“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates
As we approach the last few days of 2017, it’s no secret that many of us are caught up in the whirlwind of the holiday season. Whether it be preparing for the new year ahead, finishing off last things for work, or spending time with loved ones, there seems to just not be ‘enough’ time during this season. If there’s one thing I keep learning time and time again, is how relative time is and how it’s not a matter of ‘having’ it but rather creating it.
For the past two months, I have without a doubt been testing my boundaries, and for the past six, I have been finding my limits. I found myself overwhelmed, busy and exhausted more than once, while at the same time fulfilled and excited as new lessons were learned and new limits found.
The most recent and prevalent lesson learned? How important it is, both for my joy and sanity to maintain space and find rest to remain inspired (in-spirit) and keep that continuous flow of creativity coming. A ‘crazy-busy’ life does not interest me, a life of exhaustion, cutting off rest and presence in trade for yet another way of numbing out from what is felt and experienced right here, right now, yet another way to stagnate true creative force from effortlessly free-flowing through? No thanks!
Of course, in the midst of growing, creating and sharing, a full schedule tends to be inevitable, and that’s ok. It is not the schedule being full that’s the issue, it’s the things that get prioritized within that schedule that needs our attention. For me, it has become prioritizing time with those I love and enjoy being around, it has become blocking out moments within my schedule for things that light up and refuel, writing, napping, reading, listening to music, cooking, and studying. Staying committed to those moments and honoring them, which might mean in those moments simply ‘being busy’ for other things and saying ‘no’ more often.
Creating space for continuous creativity, whatever that means to you. Whether going for a run clears up some space to get back to drawing that thing you can’t stop thinking about, a good long nap frees up the fog in your mind to start writing that piece you’ve been dreaming about it, setting aside time to cook up that recipe you’re curious about or simply sitting in stillness finding ease in the moment to allow your thoughts and ideas to flow.
Create that space, don’t wait around for things to be “less busy” or “time to be on your side”. Prioritize that joyous creative flow. You’re here to create, in whatever way sets your heart on fire!
Love & light,