A month into 2020, I sat at the dining room table and thought, "Wow. So much happened in one year." Leading into the new year, I felt exhausted and was having trouble establishing any sort of resolution (or word) for 2020 because everything sounded like so much work. In the past, I used a new year as a chance to refresh my goals and get started once again - so my attitude of "I don't want to do anything in 2020" was surprising.
I felt myself drawn to books about simplicity and slowing down. Two books I read over the holidays included: When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley and The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton. Both books spoke right to my soul about the need to find some peace within the fast pace of life.
Growth is important. Tenacity, persistence and diligence are important. But what I know now is that slowing down and taking inventory are just as important. Recognizing how far you've come, honoring yourself for the work you've completed - you can't leave those steps out.
I thought if I slowed down that I might miss out on an opportunity. I'm a list-maker, an efficient doer and love nothing more than crossing off a line under my to-do list. The brilliance I've learned in slowing down is that it actually helps you make room for more growth. It opens up your mind, it replenishes the holes weariness cut in your heart and sends you back out into the world to continue your journey.
What has slowing down looked like for me? Meditation. Daily meditation. I look forward to that moment of stillness so much every day. It's the one time when I bundle up my swirling thoughts, place them on the shelf and say, "They will wait for me." It's meant less mindless social media scrolling. It's meant not responding to every single text, email and post the minute it comes my way. It's meant starting my morning (before I even open my eyes) with listing three things I'm grateful for today. And it's meant taking a moment to realize how far I've come.
Slowing down no longer feels like I'm losing business momentum or getting lazy. It just means that I need a few moments a day to stop life from passing by in a blur and finally see it's full, colorful beauty.