Remember That Life is a Journey.

December 19, 2018

Remember That Life is a Journey.

I think we spend a lot of time asking ourselves—what’s next? 

We worry about that question and often forget to take a moment to look back and realize all the growth we have done. It’s great to have goals and think about the future, but you know what’s better than the future? The now. 

No matter what season of life you are in right now, you are in the right place. If you feel lonely, if you are suffering, if you feel as if it is the end of the world and you do not have enough time in the day to get you where you are going, let me remind you that it will pass and everything is going to be okay. 

I spend a lot of time thinking about what’s next. So much so that even if I am doing everything I possibly can, I think it’s not enough. I start to get overwhelmed. I think about all the things I didn’t get to, the things I said I would do, the lists and goals and everything I set up for myself in my head and I wasn’t able to cross something off the list. Spiral thoughts. Sound familiar? 

The Finish Line Syndrome. 

This year I spent a lot of time building big goals and figuring out how to achieve them without realizing how big I made them. I suffer from something I like to call The Finish Line. I run myself to the ground trying to run my own race without handing the baton to someone for help or taking a break. I look for the Finish Line. I wait for my reward at the end, instead of looking back to see what I’ve accomplished so far. I know, I’m like a dog waiting for my treat.

I realized this on my way to LA this year. Hoping to cross a certain finish line I had in mind. What I found was that I was on my way to greatness and was able to see a stepping stone that would continue to unveil throughout the rest of my life. But the way back home, I reminded myself of everything I had done so far this year. And man that list was long. I had accomplished things that weren’t even on my list to begin with. I was overachieving. 

Have you gone back and thought about that for yourself?

Before you start making another checklist for the year, stop and write down every accomplishment little or big that you did this year. I guarantee that list will be longer than you expect. 

So when you start to feel overwhelmed and looking to cross off something from your list, take a step back and write down everything you’ve done. It will give you the same satisfaction as crossing that one thing off and you’ll have way more things to feel grateful for. 

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Founder and creator of Find A Lovely Life. An old soul with the heart of a child, trying to remind everyone how lovely they are. On any given day, she probably has her nose stuck in a book or she's laughing at her own joke. Her patronus is a dolphin and her dog is named Jude.

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