As summer starts to come to an end, people's lives begin to get back into the groove of everyday life. If you're a parent, then the kids are now returning to school and perhaps life is getting a bit "easier." If you're a teacher, it's definitely the other way around. As I've returned to work and am now right back in the swing of things, I had to take a moment to reflect on how incredibly busy I am (hence disappearing from the writing for the past two weeks). Not only am I back to teaching all day, every day, but I am also coaching cross country this year and volunteering with local organizations. Aside from that, of course, I am a mom and wife first and foremost. That alone could take up all my time. So, when is this kind of busy... okay? Honestly? I wish I was less busy. But, what keeps me going is that all that I do is by choice and because I love it. Isn't that what minimalism is all about? Bringing out that which adds value to our life?
Teaching is not just a profession for me. It's my life's calling. Coaching (although I'm new to it) is something that I'm really loving because it is, in essence, an extension of teaching. Volunteering and giving back to my community brings joy and value to my life. Being a mom is the most exhausting of them all, but the sweetest and most amazing thing I get to do. Would I change any of it? No way. That's the beauty of choosing to live a more intentional life. It is about choosing deliberately what will take up our time and avoiding letting life happen to us by chance.
What can you intentionally cut out of your life today? What could you add that brings value to it? Are you living mindfully?