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When people tell me they are overwhelmed or are struggling to get everything done and ask what they can do, my response is simple.
“Stop doing what no longer brings you joy and do more of what makes you happy.”
That is usually met with a loud huff and the response of, ‘Sure Jenean, that sounds great, but you don’t understand how many people are counting on me!”
My response comes from a line in the Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte.
‘You only have on your plate what you choose to put there.’
I will add, the only people that count on you are the ones that you choose to have rely on you.
This means that you can step aside and let others be responsible for themselves. To live their own life and make their own mistakes, as well as you can say no to things, events, activities and such that don’t light you up.
If you have been following me for a while, then you know that several years ago, my life was a mess.
Debt; stressful, unfulfilling job; disaster marriage; no time or energy to pursue my creative desires. My days were filled with obligation and responsibility for others day after day. It sucked.
I was reading the above quote by Danielle LaPorte one day and it really stuck with me. In the book she suggests starting with taking 15 min a day and just doing what you love for those 15 minutes.
So I decided to try it.
Funny, you wouldn’t think 15 min would make much of a difference, but it was life-changing.
It started with me going for a short walk, which quickly turned into my favorite part of my day.
A month later I upped it to 30 min a day.
A month after that 1 hour.
Within a year, 50% of my waking time was focused on doing what I loved. Writing, painting, movies, naps, hanging out in nature, talking to Spirit…
What would your life look like at the end of the year if you started taking 15 min a day for you, now?
I would love to hear about it, share with me in the comments!