“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers –
Little we see in the Nature that is ours;”
– William Wordsworth
Often I find myself caught up in the everyday hustle. Scrambling to check off items on my “get shit done” lists and pausing only to check the latest posts in my Instagram feed. I have to remind myself to breath; something that should come naturally and yet with all of the things that are expected of me I too easily forget. What I really need is a yoga instructor following me around all day queuing my inhales and exhales.
– inhale – run to catch the MARTA for work
– exhale- run to catch the MARTA home from work
Alas, I am without a personal guru so I have decided to settle for gratitude, and writing a blog.
I began thinking of this blog a few years ago before I graduated college, and even more as I was getting ready to move across country. I needed courage, and a little bit of time, to begin writing. I’m not sure I will ever have the buckets of courage I am hoping for, but I have the time, so here I am putting my pen to the paper.
A few weeks ago I was hanging out at the Huey Christmas and my cousin Katie said something that caught my attention. She shared some advice a friend had given her. Advice that encourages us to spend our lives 80:10:10. 80% of our time should be spent embracing the present, 10% planning for our future, and 10% honoring our past. It sounds nice and easy right?
That would be a big, fat, juicy NO because if I’m being honest with myself then I would say my split is more like 10:75:15. I’m too worried about my 5-year plan (ahem, 1 week plan) to enjoy my now moments, and then I’m too worried about what I should have done differently 3 days ago that I miss what I should be doing differently today.
Phew! I’ve given myself a headache.
If 2015 taught me anything its that life plans don’t always work out the way we expect them to. And really, isn’t 75% of my time spent worrying about the things God already has planned for me a huge waste of my time?
My intention for this blog is to bring to life the magic, beauty, and grace of the seemingly mundane moments of everyday life. I’m hopeful this will bring a breath of fresh air into my lungs, and maybe yours too. Let’s shift our perspective to the present together.
P.S. MARTA is the public transit system in Atlanta. It is notoriously never on schedule. Unfortunately neither am I… I always seem to be 2 minutes too late for the bus, or 20 minutes too early.
P.P.S. Blogging is new for me so please be kind, but also feel free to send any advice, guidance, or suggestions my way!