaborate packaging you saw on Pinterest. Maybe your mom’s cousin’s best friend from third grade doesn’t get a Christmas card this year.
Let’s avoid the busy and enjoy it.
(It’s so good to be back!)