When “Busy” Feels Like a Dirty Word

life is for living

Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.

“Have you been busy?”  A question that stings me.  It seems nowadays, you ask anyone that and it’s followed by a rattling off of a mental checklist.

Life is overwhelming.  People everywhere are feeling the pressures of just living on a daily basis.

I wonder if someone back in the 20’s or even the 50’s would have been asked that, how they would have responded?  Ah…the simpler days…..the thought causes my mind to drift…..

To me, “busy” feels like a dirty word.  I don’t like being “busy” in a sense of always having to be somewhere.

As my kids are getting older, I’m starting to feel this “busy” more often than not, with the various activities in which they are involved.

As of late, I’ve been reminded that, for my own well-being, I need to take a step back and re-evaluate what, to me, is most important, not just for my children, but also myself.

That means scaling back, letting go, and not trying to be twenty places at once

I become stressed, ugly mom and then who suffers?  Our children.  Maybe you can relate?

I’ve learned that, in order to be the best I can be for our children, my well-being needs attention.  And a part of that is maybe saying “no” to the things that take my time from that.

So, my question to you is – what are you willing to let go or say “no” to, in order to fill that time with something you need for your own well-being, or to fill that time with something you know is more important for yourself or your children?  Maybe using that time to go on a coffee date with your spouse/friend or making it a “fun” day filled with possibility, rather than just another thing on the schedule – is just what everyone needs?!

As they say, spontaneity is the spice of life and it’s far more fun than having a jam-packed schedule that doesn’t allow for a little spur-of-the-moment fun every once in a while!

After all, isn’t that what life is for – living? 😉


About Victoria

Hi there! I'm Victoria: wife & mother of three with one pooch living in rural ND. I am a professional photographer turned writer, published author, and side-hustle entrepreneur. I dream of vacationing in Fiji and seeing Matchbox Twenty live (among other things). I firmly believe everything is "figureoutable," and if it doesn't challenge you - it doesn't change you. I also looooooooove coffee. A lot. :D

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