I think the biggest lesson of my 20s has been that time will pass quicker than you think. Yes, there’s still 24 hours in a day, but whilst my teen years seemed to drag on – one term at a time – never quite quickly enough, these years have gone by in a flash. One minute it was 2007 and I was just starting University at 21, and now it’s 5 years since I graduated with my degree and I have a business that’s shaped my life for the last 6 years.
I didn’t start with an idea of a future. I started because I needed work and I wanted to be more than a couch potato. There has been a lot of soul searching and making it up as I go along, but by far, the best thing I’ve done is work out what I want. What all of this is working towards. If you got my email over the weekend, or you’ve been reading this blog a long time, you’ll know that I started this so that I could have a calm, heart-filled life. One that starts at home.
It’s about building that foundation, bit-by-bit. Day-by-day. But I had to decide to do it first. I’ve shared before how I got clear about my life, and how it was a game changer. It tells me what that foundation looks like and how I want it to feel. Sometimes it feels a little woo-woo to be so intentional, but I’m learning that it’s much easier to get where you want to go when you at least know where that is.
There’s a famous quote that reminds us that the time will pass anyway. And it’s so true. One minute it’s 2010 and what feels like the next, we’re half way through 2015. Progress isn’t always quick. But it doesn’t mean that it’s not worthwhile. Sometimes it’s the little things, done one at a time that end up making the biggest difference. If we look at the whole picture it’s too big. But just a step or two can make all the difference.
That’s how I’ve been working towards my dream. I love a big dream. Something really worth working towards. But sometimes they feel too big. So I break it down. I try to do just a few simple tasks each week that make things move forward. It really is all about being intentional and doing the little things.
For me that dream is having a happier home. One that has room for laughter and for us to thrive. Time for dinner parties and long bike rides and dancing in the kitchen. Maybe that’s part of your dream too? To have room in your life for making memories and time to really live.
Maybe you’re feeling a bit stuck as to how to make it happen? Through all the busyness and the chaos and the deadlines that can make up modern life. Ask yourself this question I like to think about: What would your happy home look like 5 years from now if you decided today that reducing stress and increasing the happy moments were important to you?
What does that look like? Is it something you want? Now is as good a time as any to start working towards it. My e-course A Happier Home can help you get on track. But even if you want to go it alone, really think about the question and what that looks like for you.
Do you know what you’re working towards?
A Happier Home E-Course is open for registration for round 2! If you’re looking for some help to make your happy home a priority in 2015 with a community of lovely people who have got your back, come join us: Find out more and sign up here. Starts August 3, 2015.