Slow down buttercup – Thoughts on enjoying life a little more

I am starting a new phase in life when I want to enjoy time on earth to the fullest and not stress more than I should. I’ve been going 1000 miles an hour, operating under the motto of “Must pack as much as possible during the day, so I can feel I’m “ahead” and have it together.”

About two weeks ago I started thinking about what do I want from life. I feel like I’ve been waiting for the “moment’ or an “experience” when everything will make sense and life will “click” in a way I feel fortunate and accomplished. But then I asked myself: What is the “thing” that I’m are waiting for to arrive? The “goal” I must accomplish, and when I reach my goals, I’ll feel “set” and happy?

Slow down buttercup - Thoughts on enjoying life a little more

Slow down buttercup – Thoughts on enjoying life a little more

For me, the ideal life involves children that are thankful, smart and compassionate. A marriage where I don’t even have to speak my thoughts and my husband will magically understand where I come from and what I need. Another goal is a blogging career that is fruitful, fun and profitable. And finally, a day when I feel accomplished being a mom, a wife, a daughter and an artist.

Will that day arrive? What if it doesn’t? What if my “goal” never arrives, or I never “arrive?” What then? I have the slightest idea of what the future will hold. So why invest all my energy working towards the day when life will feel settled, peaceful and happy but then that day never comes?

What if instead, I focus on today, pray for my needs for to-day, help others that need help to-day and not worry/dread tomorrow’s unending chores and parenting marathons.

In a nutshell, I have decided to live day by day, carving time to enjoy the “now” and stopping comparing my children to other children, desiring the minimalistic, clean house I can’t have (for now) and stopping looking at my social media (obsessively.)

I’ve been waking up, thanking God I’m alive today, taking my kids to school with a full tummy and hopefully have a low-stress ride to school. I’m also exercising and eating a little better, chopping my to-do lists into smaller “to-do’s” and taking the time to slow down. One of the functional changes I’ve made is to sit down for 10 minutes and color away with my new gel pens and brand new coloring book. Not obsessing about what I should be doing next, but instead slowing down, enjoying the moment and the sweet monotony of staying at home with three kids and my elderly mom.

That’s it. I’m just slowing down. And it feels very nice.

Slow down buttercup – Thoughts on enjoying life a little more

Printable to remind me to slow down ;)

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What can you do to slow down a bit and enjoy life a little more today?

Ursula

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