2017 has been a year full of many “firsts.” There have been many highs, a few lows, and numerous doubts along the way. It’s been a year of growth, pruning, reflection, more pruning, planning, pruning, resting, and did I mention pruning? There are a number of things this year has taught me. What I consider the greatest takeaway is the need to challenge my relationship with and perspective on time.

So often we get caught up in the rat race against time, trying to accomplish goals, self-imposed timelines, and then there’s that whole comparison thing that we do. By the time we’ve done all that, we have little time left to really enjoy what matters to us most. Even when we do carve out time for those things and/or people, the quality is severely compromised because we are likely mentally worn out. I realize that this is not the race that I want to run nor win for that matter. I’m not sure true balance is a thing though I’m not convinced that it isn’t either. What I do know is that I want to live authentically and my authentic self has no appreciation for joining #teamnosleep nor giving all of myself away to work/people/causes to the detriment of my own family. They are my greatest priority to whom I owe my duty first. So what that means is that I must shift my understanding of and relationship with time. I must understand and value it as a tool that when utilized properly will aid me in accomplishing and honoring what I value most.

As I move away from thought patterns that suggest “I just don’t have enough time” or “I need more hours in a day” I will reflect upon and embrace a few new thoughts. I hope they encourage you as they have encouraged me.

My renewed relationship with time:

  1. Time is not my enemy. Quite the contrary. It is more akin to a friend. It requires my presence, attention and focus. When nurtured properly, it rewards me with good times and lasting memories, strong relationships, and accomplished goals. This is a relationship that works for me.
  2. My race is my own. I am not in competition with anyone nor am I in competition with myself. I am here. The life that I am working to create is happening now. I must show up and be present in the moment, focusing not solely on building for tomorrow but instead enjoying the fruits of my labor already sown and making daily decisions that lay the groundwork for me to continue to enjoy the life that I envision.
  3. God’s timing has been perfected. I actually have less to do with what happens than I’d like to give myself credit for so I’ll keep putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward with the best intentions and I will allow my faith to tune my ears towards God’s plans for me and then watch Him work…in His time.

I’m stepping into 2018 with great expectation and a renewed understanding that time is in fact on my side. I can’t wait to see what unfolds and you can bet I’ll be enjoying every step of the journey. I hope that you will too.