03.22.2016

Slowing down and doing.

Hi, friends!

I’m finally getting over the hump fear of starting a blog and instead of dreaming, wishing and planning for it (all in my head), I’m just doing it.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little rusty at this whole writing thing, which may explain why I’ve spent far longer browsing various blog themes, researching the best widgets to use, viewing dozens of blog tutorials, and sorting through every possible font than I’ve actually spent writing anything. 

That said, writing has always been my medium of choice when it comes to expressing myself. 

So, here’s why I started this blog.

I’ve always felt a tension between slowing down and keeping up, but recently, I realized that not only was I moving at the speed of light, but I was unhappy. Life just wasn’t doing it for me. And the worst part was that all of my own baggage and discontent was spilling over into the relationships that mean the most to me. I realized that so many of my ideas, dreams, intentions, and plans were parked in my head. They took a backseat to the diaper changing, dinner making, crumb sweeping, snot wiping, book reading, schedule juggling and work-life balancing that is life right now.

I recently read a book, and then another book (more on those later), enrolled in an online “field course” about discovering your life’s purpose (who knew those even existed!?), and did lots, and lots, and lots of reflection. Conversations with my hubs, journaling, prayer, and even the field course on your life’s purpose….all of those things led me here, to this blog.

My hope is that this blog will be a reminder to myself, and hopefully one day, to other mamas in the thick of life, to slow down, to make space and to be intentional about doing that thing that all-too-often gets stuck in our heads.

Slowing down and “doing” might seem contradictory. But really, they aren’t. In order to do — to really do what fulfills us and makes us whole and fills our spirits — we need to make space. We have to clear out the junk. Unsubscribe. Opt-out. I have learned that my soul depends on this kind of space.

One of my favorite quotes is from Mary Oliver,

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with this one wild and precious life?” tweet

I’ve thought long and hard about what my purpose actually is. What I really plan to do with my life. But the truth is, I am doing life. There’s no start button that you push to signal, “Ok life, I’m ready to start. Let’s do this.” Life doesn’t wait until we reach the perfect balance of connected-ness, whole-ness, enough-ness, or readi-ness.

We are enough from day one. We don’t have to wait.

If I’m ever lucky enough to run into Mary Oliver, this is what I’d tell her: I don’t know what I plan to do with my one wild and precious life. But what I’m doing today is slowing down and doing something.

I’d love for you to come along.

MY HOPE IS THAT THIS BLOG WILL BE A REMINDER TO MYSELF, AND HOPEFULLY ONE DAY, TO OTHER MAMAS IN THE THICK OF LIFE, TO SLOW DOWN, TO MAKE SPACE AND TO BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT DOING THAT THING THAT ALL-TOO-OFTEN GETS STUCK IN OUR HEADS.

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About Erin

I'm a thirty-something, coffee-loving mom of two living in a funky neighborhood in Seattle....all while seeking a balance between keeping up and slowing down.

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