One of my biggest personal goals this year was to slow down and be more present. My mind is constantly off elsewhere and I find it really hard to live in the moment, something I think a lot of us struggle with and we don't even realise that we're doing it. So this is how I've slowed down a little and started to live in the moment.
Put The Phone Down
Whenever you've got your phone attached to your hand you cannot possibly live in the moment because your mind is off in the wonderful world of social media. As much as I love the online world and my blog I find sometimes that I'm far too present online than offline. Not only is it highly annoying for those around us but it makes switching off even more difficult so during the day I leave my phone in another area of my room so I can work in piece and instead of aimlessly scrolling through social media when I go to bed I read instead.
Stopped Wishing Time Away
I'm horribly guilty for wishing my life away and then getting grumpy when the years seem to be whizzing by. A big factor of this is that my boyfriend tours for a living so I'm always wanting the time when he's gone to go by at lightning speed so he can be home for a few days. As much as I want my boyfriend home quicker I also want to appreciate the time that I've got and what I'm doing in between as I know that I will get to a point in my life where I will be wishing for the time I had back.
Been A Little More Spontaneous
Something I've never been described as is spontaneous, I'm a planner and that is just who I am. Of course, I've only made baby steps so far but it's still progress. It's only been small things like leaving a couple of days open in my blog schedule so that I can write posts that come into my head at the last minute or instead of sticking to my to-do list gone out for a couple of hours instead. It's something that I'm definitely trying to work on as much as I love my to-do lists sometimes it's fun to do something that isn't on them.
Taken A Slower Approach
Like most, I started this year of with a bunch of things that I wanted to get done and then I realised that I couldn't possibly do everything. There have been things crop up this year that whilst I've never spoken about online have made me realise that sometimes I need to go a little slower and that is ok. For a long time, I've tried to keep up with everybody around me and that is just simply not a healthy attitude to have, I'm running my own race not theirs. I think there is a lot of stigma attached to going at life at a little bit of a slower pace but if that works for you then that is all that matters.
Scrapped The 5 Year Plan
Something that seems to arise in conversation quite a lot is 'what do you think you'll be doing in 5 years time?' if you had asked me this question 5 years ago I would have listed a number of things and not one of those is what I'm doing right now. Life seems to have a habit of throwing curveballs at you constantly and sometimes it's better just to embrace them and they can lead you to something you might never have thought about before. Now when I think about where I want to be in five years time all I know is that I want to be happy and healthy because they are two things that are really important in life and everything else is just an added extra.