I love the holidays.
It is undoubtedly my favorite time of year.
I love the Fall, the anticipation, the planning, the buying, the special events, the sharing, the rituals, the memories. I love it all.
But there is too much to do.
Over the next two weeks, my son is in his first community play, I’m organizing the school book fair, there’s Thanksgiving, the week of which the kids have off school. I must start planning Christmas and finish a library book that is so overdue, I should have bought my own copy. It would have been cheaper.
A year ago, I was in a job I hated. And one day, I quit. Just like that.
The tipping point was the holidays. I couldn’t enjoy them because I was doing a job I loathed.
What I was getting in return, did not justify the investment I was making.
I had been trying to solve a problem – getting some career fulfillment and earning an income – in a way that didn’t sustain me.
And I learned that earning a bit of money wasn’t nearly as important as spending time enjoying my family while they were still young.
I can earn money later.
In the course, Question the Rules, they talk about moving your goals closer to you. Rather than the other way around.
Most people have a goal, like move to Hawaii, then they work for forty years to earn enough to be able to do that. The QTR approach is to question whether it’s possible to get the island life. Right now. With some re-prioritization.
I read a blog called Ohana Momma. She and her husband did just that. They reorganized and moved themselves and their two children to Hawaii. They telecommute and visit their families regularly, rejigging it all to making it work for them.
If you can’t get the actual, can you get the essence?
One of my goals is to spend three months of the year in England and while I can’t do all of that right now, I move towards it by getting more ‘English’ in my life. I connect with my English friends via Facebook, I read English books, eat English food and, most importantly, visit regularly for short periods of time.
I’m a huge believer in priorities and focusing on the things that mean the most to me as a way to be fulfilled.
Our choices determine the quality of our lives.
When I wrote about how your top three movies can make you rich and happy, it was about identifying common themes that make up your values. Your priorities.
All of which I get from writing this blog.
But I get them from the holidays too.
And I can’t do it all.
Not without going crazy. And then I don’t enjoy myself. So what is the point? Really.
So I’m going to take the blog down a notch.
Actually about four notches and move to a once a week posting schedule.
And, doggone it, I’m going to finish that darn library book.
What do you want to do this holiday season? Are you on track to get it? Or do you need to reorganize?
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