Embracing a Slower Pace of Life
A Slower Pace of Life
With almost a month since my last post, there's a lot of things that have been going on lately, from buying our first home together and starting a new job. Quite honestly, it's been refreshing not spending my weekends writing and planning content, but rather enjoying a slower pace of life. It got me to thinking, writing here had become a chore rather than a joy. I had lost touch of who I was writing for and why. The answer of course at it's centre, is me. I write for myself, to share my adventures and daily joys in those tiny moments. The little things.
Finding myself losing sight of everything in the online world, my 'goals' were becoming a burden instead of an aspiration. I deleted Twitter and Facebook off my phone, caught up in the frustration of everything online constantly competing for attention. Endlessly scrolling through various social platforms, trying to play catch up with a world that simply isn't real.
It got me to thinking about my own content and direction and whether I'd call it a day. I've been blogging for over seven years, sharing my life online. Yet, somehow it all feels disjointed against caring too much about hitting the next big target, instead of focusing on what I really want to do - live.
It isn't something I often talk about, but lately I've been attending CBT sessions as a means of seeking help with my mental health. After several months of therapy and discussions around core beliefs and values, I realise that I have spent so long trying to please everyone else, that I was losing sight of my own happiness. In reflection of this, I'm working hard on being kinder to myself.
Taking Time to Pause
I've found a new respect for listening to my body when it needs to slow down. When I need to rest. That the world can't be changed in a day and those shelves definitely do not need to be hung up at 2am. It got me to thinking about why I began writing The Little Things and the real meaning behind it.
The answer of course, was to focus on those little moments in life that remind me to pause. To take a deep breath and smell the roses, quite literally. My happiest memories have always been around travel, both big adventures and small. The moments that make every day an adventure worth living. From walking beneath the blossom trees in my home city of Edinburgh, to being welcomed into a secluded Buddhist temple on the other side of the world in Tokyo. The real life experiences and stories from people you meet along the way. Not just what you see on Instagram.
I was tired of running around trying to 'make the most' of living life, when in actual fact I was losing sight of the true enjoyment of every moment. In an effort to slow things down I'm making peace with myself along the way and I've found myself to be the happiest I've been in a long time.
I do hope you'll stay around for the journey with me in embracing a slower pace of life and enjoying - the little things.