The Hurry

In recent months, I am really feeling the hurry of life. I know, you know, what I mean. So many things on my to-do lists and opportunities to say YES to… And I humbly admit, I LOVE getting stuff done and if I can do two things at once.. YEA BABBBY!… cross it off the list!!!!

But, at the end of the day, I am realizing that the days where I slow down, do less multi-tasking and less running from one thing to the next… that my heart feels more full and my body less stressed. The slower days allow me to be more present and see and feel… and I want more of that.

So, I have been trying to be more intentional about slowing down… and I have to laugh at how many times I have caught myself lost in the world of hurry. I find myself putting something in the microwave for 1:30, then thinking “Ok! What can I get done?” In a minute and 30 seconds?!?! Take a breather Kate. Geez. I have heard words come out of my mouth as I am trying to rush my two year old up the stairs “Come on! Let’s go!” or to the person trying to pass up on the stairs “Oh please, zip right by us… we are going slow.” Sigh. I don’t want to be that person.

I want less and I know this. I need less. So, I am working on slowing down and doing less multi-tasking these days. Saying no to things that will just clutter the days and trying hard to see and feel a bit more… and I mess up every single day. But, I can feel my efforts paying off. I feel less stressed running from one thing to the next. Yes, that means saying no to more birthday party’s or play dates… and yes to more roaming, meandering and exploring.

I have even started to try knitting. WHAT?!?! I never thought I would try to knit, but my daughter got a knitting kit for Christmas and I was helping her with it when I realized how much I was enjoying the slow it provided me. So we are doing this together… and just a few minutes a day, but man – I soak up those minutes. Forcing me to slow down.

Granted, there is still a lot of hurry – as life is just full. But, being more intentional has helped me take one foot out of the crazy and into the calm. And the calm has brought the right kind of fun and crazy… where I feel like I can see straight and enjoy the moments.

Here’s to my ongoing effort… and maybe your’s too!

I had crossed paths with this family a few times, but this is the first time I had photographed them. They make me happy. They truly enjoy each other and don’t sweat the small stuff. I like that. Awesome family! Check them out and watch for the smile that washes over you. LOVE!


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