In just a few short days I’ll be heading off to Mexico to soak up some sunshine – and it couldn’t feel like a stranger contrast to the weather we’ve been experiencing lately in Vancouver. Last weekend, had to have been one of the coldest and wettest weekends this fall to date. As I sit here drinking my favourite lemon, honey, ginger, + turmeric tea to cure my slightly sore throat, I can’t help but think that this vacation is coming at the perfect time.
But a few days ago this vacation did not feel like it was coming at the perfect time. I recently shared how I had lost my balance, and discussed how I created a weekend blogging schedule to accomplish everything on my to-do list. That week – and honestly, the last two months, I have felt like I have been completely overbooking myself and frankly, I was becoming a bit frazzled. Looking back on it now though, while it has been a juggling act – it’s also been a lot of fun. And while recently reviewing my blog, I realized that I have focused a lot on organizing the chaos – but I didn’t touch on celebrating it. I’d be lying if I said that at times I didn’t look at my schedule and feel exhausted by the mere thought of it, but it would also be a lie to say that I don’t absolutely love it.
This year has been a whirlwind. From a completely surprise engagement to my incredible fiancé, taking on lots of new freelance work, to growing The UU – it’s been a year of unexpected excitement. These changes have propelled life forward and given me new opportunities – so even if at times my schedule feels overwhelming, I can’t help but feel a great sense of joy about it. Today I wanted to focus less on how to organize your life, and talk more about how to celebrate the chaos – so click through if you’re looking to view your life more positively!
How to Celebrate the Whirlwind of Life
Take a Step Back
Sometimes when you’re amidst a big project, it can feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. During these moments I always have to step away for a moment, take a deep breath, and remind myself of the end goal. For example, I recently went through a few hundred of my posts to update links and add ALT tags. It felt like a never-ending task. But I just continued to remind myself that it was all in efforts to improve the UU – and that made it feel a little less like work.
Look for the Good
Part of living and leading a positive life is seeing the good all around you. Admittedly, sometimes this can be tough. For example, this past weekend I actively tried to convince myself that the rain was nice because it gave me an excuse to indulge in a movie marathon (and way too much popcorn). While I wasn’t incredibly successful of convincing myself to love the cold, windy, rainy day – I did manage to make something good of it – and I ended up having a really fun and relaxing day with Jer.
Hold onto the Important Things (and Toss the Bad)
Don’t discard what is important just because at times it’s stressful or tedious. No job is perfect. There are always going to be stressful situations or boring tasks. The important part is to really have an understanding of what you like about your job. Maybe you love that there’s room to grow, you enjoy your co-workers, or love how fast paced it is. Recognize the good points and remind yourself that it’s really not all that bad. But at the same time, if you’ve taken on a project or job that gives you no enjoyment then it’s time to assess the situation. Don’t hold on to projects or jobs because you’re worried of disappointing other people – worry about disappointing yourself. Staying in a job that doesn’t add something to your life won’t bring you any happiness in the long run.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
We all make errors from time to time. Beating yourself up because you made a spelling error, or forgot to reply to an email right away really will not help you. When errors are made, simply make a mental note of them and try to not repeat them. Don’t let errors darken your day.
Make Time for You
Make sure you take time for you. Allowing work and projects to rule your life will ruin your enjoyment in it all. Give yourself space and time occasionally to really check out of work. I recently shared 7 tips on how to create a wellness retreat right at home, and that’s been really important to having me re-focus and celebrate the chaos in my life.