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December 07, 2013

Inspired to Slow Down

December 07, 2013

I am a person who tends to say yes. A lot. All the things! I will do them! I've spent the past few years working pretty much full time while also getting my Master's. I start out reading one book and after a period of time somehow end up with five on my nightstand. I try to convince myself that I can work all day and also make progress on three personal projects at night. And not be exhausted.

When I graduated this year, I thought I would end up with a ton of free time (a prospect I was very excited about). Instead, I found myself saying yes to many new, fun projects. And, since I can only do so much, I've had to make compromises in all directions, including compromises on how much time I have for reflection and self care. As of late, the answer has been 'not much.' 

Instead of a New Year's resolution, at the beginning of a new year, I like to pick a word that I'd like the year to embody. A word to use as a personal mantra. A guiding light. A simple reminder. This year, my word was play. I sought to enjoy work and life, to play, to experiment, to laugh and bring a gentle levity to the present. I haven't always been perfect, but I'm not striving for perfect. I'm striving for practice.

I haven't quite landed on 2014's word yet, but one word I'm considering is 'space.' Giving more space to my life, to my schedule, to the time I spend with friends and family, to slow down and reflect. To take time for rest and rejuvenation. I need a lot of practice at this. 

So my inspiration board centers around space, nature, yoga (my ultimate mindfulness cultivator), friendship, creating, simplifying, and letting go. 

See the full board here

This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox
Today’s prompt: What do you want your life (or your kitchen, your job, your ____) to look like? Create your own inspiration board.

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