Life comes in seasons

Lately, I bounce from one project to the next like a human pinball, but I'm learning that life comes in seasons. Although I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Lately I’m finding it hard to focus. I bounce from one project to the next like a human pinball. Last fall I could sit at my computer and write for hours. It felt so good to be lost in the words. Today, I’m finding it hard to sit still, even as I type this. There are so many things I want to be doing…

Finish the crochet projects I’ve started.

Tackle my TBR pile.

Sew a cocktail dress.

Bake chocolate cookies.

Draw in my new notebook.

Shop all the sales.

But, I can only do one thing at a time.

There was a time I would be angry at myself if I wasn’t blogging 4-5 times a week and leaving comments every day. But, I can’t be angry with myself today. I’m learning that life comes in seasons. The season for blogging will come again, but for right now, I want to be doing anything other than sitting at my computer.

It’s not always easy to recognize the season you are in. When I was a figure skater, I thought I would be one forever. When I was a movie extra and a soldier and a teacher, I thought the same thing. Life is full of changes.

I enjoy re-watching this TED Talk by Dan Gilbert, which is full of nuggets of wisdom about happiness. It’s a great reminder that happiness can come in all seasons of life. Missed opportunities, failure, and even prison cannot rob you of happiness if you choose to look for the good and accept the season of life you are in.

It's funny to think that too many choices can make you unhappy, but isn't that the problem with FOMO?Click To Tweet That fear distracting you from your present life as you worry about what you’re missing someplace else. That fear can eat you alive. That fear can turn you into a human pinball.

Today, I walked in my city’s Memorial Day Parade. I chatted with an eight year old about school, wasps, and tennis shoes. I came home and baked cookies. I’m choosing to live in the moment. But, I still can’t help wondering about what tomorrow will bring.

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36 comments

  1. I totally understand what you are saying, Ashley. I’ve been struggling to keep up with my blog schedule since I’ve been on vacation and instead of blogging in paradise I decided to take a much-needed break. Life totally comes in season. I hope you get to bake some chocolate cookies soon 🙂

  2. Yes! I bounce back and forth in seasons like this and it can be frustrating at times. I loved reading your thoughts about it and it’s encouraging to know I’m not the only one who struggles with it.

  3. So true. Good luck as you focus on the other parts of your life, but know too that we do look forward to hearing from you with posts when you do get the chance.

  4. OH MY GOSH… YASSSS!! Ashley, you totally get me. This is exactly how I’ve been feeling lately. I even told my family this weekend that I hate that my desk faces a wall, I don’t like facing a wall, I don’t like sitting and facing a wall. I’d rather stand and paint, doodle, soak in sun, and so many other things. I feel so antsy lately…
    I’m going to listen to the TEDTalk 🙂 Thanks!
    XO
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  5. FOMO is the worst, and it’s something I struggle with as well. I’m always a planner and thinking forward, so being in the moment is a challenge, even if it’s a moment that I planned for in advance. Oh, the irony.

    Thanks for the reminder that life comes in seasons, and it’s okay to bounce around. It happens. Maybe the moving from one thing to another is what’ll help you focus in on something down the road. Sometimes I just have to accept where my head is at and do the things that work in that moment, even if it’s just a little bit here and there of a zillion different things.

    Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com
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  6. Yes, it is so important to turn off the distractions. I have been doing that more, especially on the weekend. There is so much to be enjoyed every day and it is easy to miss those moments…

  7. Great advice, because honestly… blogging work is NEVER done, so unless you take a break you’ll miss out on a lot around you. I’ve been wanting to bake chocolate chip cookies lately, I need to do that soon!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  8. I baked chocolate chip cookies today!
    I really do think of life in seasons. Things come back around, if they’re meant to!

  9. I used to stress about the community management piece and the frequency of my posts but I gave myself a break…you can only do so much. I feel you on this and your loyalists will always stay in touch with you!

  10. FOMO can for sure cause anxiety IRL and in blogging:( Just do what you need to do. Living life to the fullest should always be a priority:)

  11. I definitely believe that life certainly comes in seasons. I felt very differently a couple months ago about blogging than I do right now, but I also have been blogging long enough to know that could change come June. That’s life and it’s good to understand how life works. I think you have a great handle on it.
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  12. “Missed opportunities, failure, and even prison cannot rob you of happiness if you choose to look for the good and accept the season of life you are in.”

    I love that! Such a great reminder. Happiness is definitely a choice.
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