So here’s the thing, I hate hearing people talk about how busy they are. Tell me your business is booming, your children are adorable and you just have to love on them all the time, or admit that after your commute, a full date of work, dirty dishes, and post bath/pre bed time child wrangling, all you really want to do is vegetate on the sofa while staring at the wall. In full disclosure, these situations all apply to me and not you dear reader. I think, however, you catch my drift.
But life is full in whatever fashion you are filling your time. For me lately, that has involved a lot of travel. From Williamsburg, VA to NYC to New Orleans, LA to NYC again to Scottsdale, AZ and then Holicong, PA – all in the course of four weeks. It was a whirlwind and it taught me a couple of important lessons:
1. Pack like a minimalist. Not having to check a bag is a crucial time saver and while you do have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce, you do not have her entourage to pack/tote/fetch said bag. So pack a little less and save a little time.
2. Always and forever have a book to read on planes because while I love to go places, my aptitude for thinking rationally while a plane is taking off or hitting excessive turbulence is minimal.
3. Make small talk better. Seriously, please skip the weather and talk about something deeper. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert we can all appreciate a better conversation. I met a lot of people in the last few weeks and without a doubt, the only ones that truly stick out for me do so because I took something away from the conversation – something resonated with me and I appreciate that.
4. If you are like me and you work full time, have a family, are pursuing a passion on the side, and still like to get seven hours of sleep each night, realize that busy seasons will come and go. You will still be on the path to pursuing your dreams but the path might take a little longer for you than others. Just stick to the path – you’ll get there over time even if it takes you a little longer.
5. Write it down. It would be amazing to be able to control time, to just slow down the good stuff and relish it for longer. Until that becomes a possibility, write a note to remember how you felt, what you thought, or just how adorable your child was yesterday. I am trying to document more this year because looking back always helps me appreciate the journey – turbulence and all.