I Wish For….. MORE TIME
Written by Laura Prather on May 14, 2014
Time is a very precious commodity – and seems to be easily stolen (or given away, or lost, or whatever). There just never seems to be enough of it. It is limited. Everyone has the same and we truly spend it every day. Some better than others. So are we spending our time wisely or foolishly?
BACK UP FOR A MOMENT: Forgive my long absence. My life has been a whirlwind with lots of changes at the store and then a lot of re-evaluating ME and where I am going. I think I’ve written 100 blog posts in my mind but I just couldn’t seem to get to the point to pick up the computer and log in to write. Silly really. Oh, I suppose a lot of it was just feeling overwhelmed and then that led to a bit of depression because I didn’t even know where to start. But oh how I have missed it! I’ve been a bit preoccupied…..
Since I’ve last written I’ve packed up my store and moved it to a downtown location. Remodeled that store, set it back up, took a family cruise to the Western Caribbean, had the flu for 2 weeks, took a weekend get-a-way with the hubby to the Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs, worked 6 days a week, ran errands on the 7th day, had a mild melt-down, took myself to the spa for an entire day (to recover from my melt-down), hired a lady to help with the boutique, let the same lady go after a week and a half, hired another lady, and added a new member to our family!
Whew! Anyone else feel like their life is absolute chaos and you just want to get off or make it all stop?!?!
Well I realized that I had a lot more control over all the chaos in my life than I was willing to admit and with that it seemed time just disappeared. No I can’t control other people & some circumstances but I can make decisions that will help with some of the overwhelming situations that suck the life out of me.
I sat back for a moment and realized that our society applauds busy-ness and insanity and we wear our chaos like a medal around our neck. Somehow we don’t feel accomplished if we are not completely overwhelmed. We proudly tell everyone how busy we are – like it’s going to make others admire us for our busy-ness. I’m here to tell you all it does is cause ulcers, sleepless nights, and poor relationships.
As a result of all this ruminating about time lost and chaos I decided that it is now my goal to DE-STRESS and be UN-BUSY. Don’t get me wrong. I’m working harder than ever – but just not ALL. THE. TIME.
I now ask myself before I commit to anything if it is going to cause more stress in my life. If so – it’s OUT. For now anyway. I have some catch-up work to do with my health and with my family, along with restructuring my time so I don’t feel like I’m wasting it.
On another note: if you haven’t noticed I’ve changed the name of my blog to “BOSS LADY….beyond the boutique”. This blog really was never about my store, it was about my journey as an owner of a boutique. So I’m going to be giving you all a little more of the “behind-the-scenes” look of the craziness of starting and owning a retail store while wearing all of my other hats. If you want to develop perseverance and long-suffering as part of your character then starting a business is the way to go! It also brings a huge sense of satisfaction as you can visually see the fruits of your labor. But it took (and is taking) TIME.
- TIME I didn’t have.
- TIME I felt was lost.
- TIME away from my family.
- TIME I didn’t want to use.
- TIME borrowed from other activities (like sleep).
- Confusing TIMES.
- Scary TIMES.
- Happy TIMES.
- More TIME than I expected,
- but definitely TIME not wasted.
So what about you. How are YOU spending your time? Is it foolish or wise? Speaking of…time to move on to the next thing. I think I’ll actually make a sit-at-home dinner tonight instead of our customary “we’re all so busy and tired let’s stop at the next restaurant” night.
~ Act like a lady but think like a boss. ~