Taking Time to Slow Things Down

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“I have been so busy lately.”

I must hear myself say this a few times a week now. I say it when I’m catching up with friends, calling my parents, trying to reschedule plans I keep cancelling, and as I’m complaining to my girlfriend when we finally snuggle up on the couch after a long day.

While being busy is great (I feel beyond thankful that I’m able to work so consistently doing what I love to do), I’ve noticed that I’ve been feeling a little too much pride when I start talking about how just busy I’ve gotten. I’ve taken so much pride in it, in fact, that I have started to feel guilty or even lazy when I have a day that I’m not busy.

So, this month, I’m working on finding some balance.

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December has the potential to be my busiest month yet. Christmas is upon us, and Megan and I are driving down to Kentucky to visit both sides of my family. Work is coming in at a faster pace than ever before, and I am studying for and taking my very last three finals before finally getting my bachelor’s degree. Throw in gift shopping and maintaining a workout schedule. It’s a lot.

Megan has been getting on my case recently for bringing my laptop to bed and trying to be productive every waking hour. It just isn’t healthy. So, in spite of all the craziness ahead, I want to enjoy this month and the holidays with the people I love and without a million unorganized tasks zipping around in the back of my mind anytime I try to take a break.

My goal is to set aside more time this month to just breathe and to work on silencing that voice in my head that makes me feel guilty for doing so.

To start December off on the right foot, Megan and went to one of our favorite little parks on the water. It’s always nice and quiet, especially this time of the year, and it’s somewhere I love to just clear my head and relax. I reflected on the month behind me and made a promise to myself that December would have more days like this. Being busy feels great, but it’s got nothing on the feeling you get sitting on a rocky shore with a beautiful woman.

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So here’s to making the very most of this month, surviving the craziness of the holidays, enjoying time with loved ones, and putting the damn phone away to curl up on the couch in flannel pjs and watch those Christmas claymation movies we all love so much.

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What are your December goals?

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