It’s my birthday. Well it’s my surrogate birthday. I’m actually a leap year girl. And while there is no 29th this year, I’ve had many more February 28th birthdays than 29th.
I love birthdays. It’s fun to be spoiled and special for a day. And I have many great birthday memories. My 16th (4th) birthday I had an amazing hippie party with my friends. When I was about 14, I picked out a new birthday outift. It was shorts and a flannel shirt. Very cool in the 90’s. And then I shivered all day. (It was after all an Idaho winter.) When I turned 32(8) I took the family to Disneyland. I always try to do something nice for myself on my birthday.
But this year, I’ve given myself the best gift of all. Time.
I am a fast paced person and in years past, I’ve worn the badge of busy like an army medal. Look at how much I accomplish. Look at how I manage all of these different roles. Look at my ability to organize and balance. I was constantly trying to show myself that I was capable of filling my schedule with valuable activities. In fact, I even wrote a blog post about busy schedules. Check out, What to do when a glance at your schedule makes you want to cry.
But this year I’ve dedicated The year of Amy. And one of the things I agreed to do was simplify, simplify, simplify. So I started out the year with a question. “Where do I create the best wins?”
I looked at this in my business and in my family. Where do I create great wins? What do I do that really rocks? And then I started systematically removing myself from other things. And an amazing thing happened.
After many many years of schedules that had almost zero white space, this week I looked at my calendar and it was full of white space.
I HAVE TIME!
Trust me, I don’t plan to sit around binge watching netflix this week. I don’t see that space as time to waste. I see it as time to create.
Because I cut out the things that I was doing with mediocre success, I now have time to do things I’ve really been wanting to do.
I have 2 books in progress that I want to finish up.
I have time to create new systems in my business.
I had time last week to organize my office.
I have time to go on a date in the middle of the day with the hubs if I want to.
I have time to teach my son cello lessons.
I have time to go on walks in the morning.
I’ll work hard until the day I die. I’m passionate about life, my family, and my business. But here’s the change. I am no longer confusing, busy and important.
What could you accomplish if you only focused on the areas where you create big wins? If you had time to do what you truly love, how would you spend your time. Make time for those activities and you’ll find your dream life is within reach.
Happy birthday Amy, you deserve time.