How Do You Slow Down?

SeptemberWoah. It’s October. In fact, it’s October 2nd, and I barely remember September starting.

I had seven speaking events in September, one three-day ebook giveaway, and a five-day trip out of town. I attended my class reunion, watched Emma play baseball, and saw Devin score his first soccer goal. I took each kid to a doctor’s appointment and had a marriage counseling session.

I know this because Google calendar remembers everything. For me, the month was mostly a blur.

There isn’t a single event in September that I regret, but I hate the feeling that life is flying by too fast. I sold a beautiful house and gave away a wonderful car and lived in an RV for 10 months in an effort to not have life fly by too fast.

I have seven more speaking events on the calendar for October. I’m looking forward to each and every one of them. I’m less excited about the orthodontist appointment I’ll take Devin to or the doctor’s visit scheduled for Emma. I will happily attend four more of Emma’s baseball games and four more of Devin’s soccer games, weather permitting. I am eagerly anticipating attending the Propelle Retreat and the start of another mastermind session.

My life is full of good things.

I just don’t want to miss it.

And I don’t want to miss playing cards with my family. I don’t want to miss reading books with Emma, watching YouTube videos with Devin, or spending Saturday mornings tooling around estate sales with Jared. Everything right now is so big and busy that the small and simple is hard to come by. I love the small and simple.

I am so grateful for all the opportunities coming my way, and I don’t want to wish them away – but I don’t want to lose the present moment, either.

October 2nd reminds me that I need to slow down a little every day. I need to get face to face with my three most important people and just breathe with them. And not when things slow down – but now. Today. Each day. Or November 2nd will be here before I know it and I’ll be wondering what happened to October.

It’s not life that needs to slow down; it’s me.

How will I slow down while my schedule remains full?

  • Focusing on ten minutes at a time.
  • Eliminating what matters less to me in place of what matters more.
  • Not multitasking.
  • Putting away the phone and the laptop when it’s time.
  • Noticing what’s right in front of me.
  • Continuing my gratitude practice.

My hope is that I can be a bit more intentional this month, and that I do a better job of balancing family connection with career opportunities.

And that the Pirates win the World Series.

What do you want to notice this October?

  1. Amy Graham says:

    “Put away the phone and laptaop when its time” I need to work on that one. I love connecting with people, so blogging, facebook, reading and commenting on other peoples’ blog posts is so fun and fulfilling to me…but I need to remember that all day long, I have a little toddler person that I need to connect with right in front of me! Thanks for the reminder. :)
    Amy Graham’s most recent post: Sunday Thoughts: Your Spouse Can’t Heal You

  2. I think your advice about not multi-tasking and focusing on just ten minutes at a time – is fantastic. Sometimes we just get too concerned about doing everything at the same time all of the time.
    Aimee@Middle Finger Project’s most recent post: 9 Ways You Can Live (A Bit) More Fully.

    • Miss Britt says:

      Whenever I see successful women on TV, they are juggling 50 things like a boss, and so I assume that’s how it has to be done – but that NEVER works out well for me!

      (Also – I’m pretty damn pumped to see your name in my comments.)

  3. Great reminders. I seriously have no idea where the summer went. I have committed to not watching as much TV and doing more of what I want to do rather than what other people want me to do, so that I can enjoy what is in front of me right now! October is so beautiful and is often the calm before the winter storms, so I don’t want it to rush by just yet!
    Janine @ BreathOfOptimism’s most recent post: Positive Life Quotes – October 6, 2013

  4. Sebastian says:

    Wow, you have a lot going on for you! Congratz!

    Focusing on ten minutes at a time would be huge for me. Getting too ahead of myself and thinking way into the future kills me some times. And this can be from weeks ahead to a few hours ahead.
    Sebastian’s most recent post: Bullies

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