Today was a good day. Today I quit. No, not my job. Not the styling business. Not the blog. And certainly nothing as silly as shopping! (although I am on a serious budget at this point and buying only essentials). No, I quit something much more important. I quit my extracurricular activities. The extra things in my life that are all good and by themselves don't take up much time, but together can really add up and have begun to stress me out. After reading an email from a friend about time management, I realized that the two things in my life that I need to be focusing on (aside from God, husband, family & my dayjob) are: 1. our adoption (read more here) and 2. my styling business. You wouldn't believe the amount of paperwork and mental energy going through an adoption can take. And for anyone else out there working a full-time day job while trying to manage a start up on the side you KNOW how much work that can be. Some days I think I'm fine and then BAM! I realize it's our month for hospitality at church and while my husband just ran out to get snacks while I finish getting ready and am thinking we are doing OK, he comes back and asks if we were supposed to get there early to make the coffee. Oops. Yes, yes we were. When you have three calendars in your life and STILL can't keep it straight, maybe it's time to eliminate some of the things on those calendars. I had a near breakdown last week when I realized I had not used my time wisely and was quickly approaching the deadline we gave our social worker for our profile book. My husband doesn't know where I am half the time because even if I tell him, he forgets because it's something new every night (except for my two nights a week that are the same each week....I know, two nights per week is too much...I'm working on that one!) I could go on and on. I'm sure each and every one of you reading this probably feels the exact same way. Too busy. Too stressed. Too rushed. I think part of the reason for this is that we women say yes too much. I know I certainly do. So today I'm saying no to five things in my life that are great, fulfilling and fun, but just too much right now. Today, I quit. And I couldn't be more thrilled! Now excuse me, I'm going to go sit on my porch. I'd love to hear from you about things you've quit and felt great about, time management or how you became less busy!
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