A recent weekend consisted of getting a new puppy, a Chicago concert, a dance troupe pool party with Bebe, birthday party planning, helping Nate with his Lion King role, writing a blog, calls and messages to loads of team members who made magic in their businesses in August, filming a video to welcome our new Australian team and starting to plan a bar mitzvah in Israel.
Some may think I’m crazy. Hell, sometimes I think I’m crazy. I have a very full plate, and I keep adding to it. But here’s why I’m not crazy.
I spent a whole lot of years living my life according to “shoulds.” Law school, practicing law, the second half of my PR career. And then I spent several years working my booty off so that I could say goodbye to the shoulds and hello to doing the things I really wanted. And because I’ve also worked hard at identifying and serving my priorities, I’m saying “No” a lot, which makes it possible to do more of the things I love.
I hear all the time from people who lament that they don’t have time for the things they really want. And my answer is always the same: “What can you cut out of your life to make time for the things that are important to you? What things are you doing because you think you should or you’ll disappoint someone if you don’t, or people will judge you or it’s easier than spending time on the hard stuff that’s going to change your life?”
Now I’ll readily admit that the next two months will be, well, a bit crazy. But I’ve made sure that every single thing I’m taking on is serving my key priorities for the year, my Year of Joy. If your life seems chaotic and out-of-control, and you’re not finding the time for what you want to do and those you love, I encourage you to take inventory of your shoulds. I think you’ll find a lot of things—if you're honest with yourself—that you’ll want to let go of so you can focus on more of the things that bring you closer to your joy.
Romi & John