Today I have been running around like crazy. I feel like I have a million things to do before June takes off – my craziest month of the year. And, this is my last day to do it all before I leave to go out of town for almost a week! Today specifically I’ve been battling what is Urgent v. what is Important, trying to prioritize the things that really matter. Sometimes that’s just really hard. There’s too much on my plate and not enough time to get them all done.

I was running on the greenway the other day, listening to Michael Hyatt‘s podcast (great running material!), and he said something that really stood out to me:

“You cannot simultaneously be grateful and frustrated.”

That hit me like a ton of bricks. I even stopped and recorded it on my phone. Yes, I am so grateful for my life, for my Lord, for my sweet husband, my business, my health… the list goes on and on. I even keep a gratitude journal, listing the things I’m thankful for each morning. BUT, I get frustrated easily. I get stressed easily. And when you really stop to think about it, those things don’t go together.

I asked myself, When I picture a grateful person, is he/she frustrated or peaceful?

So when I was riding around in my car today doing errands, I was really frustrated. I was trying to take care of some important things in my life (like notarizing our wills, for example), and a stack of urgent things were waiting for me on my desk and in my inbox. How could I possibly do it all?  Then, I listened to this quote again. I took a deep breath, and I chose gratitude. I started focusing on all the good things that I had accomplished today, not the things I failed to do. I focused on the gifts that I do have, not the things I lack. And sure enough, my stress and frustration began to slip away. I sat up straight, took another deep breath, and decided to do my very best with what I had, and choose to be grateful for it.

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It’s so easy to get frustrated and stressed out. What you did was very brave, to face the ‘bad’ feeling and saying NO to it’s face! Way to go!!!! Very inspiring!!!

This post could not have been more perfectly timed! Can I tell you that I was running around like a crazy person today, too? I am leaving my house at 5 am tomorrow to go to a conference in Toronto, trying to get everything ready, tearing through boxes we still haven’t unpacked from our move, looking for things I need to take, all in a house with no air conditioning in 90-degree heat. I just now sat down to take a break from the craziness, and your post was the first thing I read!

I’m taking my first deep breaths of the day, thinking about how lucky I am to be embarking on an adventure early tomorrow morning, and choosing peace and contentment this evening. Thanks, lovely! :) Best wishes for your crazy month. You’re going to be amazing and do it all with such grace, I know it!

Hello again Nancy.

Love these Thursday posts. I relate, I try to do 847 things in one day too. The good news is the cogs of change are in motion. Your weekly encouragement and leading by example have me slowing down, scheduling less (ie. what can be done, as opposed to what non-existent-super-woman could do), spending even less, reading more. I’m setting better goals, consciously fewer goals, and reminding myself of what I have achieved. Many times I get to the end of my days and think “you’ve achieved nothing!” (usually accompanied by a fair amount of arm flapping), but when I objectively re-count what tasks have been done, it does make me feel better.

Wishing you all the very best for your busiest month of the year. Hope it is a productive and joyful one x

So needed to hear these words in this way. I read Colossians 3:2 this morning and it fits perfectly with this. Focusing on what really matters in a world full of two much busy. Love this girl.

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