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I’m often asked how I have enough time to do all the “things” that I do.
(Look, I’m not trying to make it sound like I’m so special and successful and I do ALL THE THINGS… I just mean that when I promote doing things like reading, or doing yoga, or doing other “low-priority” (to some) tasks, the general consensus seems to be “but how do you have time for that!?”)
Full-time job, #momlife, family, fitness instructing, doing my own workouts, maintaining relationships, blogging, having a social life, online school, reading, podcasts, watching webinars, getting enough sleep, grocery shopping, eating properly, keeping myself organized… at any given time I have more than one of these things on the go. I’m sure you have a similar life. I’m not a superhero, and I’m not special. It can be a lot. It is a lot.
And how can you possibly find time to do things that seem like they’re the bottom of the totem pole of priorities? (Like, reading or listening to podcasts, or whatever else it is you enjoy doing when you have a smidge of spare time?)
Well, I think it comes down to choice. (You probably thing that’s a load of crap, don’t you?)
Life is a series of choices. (Is that a quote? It might be. Idk.)
Every day you are given many opportunities to choose.
You can choose what time you get up in the morning. (Yeah, if you don’t like the morning, it’s not going to be easy. I didn’t say what you choose to do would be EASY!)
You can choose what kind of attitude you have to start your day.
You can choose if you’re going to workout. (Whether you actually go to the gym, or you do something at home. Your choice… obvs.)
You can choose if you’re going to drink enough water.
You can choose how you react to bad news.
You can choose if you’re a courteous driver. (Or, if you would prefer to scream and rage and yell at people on the road when they do dumb things. I may or may not have made that choice on occasion.)
You can choose what foods to put in your mouth.
You can choose what you say, how you say it, how you present yourself, and how you treat people.
You can choose what things you buy at the grocery store.
You can choose if you buy that chocolate bar at the grocery checkout.
You can choose how to spend your last 15 minutes before bed. (Sometimes it’s reading. Sometimes it’s other things…)
You can choose if you multitask while you walk the dog, or commute to work, or do the dishes, or fold the laundry.
You can choose how you heal your body.
You can choose how you react to bad traffic, getting a cold, being laid off, being treated poorly, or experiencing horrible customer service.
I think you get it. YOU are the one who decides what you do and when you do it. So, if you want to start reading, do it for 15 minutes a day before you go to bed. If you want to listen to a podcast, listen to one while you walk the dog, or drive to work, or do housework. If you want to start a blog, do it after your kids go to bed, or for half an hour each morning before you do anything else. If you want to go to the gym, GO TO THE GYM.
Get up earlier. Do it for 15 minutes. Do it alongside another task. CHOOSE TO DO IT.
If it’s important to you, you’ll do it. If not, you’ll make an excuse. (That’s definitely a quote. Yes, yes it is. That’s courtesy of Ryan Blair, I think.)
I make decisions and then choices based on what things I need at any given time. Sometimes I need to shut down and read for 30 minutes. Sometimes I need to go for a walk. Sometimes I need to just not talk to anybody. Other times, I’m kicking ass at a presentation, I’m building valuable relationships with clients or colleagues, I’m fully engaged in a meeting, I’m working hard on a blog post, I’m spending time with my toddler, I’m going out for dinner alone with my husband, or I’m meeting a friend for coffee to catch up.
Yes, you in the back, I see you. Put your hand down, I’m not taking questions. This is not a Q&A.
You always have a choice. Some days, you’re going to choose not to read before bed. Not to go to the gym. Not to skip the chocolate bar at the grocery store.
Some days, you will have tougher choices to make than others.
Some days, you’ll have to choose your reaction to something awful.
Some days, it’s going to be really hard to choose a positive attitude.
Being able to make choices doesn’t mean you’re exempt from being handed hypothetical lemons.
(…but you can choose to make lemonade, can’t you? OF COURSE YOU CAN.)
That’s the beauty of it – YOU get to choose.
But more importantly, you must be content with your choices.
If you decide to skip the gym, own it. If you’ve been working hard and need a day off, be okay with your choice to take one for yourself. If you need a break from your kid, choose to find alternative care for the LO and take care of yourself first. If you choose to start something and don’t finish it, give yourself a break. If you choose to eat that chocolate bar, DO IT!
You can do all these things, because remember that life is a SERIES of choices.
Sometimes you’ll make a great decision, and other times you may not.
But YOU still get to decide. YOU still get to choose.
Live your life. Start now. Do it. Choose.
(…Or dont, who am I to tell you what to do?)
SEE YA NEXT WEEK… IF I CHOOSE TO WRITE A POST NEXT WEEK! HA.
For reals though, thanks for reading my random thoughts. You could’ve chosen to do anything else this past few minutes, but you stuck it out. YOU’RE THE BEST!
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