March 22, 2016

Hello, it’s me! The girl formerly known as The Two Year Honeymoon. If you missed it, you can read all about my new blog name here.

I always feel like I don’t have enough time to do the things I want to do. Then last week as I was scrolling through my social media feeds, I realized that I could have time, if I stopped spending time on the things that don’t mater. The things that weigh me down. The things that I feel like I have to do but don’t actually have to do. The things that everyone else seems to be doing.

I’ve decided that I don’t have time for certain things anymore. I don’t have time for anything that prevents me from focusing on the positive, from helping me pursue my dreams, and from enjoying life. I don’t have time for silly things that aren’t worth my time. I don’t have time to try to be like everyone else. I don’t have time to dwell on anything rooted in anger, worry, or resentment.

I want to use my time, energy, and my one and only life for the things that matter, for the people and things I love, and for finding joy.

Here’s what I just don’t have time for anymore!

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1. Matching socks.

2. Buying things I don’t need.

3. Holding onto grudges.

4. Talking bad about other people.

5. Putting off the things I really want to do.

6. Trying to keep my house looking perfect.

7. Bottling up my emotions.

8. Bad coffee.

9. Checking my phone when I’m with someone.

10. Wondering what other people think.

11. Hate.

12. Constantly being on social media.

13. Anything that involves running.

14. Questioning my gut.

15. Staying up past 9pm during the week.

16. Neglecting my health.

17. Anger.

18. Regrets.

19. Comparing myself to everyone else.

20. Being anything other than myself.

 

Think about all the time and energy I could save, how much more I could enjoy the present, if I let go of all of these things.

What don’t you have time for? What will you do instead?

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PS: That picture is from one of my favorite lookout points in Hawaii, Laie Point. I definitely have time for those views.

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18 responses to “Things I don’t have time for.”

  1. Sara says:

    So many of things on your list are not only time sucks but can mess with your head and emotions as well. I struggle with a couple on that list, especially caring too much about what other people think. Now what could I do with the head space cleared from them? A whole lot.

    • Carolann says:

      That’s how I feel, Sara! Some of the things I was thinking about just waste time, like being on social media or being obsessed with keeping my house perfect. But the real things that take up our time and energy are the things that mess with our mind. I struggle a lot with worrying about what other people are going to think. But I’ve slowly learned to let that go and just do what I’ve gotta do. It’s a work in progress for sure.

  2. Emma says:

    Yes yes yes yes!

  3. Dani says:

    Amen! I am learning so much these days that I would rather put the phone down and enjoy the moment, and I’ve un-followed things/people that make me feel jealous- I think Jealousy is at the top of my list of things I don’t have time for.

    • Carolann says:

      Unfollowing! YES! That should have been on my list! I think that unfollowing anyone that makes us feel bad, jealous, or any negative emotions at all is so important. I’ve unfollowed a couple of people because of this and it really is a huge weight lifted off. Why bother with anyone or anything that makes us feel bad when we really don’t have to?

  4. Isabel says:

    I need to copy and paste this on my wall so I can see the every day. On point Carolann!

    • Carolann says:

      Wow thanks Isabel! I think I need daily reminders myself! It’s hard, it’s a work in progress, but I am really trying to let go of things that just aren’t worth my time, that hold me back. Thanks for your sweet comment.

  5. Sophie says:

    Absolutely! I really need to start doing this, you can be my inspiration for trying to think and act this way more often!

    Sophie 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      Thanks Sophie 😉 I struggle myself… I hope that by putting it all out there I can remind myself too. Maybe if we all work on it together we can really let go of the negativity, the things that just hold us back!

  6. Leanna Cherry says:

    Great list!!! I got another one … Bad food! 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      YES! Some foods are just not worth it! But you and I totally know which ones are!! Where are we going out to dinner in April? Let’s pick someplace amazing.

  7. I’m with you on the not having time for trying to keep my house perfect! There’s just too much stuff going on all the time in order to worry about it! I also love the one about going to bed by 9PM during the week! I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this!

    • Carolann says:

      I just can’t stay up even if I want to! I am so tired and I really need my sleep! And seriously, I’ve learned that it’s better to have a little bit of a mess than to be spending all of my time cleaning. My mom once told my dad that you’re not going to remember the perfect looking house but you will remember going out to dinner for no reason or the nights you stayed up drinking wine and laughing on the couch. I totally believe it.

  8. Dani says:

    “Anything that involves running”- LOL Amen to that! Love everything on this list, especially the phone one. It REALLY bothers me when I’m with someone who’d rather read their phone. Checking is okay, scrolling is not. I try to be present, and I’d appreciate the same in return.

    • Carolann says:

      hahaha! When I was younger, I had two surgeries, one on each of my knees. I haven’t run ever since and I don’t care to! 😉

  9. Holly Jean says:

    Love this list so much!! Especially all the things that have to do with negativity and hate. I just don’t have time for that, either. Life is too short to be negative and look at the bad side of life. Just go out and live life!! 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      I totally agree! If I really could get rid of negative thinking my life would be cleared for so much better things. I’m working on it! But I always try to look at the bright side and I know you do too.

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