Yesterday I received an email inviting me to a healthy living blogger conference next summer. At first glance I was so excited. I love hearing about other bloggers’ experiences going to these conferences, meeting fellow bloggers and learning new tips and tricks of the blogging world. I looked at the date and realized that a good friend will be getting married around the same time. I wondered if the wedding and conference would fall on the same weekend, or if they may be a week apart, so I could attend both.
Then I started thinking that those 2 events would fill up 2 weekends in a month, leaving only 2 weekends remaining. And this was for NEXT year. How can I already be filling up my calendar for 2011? Next year things are supposed to calm down. We’re supposed to have a more relaxed schedule. However, somehow ‘next year’ never happens. Things always stay pretty busy. This led me to think about how I choose to spend my time.
I often get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I think about fall and the holidays. I think they stem back to when I was a kid. Time seemed to pass more slowly then. Fall would leisurely arrive, as would pumpkin carving, Halloween costumes and a Thanksgiving trip to Nannies. Gently fall would pass and Christmas season would be upon us. The Christmas carols, cookies baking in the oven, elaborate garland wrapped around the banisters, present shopping and all the cheer that came with it would emerge. We’d watch Christmas movies, go visit Santa at the mall, wrap gifts, play with the train around the tree, and spend time as a family. School would let us out for Christmas break, and those 2 weeks would stretch on forever. In a good way.
I love all the warm feelings and memories I have, but now I’m left wondering why the season doesn’t last as long nowadays. It’s almost November. I rushed to carve a pumpkin the other day for fear that Halloween would pass me by before I got a chance to do so. I am anxiously awaiting word on when Hubbs’ work Christmas party will be so I can make sure I work it into the December calendar and still have time for all the other friends and family I want to see. I also want to decorate the Christmas tree, try new Christmas recipes, find time to snuggle by the fire and watch ELF with Hubbs. Of course I want to make sure I also keep up with my running, continue to move forward with the company and squeeze in time to take Koda to the dog park. All of these things I feel like I need to go ahead and mark on the calendar, otherwise I feel like the Christmas season will fly by before I have a chance to check them all off my list.
Why does the season pass by so quickly now? How was it that I had so much more time to do all the wonderful holiday traditions back in the days when I didn’t even have an organized calendar to make sure I could fit it all in?
Bottom line? I feel overbooked. And the sad thing is, I still feel like I don’t see my friends or family nearly as often as I’d like, nor do I have time to do all the things I want to do with Hubbs. So what am I so gosh darn busy doing? Why is the time passing so quickly? How am I booked every weekend and still not having the time to do all the things I want and need to do
AHHH. Someone make the world stop turning for one second. Puh-lease.
This leads me to the conclusion that time must speed up and we grow up. I remember days being longer a few years ago… where did those extra hours go? And can I get them back?
In my striving to live a healthy life (in mind, body & soul), how I spend my time has a great impact on the quality of my life. Am I the only one that feels like the time flies by? Do I just need a good lesson in time management? Ugh. Even that phrase – time management – sounds exhausting. I don’t want to structure and schedule my time… I just want to live it. And have time to do all the wonderful things that one is supposed to do during the holiday season.
I guess this is more of a introspective rant rather than a post that has a dramatic and insightful conclusion.
Maybe I just want to know that I’m not the only one who struggles with this?
What about you? Do you have time to do everything you want to do? How do you manage your time?