It’s already December 2015. As in, one month away from January 2016. Ever have the feeling that a whole year of your life just flew by, in the blink of an eye? That’s definitely what I’m feeling right now. This past year has seen its ups and downs (though, mostly ups) and honestly I don’t know where the time went.
Logging in this morning I realized that it has been months (yes, months) since I’ve added content here. But then I reflected on all the other stuff I’ve been up to, and didn’t feel so bad after understanding that I’ve had to make a few…priority adjustments, and some things just took over. That’s not so say that I don’t loooove seefoodplay.com, but sometimes you need to focus on other things that are more important at a particular moment in your life.
So instead of pretending that I had 25 hours in a day and struggling to fit it all in, or worse yet, doing too much and start focusing on quantity rather than quality, I did what made sense for me: I took a break.
Last summer, I went on a leadership training course geared towards women where I learned all sorts of self-improvement techniques and personal leadership skills. During our break-out sessions, a common remark from other participants was a feeling of being constantly overwhelmed, having trouble finding time to accomplish everything, or the feeling of not being enough. I’m definitely guilty of waking up on Sunday morning, already feeling stressed that I only have 16 hours to get everything done on my to-do list. Sound crazy to you? It should, because it is!
My stress levels were through the roof, and I constantly felt like I wasn’t getting enough done. I wasn’t cooking enough, I wasn’t writing enough, I wasn’t spending enough time with Jonathan, I wasn’t working on creative projects enough. No matter what I did, it was never enough.
So I’ve taken a step back and I’m spending time focusing on what matters most: the process. I’ve struggled with this my whole life, but sometimes you really need to force yourself to just enjoy what you’ve accomplished at any given moment, instead of always working towards some arbitrary (and probably unattainable) golden ring of success.
When I was in high school, I couldn’t wait to go to college. In college, I couldn’t wait to study abroad. Couldn’t wait to get that next promotion. Couldn’t wait to buy an apartment. Couldn’t wait for that next travel experience. Couldn’t wait. couldn’t wait. couldn’t wait.
So I’m already looking forward to 2016 as I am vowing to have a new perspective, a healthier (and less stressful) way of getting through life. I’m never going to slow down (after all, we are who we are) but I’m going to make sure that I always enjoy the process. And sometimes, you just gotta cruise though life not doing too much all…pulled by a pack of overly-energetic Arctic huskies towards a gorgeous Finnish sunset:
And one of the processes that I truly enjoy is working on seefoodplay, so it’s back on my list of priorities and I’m really looking forward to sharing our adventures with you in the next few months. So stay tuned!