I turned 25.5 on May 21. It’s always memorable because it’s also my dearest mother’s birthday. It’s important for me to use my blog as a space to reflect, so after six months, I’m checking back in with goals & important thoughts from November.
I made this list when I turned 25 about 25 things I found important to work towards. The list embodies adventure, relationships, growth, addressing issues & becoming a better version of myself. To be honest, it’s not the list that motivates me. I don’t look at the list, get sweaty palms and wonder how I’m going to get this done (minus #20, which my crappy knees may not be able to do). I read through my intentional goals/thoughts and am like yep, I am moving in the right direction for me, right here, right now.
Life has completely changed because of items on the list getting checked off, therefore priorities must shift. Now that #2 and #3 (grad school & yoga community growth) are actually real, live things, time is even more precious. Which makes #12’s quote even more precious: “Guard your time fiercely. Be generous with it, but be intentional about it.”
New friends are now in my circle, old friends have moved close by. I may not do it all & Emily from college would ensure it happens regardless of enjoyment along the way. Nowadays, I’m like eh, I’d rather get more staycations in than ensure I’m at a wine tasting class. Right? Circling back to the list, I’m proud of what I’ve been able to do so far. I try to remind myself daily that I am a human being, not a human doing. And that it’s okay not to work on things… all the time.
A 13-year-old girl I nanny asked me tonight, “are you like, really busy all the time?” And I didn’t really know how to respond. I asked her what she meant and it stems from all the pictures she sees on social media and what I talk about when she comes to my yoga classes. I said yes, I am really busy, but I am happily busy. And there are differences when people say they are busy. Busy has its own definition to each individual, I think. And it comes out in different tones when people say, “I’m really busy.” I like what my friend Julia once said in regards to busyness. Talk about life being full. And that’s exactly what my life is: full.
And when the list fails & I feel like I need a break sometimes it’s the simple reminder…