Wednesday, September 26, 2012

what's your one thing?

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I was talking with a friend the other day (who also happens to be my amazing sis-in-law... Hi, Megan!) and she said something that I just can't get out of my head.  We were discussing the different projects that we are excited to accomplish, some areas in life we are striving to improve in, and other goals that we have in mind for ourselves.  I was deep in discussion about my long laundry list of goals and things I wanted to do better.  My friend gracefully stopped me and asked ...

"This is all so good.  But, it sounds like you have so many things that you're trying to be perfect in.  What's one thing right now that you really want to focus on?" 

A statement so simple was extremely profound for me in that moment.

I am a dreamer.  I feed off of inspiration.  I have lists and notebooks full of writing ideas, conferences or groups to put together, and home projects to do.  (and... and... and...)  Along with those lists, I also want to be a top-notch wife and the best mom around.  

Phew.  Just writing that makes my palms sweat.

Dreaming and striving to be your "best self" is so good.  I love setting and accomplishing goals.  BUT, I have too much going on in my head lately.  Too many regulations and rules.  I need to allow a little more wiggle room for mistakes and for play.  With perfection and too many "to do's" swirling in my mind, I often defeat myself before I even start on something.  My friend's statement made me focus and realize that I'm not even enjoying what I'm doing because I have too much on my mind. It was such a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the process of working towards a goal.

So, what's your one thing?  What are you choosing to focus on this week?  This month?  Let's get rid of all our ideas of perfection and enjoy the process of working towards something.  Let's give ourselves a little grace and hit it out of the park together.  Ready?

1 comment:

  1. Yay!! I'm in a post :)
    Let's get together again soon and talk about our "one thing"
    My meal planning is still going well - sure can take a long time to get that "one thing" right though when you're a new mom!!
    I'd love to hear what you think you're one thing is right now!!