Where I'm Spending My Energy In 2018
A couple of weeks ago I read this post by the ever-babin' Chloe and it really struck a chord with me. In our super busy world, it can often feel like we're getting pulled in a million different directions, and reading Chloe's post was the wake up call I needed. Suddenly, I couldn't stop thinking about where I was spending my energy and why. I realised that I was wasting a lot of it worrying about things outside of my control, or comparing my progress to others. And so a couple of weeks ago I drew up a plan of where I want to spend more of my energy in 2018, and where I'd like to spend a lot less.
Spending more time with our families - Sam and I are very lucky in that we don't only love our families, but we happen to really like them too! They're our favourite people to hang out with, and this year I want to spend even more time enjoying their company. We have two holidays booked with my family which is a good start, and I can't wait for lots more time hanging out with our little nephew too.
Growing my business - I already spend a lot of time and energy on this little blog, but I want 2018 to be the year I start putting that energy to better use. I want less time spent worrying that my blog is crap or that I'm falling behind, and more time creating content I love, working with brands that inspire me and building a real community that I can be proud of.
Focussing on my health - The past few years have been intense, filled with super exciting things, like getting married and starting a new job, and really crap stuff, like coming to terms with loss and intense grief. Amongst all that, both my physical and mental health has taken a bit of a backseat, and this year, I want to change that. I won't be doing anything radical, just eating a little better, moving more and making sure I get enough sleep.
My relationships - Last but by no means least, I want to dedicate more or of my time and energy this year to my relationships. I have the most wonderful people in my life, from my lovely husband to my brilliant friends, and I have to admit that sometimes I get so caught up in work or life stresses that I don't always make as much effort as I could. I want to change that this year - because it's people who make a life, not promotions or savings or accolades.
Comparing myself to others - I think this is something that we're all guilty of, but the older I get, the more I realise it really is the most damaging and limiting thing we can do to ourselves. Each of us is unique and and wonderful in our own way, and our journeys are all totally different, and that's something I want to remember more regularly this year.
Saying yes to things I want to say no to - As a class A people pleaser, I find myself saying yes to things I'd much rather say no to about 10 times a week. This year I want to learn how to stop doing that - hopefully it will make me a happier person, and also free up some more time and energy for the things that are more important to me.
Worrying - Okay, so this one is definitely proving to be the most difficult, but this year I really want to spend less time worrying. I read a quote recently that really struck a chord with me - "worry never robs tomorrow of it's sorrows, it only saps today of it's joy" and it's so true. Worrying doesn't do anything other than cause extra distress, so I want to give it less of my energy this year.
So there you have it - a little rundown of where I'm spending my energy this year. What would you like to spend more or less energy on in 2018?