I’ve always been the person to anticipate things and live a lot of time in the future, instead of the present. Since I’m a big Enneagram fan, I kind of live/die by the overview of my personality type – good old number seven, the enthusiast. It’s taught me the beauty of being an enthusiast and the struggles of going a million miles a minute.
After reflecting a bit on my Sunday morning, I decided to make a list of things I can do this spring that reinforces the act of slowing down and living in the moment. AKA things that Google Calendar doesn’t dictate.
1. Plant a few vegetables.
I grew about four tomatoes last year, but I did a fairly good job of getting out to water them and keep them healthy. I have all the equipment to do it, just need some seeds for planting.
2. Shop local.
I talk about this quite a bit, but I’m still really quick to get on Amazon for needs, so it’s something I’m still working to reinforce. I’ve created the habit of only shopping for cat food at Smitten Kitten and getting coffee beans and all Chemex gear at Mars Cafe. Cards are mostly from Ephemera and gifts (depending on the recipient) are often from some boutique or restaurant in the area. The more we support our businesses, the more money that goes back into our community! I love that. #seizedesmoines 🙂
3. Bike more!
Bike Month is May and I live really close to work, so it makes a lot of sense to ride more often. Unfortunately, meetings across town don’t always make it conducive, but I’m working on moving them closer to my office (when I have control) so I can allow for more bike trips. My coworker always inspires me when he rides in because he has waaaay more distance to cover than me and still does it. Just need to get the bike into shape for spring. #weekendgoals
4. Outdoor photography.
I took my DSLR class at the Art Center and have this great camera to use, so I’m hoping it helps motivate me to be outside more and capture the beauty of some of our parks and people in my life.
5. Read for pleasure.
Z is truly inspiring in this category. Saturday mornings, before bed, and other spare moments, he’s reading for pleasure. The thought of doing this makes me immensely happy, but I tend to navigate towards the laptop for Netflix or work projects. I just got Big Magic from a pal, so I dove in last night with cats cuddled in close. Liz starts out by saying that the universe (or whatever higher power you believe in) buries strange jewels within us and then stands back to see if we can find them. And this beautiful part:
“So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
6. Send notes & cards.
Something I remember about my college days is being really good at showing RAOK. Maybe I had more time and energy to do it, or perhaps I made the space to do it (or maybe I was just a nicer person). It still brings me a lot of joy to recognize a friend’s hard work or to send “thinking of you” cards to friends I haven’t seen in a while.
This list is short & sweet to keep it realistic. After writing this post about refining all the things, I can’t even begin to explain the weight that is lifted. I understand that part of me chooses to carry the weight and a lot of it is #firstworldproblems, but I also remind myself that it’s okay to feel. And to feel a lot or nothing or sad or frustrated no matter what it is.
How do you slow down in your life?