September 24, 2012
For the past couple weeks I’ve been working on my new product, attending meetings and embracing the overwhelming response to the picture of me and my boys. While I wanted to engage in the organic process as the photo made its way through various pages and blogs, I couldn’t fully because my life was already too occupied. I rarely get on the computer for long durations after the boys are awake and am busy until their bedtime around 7pm. As a freelance writer and business owner, this is difficult of course, because my work requires extreme focus.
My work is usually completed during the two hours before the children awake and the four hours after they go to sleep. This doesn’t include the meetings/errands performed at noontime or the phone calls and emails answered throughout the day. People often wonder “how I do it” and I do it by being efficient when I know I can be and utilizing the power of focus to get incredible amounts of work done in a short period of time.
Naturally, there are sacrifices when leading an excessively busy life. I don’t watch movies often. I rarely turn on the TV. I don’t know who’s the next Bachelor or who won the Emmy’s. I don’t read trilogies or play games on my phone.
When my children are awake, they are my focus. We paint, read, play and cook. We attend my mom-me fitness group and have playdates a couple times a week.
When I workout I train with intensity. I perform drop sets, super sets and plyometrics in-between strength exercises. I check my heart rate every few minutes to ensure it’s at a challenging pace.
When I work, I don’t get distracted by emails, social media or phone calls. I write out a straightforward ‘to do’ list and I swiftly check each box without breaking.
When I play, I let go of work, children and stress by being present in the moment. This past weekend, I was fortunate to spend a “Girls night out” with friends I haven’t seen in a long time. It was an opportunity for me to dress up, unwind and enjoy the thrill of being young and fit.
Life is about living passionately. It’s about focus and doing what you love. I don’t love TV. I love working. I love developing a brand, networking with other people, engaging with older souls, creating an interesting article, traveling the world and connecting with all of you. When you love what you do, when you are at flow with your work and when you are focused in your efforts, you drive results.
I don’t see my life as being busy – I see it as being extremely full of life, full of energy and full of possibilities. I see life as a choice to either go for with extreme force and passion, or sit back and allow it to steamroll you. We are given choices in this life and each one holds a different result. As long as we know what we want, who we are and where we want to go then we can eliminate daily errors by choosing what our instinct tells us. By following our instinct we can live a more efficient life, a more focused life, that is dictated by our dreams and our desires for a future that we are a master of.