The Little Things

Life has a funny way of mixing in highs and lows simultaneously, it's your choice on how to handle it.

This month I’ve celebrated several of life’s highs: my first podcast interview was released, I got a PUPPY, I trained a new employee, sold a house (I dabble in real estate too), and settled in beautifully to my new studio apartment. 

 World, meet my new puppy, Tansy!

World, meet my new puppy, Tansy!

I’ve also learned from some of life’s low moments. My very active Grandpa Bob had a stroke and now can't use his left arm or leg. I keep regretting how I kept putting him off, not taking our weekend kayak trip we'd been talking about for two years. He invited me plenty of times, I just never made it a priority. There was always work to be done, a trip to take, a friend to visit.

I honestly thought I was cured of living a life of regret after all my brother's health scares. He had several out-of-nowhere medical emergencies and literally died twice, but was revived without any brain damage. (But that's a whole novel by itself!) Don't worry, he is now happily married, in school, and living his life normally. 

It's so easy to let little things on my check-list take priority over the REAL priorities in my life. I've sat down on several occasions to intentionally plan my schedule around the nonnegotiable people and joys that get buried under the messiness of running a business. But even after all that, I managed to put Grandpa Bob behind other priorities, behind my big picture goals. And now he's had a stroke. I'm filled with regret for not making time to go on the adventure we had planned. We may have missed our chance to go on that kayaking camping trip. 

 I took off work this time last year and rushed to launch my kayak while G-Bob was paddling past me on the tail end of his 700 mile month long solo trip from the top of Alabama to the bottom! After 45 minutes of intense paddling I had to call a friend to save me and pick me and my kayak up... I couldn't keep up and was slowing him down! Talk about depressing, I can't keep pace with a senior citizen…

I took off work this time last year and rushed to launch my kayak while G-Bob was paddling past me on the tail end of his 700 mile month long solo trip from the top of Alabama to the bottom! After 45 minutes of intense paddling I had to call a friend to save me and pick me and my kayak up... I couldn't keep up and was slowing him down! Talk about depressing, I can't keep pace with a senior citizen…

All this is to say that while making your big plans don't get so bogged down that you forget those who truly matter. So far I've been blessed with losing very few people close to me... Maybe this is a lesson that is relearned throughout life.

Take a few minutes to sit down and think about the people who matter most in your life. Assess how your calendar aligns not only with your big life and work goals, but also with your priority people. 

Make time today to go love on and enjoy life with your family whether biological or chosen. Carpe' Diem with your loved ones!