Appreciating Today

We’re officially in the month of July, but all I can seem to think about right now is autumn and the luxuries that come with it. I’m already anticipating the next season: fall, the crisp weather, and all of the plans I have for my art and the growth of my business. Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer time, but it is often so busy and flies by before we’re even able to take a second glance. Catching up with friends and family warms my heart in the best of ways and the summertime is always a great opportunity to do all sorts of fun social activities. As an empath and naturally introverted person, however, I rather enjoy the quiet months the most. The summer can tend to be over-stimulating for me and I’ve found it important to schedule some alone time where I can enjoy my own company and work on the things that will promote personal and professional growth. Time is the key and I just wanted to touch base on why it’s important for us to start doing this today.

Here’s a small example – Jonahon and I had the honor of joining a marriage ceremony of two of our childhood friends on Saturday. It reminded me of just how fast time flies. We’ve been married for over 6 years now and we’re at the point where we are starting to see some of our friends catching up to us now. We got married very young, but when you know, you know. It brought back so many memories over the past 10 years and I was reminded that those 10 years have flashed before my eyes. For a large portion of those years, I had been wrapped up in planning for the future and mapping out my life and goals. I was so caught up in the future that I had forgotten about the present. Most of the plans I made back then never even manifested in the future because plans change.

My point is, time is something we always feel like we have so much of, but yet still seems to disappear faster than we realize. That is why this week, I’m doing all I can to appreciate today for what it is and to be thankful for today. With Independence Day weekend coming up, most people are doing the opposite; planning all the cook-outs, bbqs, fireworks, camping & boating adventures, etc. It’s a busy time and a busy week for many that’s why I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to focus on being more centered and appreciative with where I’m at in the present moment.

It’s in our nature to always want more and to keep anticipating “the next best thing” instead of taking a step back and appreciating our current blessings. That’s what is going to be my focus this week as I plan for the remainder of summer and heading into the coming months. I challenge you all to be more present with me. Being aware of the present moment with a grateful heart is what is going to improve our outlook on the moments to come.

This may seem like an obvious topic that comes off as a no-brainer, but I really hope that it’s served you all as a good reminder. Chase your dreams, work on your goals, and plan for the next season, but don’t forget to stop and appreciate where you are today. Time alters for no one and I hope this simply helps you to remember to make the most of each small moment. Have a great week, friends.

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