Does anyone else feel like their life is moving at the speed of light? Where the heck did November come from? These past few weeks have just flown by, and I have barely been able to come up for air. I love being busy, but I hate when life seems to get away from me amidst all the chaos. That’s why these Great Lists are so important each week. To stop for even 10 minutes a week, and focus on what really matters, is the difference between ragged, hectic, exhausted Betsy and focused, dedicated and motivated Betsy. It’s what changes me from going through the motions, to living with intent.
Going through the motions is an easy place to slip in to. I’m there. In a matter of two weeks I missed one Great List, my blog posts have dwindled, I have barely seen my friends or The Hubs, and my workouts are few and far between. It’s crazy to me how easily I can push aside all the things that I know bring joy and peace to my life. And just like that, I’m feeling cranky, tired, overwhelmed and generally miserable.
As I write this Great List this morning, I could easily focus on “why?” Why did this happen to me? How did I get here? Instead, I’m choosing to just acknowledge that I don’t like it, and decide that I’m going to move on. Get back to a place that suits me better.
The rest of November shows no signs of slowing down for me, but instead of allowing the chaos to take over, I’m going to mindfully choose to focus on this things that bring me joy, and work through, then release, those things which perhaps don’t enhance my spirit, but are a necessary part of life. So, on the heels of a “crappy” week, here’s what I’m grateful for.
1. I’m still dying over the cuteness of Halloween. Seeing all my friends adorable kids dressed up on Facebook would be enough (I probably “liked” 1000 photos yesterday) but the ones that came to my door just put my heart over the edge. My favorite was one bold kids who questioned, “Why does every house have dogs?!” Then proceeded to pick through my whole candy bowl saying to The Hubs, “I like coconut, is this one coconut?” while holding up each and every piece of candy. I love big mouth kids.
2. My voice is back! There’s still some illness lingering from last week, but I can talk like a normal person again, which eliminates everyone from asking me, “are you sick?”
3. Val and I went out to dinner last night on Halloween. Some guys came in the bar/restaurant dressed as a “bachelorette party” in dresses, short skirts, and even one in a male stripper costume. We chatted with them for a few minutes and they cracked us up. Reminded me good old halloweens of yesteryear. Also, our waitress was 22, and super hilarious. I said, “that used to be us Val”, and we both laughed. I’m very happy to be 33, but I’m also happy that we have such fun memories of when we were 23.
Well, that’s where I’m at this week. Not the most riveting events, but definitely a jumping off point for Great things to come! Wishing you all a peaceful weekend.