Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Taming the Crazy-Busy Slice of Life Tuesday

Thanks to Ruth and Stacey for hosting Slice of Life Tuesdays.  You can check their blog for more Slice of Life stories.


I read Brene Brown's Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead last week.  I need constant reminders that being vulnerable isn't a sign of weakness and that striving for perfection is not healthy for me.  So much resonated true  as I read the book.  I came to a halt when I read her term..."crazy-busy."  

"We are a culture of people who've bought into the idea that if we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won't catch up with us."

Wow...was she speaking directly to me?  I am the queen of keeping busy so that I don't have to deal with things that might be wrong in my life.  I could teach classes on how to stay busy to numb yourself from certain harsh realities, whatever they might be.  I tell myself that I should stop, that I need to quiet myself, and the next thing I know, I'm in the middle of being crazy-busy again.  

The last 3 weeks have forced me to quiet myself.  It's given me the opportunity to start over again and try to find my foundation.  I've had a head start on summer break, and learning relearning how to take care of myself is taking precedence.  It feels a little selfish, but I know that if I'm going to be any good to others, I need to have a strong foundation for myself.  

I created a slide show that illustrates how I'm taking care of myself.  I hope it will give others some ideas.  We all need to tame the crazy-busy side of ourselves.  It is then that we can find peace and strength to face our challenges.



Taming My Crazy-Busy Life on PhotoPeach

10 comments:

  1. You have surely struck a chord with me on this one! I too often keep busy rather than deal with life! It sure looks to me like you have used your "time" productively! Your gardens are lovely!

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  2. It's like you are speaking to me. I'm going to check out the book! Cheers to you and enjoy your less busy!! I know I really need to tame the "crazy-busy" life I'm living.

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  3. The truth of our lives catching up with us - that is an interesting thing to ponder. Thanks for sharing your journey towards relaxation and that truth.

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  4. What a lovely group of pictures, Julie. I think you've captured those good things very well. If you live close to walk to those beautiful places, what a gift! I think I might like sitting in one of those adirondack chairs visiting, visiting!

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  5. This was great!!! Loved your gardening pictures...looks like a lot of work...but fun work...and bringing beauty and life to the yard after winter's sleep. Great music too! Looks like you are working on a nice balance...and I hope you are able to continue that. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

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  6. Just lovely - your words and slideshow were just what I needed to hear, Julie! I've already begun loading up my summer - so your words have extra special meaning.

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  7. Such a calming slideshow. So opposite to the term "crazy-busy." I loved the variety of flowerpots. Peace.

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  8. I am resisting the temptation to try and make my own slideshow. Gardening and flowers...my husband would agree. I love the music. We need to teach ourselves again and again how to. xo

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  9. I'm learning being still is an art. I hope all is well with you as you are "relearning how to take care of yourself."

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  10. ooh, I loved the slideshow! The combination of the calming music and the photos of what's really important was very touching. Now I just need to try your advice for myself!

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