A fresh start

calm-2218409_1920It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life. We think we’re being productive because we’re doing so much. But in reality, we’re run off our feet without much to show for it.

Today is the beginning of a new month and I’m going to remind myself to stop, breathe, and slow down. I’m not so busy that I need to skip meals or lose sleep in order to get things done.

I’m going to live more intentionally, putting more thought into how I spend my time, who I connect with, and the things I fill my mind with. I’m planning on decluttering and organizing my place and selling or donating things I no longer use. I will mark time in my planner for quiet time, to sit and meditate and unwind, especially after a busy day. I will schedule in self-care so I’m not running myself ragged.

Things are likely going to amp up as I plan my next trip. So I need to keep things under control so I don’t get overwhelmed. I just found out my dream trip to the Philippines and Japan will be happening later this year. It feels like a dream. So if any of you have been there before and have tips or ideas, please let me know. I’ll be traveling with friends but am open to suggestions!

What does your June look like?


13 thoughts on “A fresh start

  1. Bart Leahy says:

    Re: mindfulness

    Been working on being mindful of my emotional state lately–especially if I find myself getting “heated.” Trying to slow down my reactions and understand what’s going on before I shoot from the hip.

    Otherwise, I’ve been doing “morning pages” (journal writing), per Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way.” That requires a lot of self-examination, -awareness, and -honesty. Draining, painful, and fulfilling all at once.

    Re: travel

    Bon voyage! Japan’s on my short list of places to visit. Enjoy!


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  2. mawil1 says:

    Wow what a fabulous trip to do! I think that you are right about the busyness though . All credit to you for reviewing and cutting out the iun- necessaries.

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  3. Warrior Freya says:

    This is a good reminder for me as I try to find work / life balance. I’m forgetting to give myself solitude which I NEED to do in order to avoid burnout. Maybe I should add my “me time meetings” back onto my calendar. After all, I’m not allowed to be late for meetings. : )

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  4. Driving Australia says:

    Ally, my husband Brian and I travelled Japan two years ago. I documented it with photos on my blog: drivingaustralia.wordpress.com starting with Narita Japan on 12 Mar 2015. I would be more than happy to answer any questions if I can but by email as I find WordPress frustrating – drivingaust@gmail.com. Kind regards, Joyce. PS don’t miss the snow monkeys near Nagano.

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