Slowing down to enjoy life by Janalyn Voigt for Creative Worlds

Slowing down to enjoy life

Are you constantly in hurry-too-fast mode but still can’t keep up? I understand the frustration of not having enough time for everything you need or want to do.  If that happens consistently, it introduces long-term stress with attendant health consequences into your life.  Who needs that?

Slowing down to enjoy life.

This is not an impossible feat, although it can feel like one when you’re caught up in a busy lifestyle. Working from home presents special challenges, as I learned the hard way myself. Hyper-focusing on a writing career isn’t sustainable over the long haul for a wife and mother learning to homestead who also spends time on literary travel. (My life is a study in contrasts.)

If only each day came with an extra hour or three, right? You’d finally make it through your overgrown to-do list. Or would you? If you’re  tendencies are anything like mine, with more hours in the day, you’d find more things to schedule. Why is that?

Maybe it’s because we’re fully engaged. There’s nothing wrong with being passionate about life, but enthusiasm at some point needs the filter of practicality. This is another thing I’ve learned in the school of hard knocks, as my father used to say. 

I’d rather let my schedule flow freely, but when I structure my day by the clock, I accomplish more. I also have a better mindset, since the day (usually) hasn’t slipped away from me.  Lately I’ve started following office hours. I didn’t realize how much not separating my writing business from my personal life affecting me until I made this change.

Counting the cost of everything you commit to do helps align your schedule to the amount of time you actually have available.  This helps me plan out particular projects. I’m consciously lightening my load by slowing down my ambitions. That doesn’t mean I won’t attain them, but that I’ll enjoy the journey.  It’s good to take a breath and remind myself that life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to know what I’m working on now, catch my author and book news.

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Janalyn Voigt

As an author I love to escape with readers into creative worlds of fiction in three genres: medieval epic fantasy, historical fiction, and romantic mystery. My aim is to make this website an immersive experience for readers. Care to join us?

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2 thoughts on “Slowing down to enjoy life”

  1. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the journey. I have scheduled time with my grand kids and I love the energy I get knowing that time is on the calendar.

    Now that I am working full time on writing related plans, my biggest challenge is to focus on The One thing. I tend to squirrel and jump on different things and the one thing mentality has slowed me down.

    Thanks for your wisdom and encouragement. I am praying for your loved one.

    1. Thank you, Gigi. I know what you mean about scattering your focus. I’m doing the best I can to focus on one thing at a time, but life seems to have an issue with my doing that. I’m learning to push back so I can accomplish more. Best wishes, and thanks for your prayers. My family member passed on.

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