Unraveling enough

I stumbled on this podcast and heard this quote:

“Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.” Brian Andreas

A lightbulb moment! I try not to use the not enough time excuse but I am also very vulnerable to FOMO (fear of missing out) so I am prone to over extending.

When one of our daughters was in school, she wanted to do everything. We tried to support her enthusiasm but also to curb it a bit. Part of that was parental preservation since we would need to drive her around. But we also wanted her to learn to choose. In my work I see so much of this even with our youngest students. Preschool, soccer tots, music class, story time, and more. Lives that are scheduled and orchestrated so making choices isn’t necessary. But that is for another post.

I need to sit down with a good cuppa and my notebook and make a list of all things I THINK I want to be doing and then really contemplate the question – what are the most important things. Two more days with students then two days of teacher stuff and then my summer (more relaxed work routine) begins. I think it’s a great time to unravel this idea.

Heading over to Kat’s blog to share my unraveled Wednesday.

P.S. the project above is a shawl that is going quite well. No unraveling of yarn this week!

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

10 thoughts on “Unraveling enough

  1. Words of wisdom indeed! Perhaps it was the time my kids grew up – but the options available were not exhaustive. As for myself, I think that my bouts of FOMO eventually brought the realization that many of the things I worried about missing out on, were not really worthy of my fear of missing them. I wish you luck with your list! 🙂

  2. What a very good idea you’ve had to really consider what the most important things (and people) are and use your energies there. The rest is just fluff, and you’re not missing out on anything of real importance.

  3. So true! I remember a quote from a movie (probably not a good one — but the quote stuck with me) that went something like this: “More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more.” I think that women, especially women who are mothers, are used to trying to do many things, and it can be good for us to do as you’re doing: take a step back and make thoughtful choices about what we really need to do versus what we can do.

  4. That is a great quote!! Prioritizing is a must!
    Being in a small town limited how many activities my kids could be in. 🙂

  5. Wonderful quote. I’m thankful our son would rather play outside with friends than be in “X” number of activities all the time. Good luck with your list!

  6. Sitting down and thinking about all of this is where the real work gets done. Enjoy your time contemplating how you want to spend your time!

  7. I just love Stacy’s podcast, especially her opening. And you are so right about all the programming of the littles… I see it with my soon-to-be 5 great grand nephew. Sitting and thinking about what is *really needed* is a great way to spend quality time before and during a task or activity, etc. Your post today reminded me of a fave quote: “Sometimes I sits ‘n thinks…and sometimes I just sits…”
    Love the staging of your photo – just perfect!

  8. What a good quote and some nice food for thought in this post. I also think of an Annie Dillard quote (paraphrasing here) How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. Enjoy the less hectic pace of summer. I remember looking forward to summers, even though early intervention went on in the summer, we worked fewer days.

  9. That story was on the tagline of my blog header when I started blogging – back in 2007! It’s still a good reminder … which, honestly, we ALL need to look at often. xxoo.

  10. I want to do everything and then I sketched out the day and realized I need to prioritize what I want to do and how much time I want to spend on what I want to do. I think that is why I’m so excited about my summer break, I’ve gained 14 hours of my time and I don’t want to squander it on silly stuff.

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