Do you ever feel like a professional juggler, trying to keep too many balls in the air? If you’ve had a crazy year and are resolving to make the summer more relaxed, here are a few things that have helped me when I feel like I’m doing too much.
I loved Spread Too Thin: Opting Out of Frantic Living. Opting In to Lasting Peace, a 90 day devotional by Ellen Miller (thank you, Tyndale, for the advanced copy, which I was slow to read since I’m spread too thin!) This is a wonderful book for anyone who feels too busy to enjoy God’s grace and abundance. Miller writes from a personal and relatable place (plus, she’s funny.) I felt myself nodding in agreement as I read the text. Each day gives a short and sweet reading to remind you that it’s easy to get lost in busyness. It’s a perfect book for if you’re battling schedule stress and want to find a new approach to living.
I’ve been loving Peace and Calming Oil straight out of the bottle. I carry it to smell when I’m feeling anxious and I think it helps me sleep better too. It’s a mix of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. It’s the closest thing I can find to the Aveda scent, which I’ve always loved. I’m also diffusing a Bergamot/Lavender mix, which smells terrific. It makes me stop and smell the roses (well, citrus and lavender at least!)
One of the most impactful books I’ve ever read is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I first read it when it came out in 1989 and I still use the lessons today. It helps you figure out what’s important and how you do it more efficiently and effectively.
One of the most helpful things I do when I have too many things on my plate is to ask myself what things will matter a year from now. Most things really won’t matter in the long term and they don’t always need to be done (or not done to perfection at any rate.) I like to remind myself that done is better than perfect! I also live by the rule that if it can be done is less than five minutes, it should be done immediately. That way, my head is not filled with crazy long to do lists.
I hope you find some time to relax this summer and that you are not spread too thin!
Nordstrom just dropped the catalogue for the Anniversary sale starting online on July 12 for cardholders. I need Chelsea boots, jeans, and a black vegan moto jacket. Are you planning any purchases?