Slow living in the fast lane

Hey people! The last couple weeks here have been busy. I have had plenty of computer work to do and many things to get into motion. All my different projects seem to all align right now and suddenly everything needs to be done at the same time. I don’t mind though, I usually work best under pressure and all the things I have to do – I have chosen. There’s a big difference in how you approach work that you have chosen and work that you have been assigned.

The hard thing about only doing things that are fun is that it easily consumes all your time. Working late at night, early in the morning and working while making dinner is suddenly not a pain in the ass – it’s fun. And once you get going in the fast lane, people tend to put all sorts of pressure on you. I hear it all the time, the insinuations that I should work 24/7 and never take a day off. And sure, that’s also one way to do it. But that way is not for me.

Even though I have plenty of things to do and have grand plans for my projects – I live slow. To me, living slow means taking time to think about what I am doing and where I am going. To reflect and analyze. Are the projects I get into worth the time? Am I doing this because it’s something I want to do, or is it something other people think I should do? Are my efforts taking me closer to my goals?

To me, slow living also means taking time to appreciate everyday life.

To be present in the moments I spend with my family and my friends. It means I stop and play with Erik, even though I have tons of things to do. I choose to pick him up a little earlier from daycare, so we can pick raspberries in the afternoon or head out into the forest.

I love my busy schedule and that I have plenty of things to do and goals to achieve. But I would never be able to do it if I didn’t live slow. Picking strawberries on a monday afternoon is what gives me the energy to work a little extra. Spending more time with Erik, being present in our everyday life, is what motivates me to push my goals a little further. Without a little Yin there would be no Yang. Without stillness there would never be movement.

Some people dream of a big car, a luxurious house, flat screen tvs, new gadgets, expensive clothes and more money in the bank. I dream of mountaintops and waking up in a tent on a monday. About sleeping in just because I feel like it, having time to read another book and play an extra round of pirates with my son. I dream about a house filled with laughter, conversations about life and plenty of love. That, and always having time for a cup of coffee with a friend.

Put one foot infront of the other. Stop, look up, reflect. How does it feel? Are you happy? Is anything hurting – in your body or in your heart? Look for your goal. Then start walking again. One foot infront of the other. Look at the flowers that line your way. See how the wind catches the leaves in the trees. Listen to the birds sing. Look people in the eye. Be true to yourself.

Find Your reason to keep walking. ♡

Best snack after daycare is picking strawberries in our own yard. Spending time with him and being a happy mom is so much of my reason to keep walking.  Playing pirates out in the forest while picking a little blueberries. We spent probably 50 minutes out here in total, but those 50 minutes give me energy for the whole week. 

Always having time for a cup of coffee with a friend. That’s one thing that always goes into my calendar. 

One Reply to “Slow living in the fast lane”

  1. So healthy thoughts and lovely photos :*

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