Don’t forget to live

So, like you, we’re busy.  Busy, busy, busy.  Work- busy. Kids-busy. Social life-busy.  One big bunch of busy buzzing bees.   And I don’t know about you, but I’m a little sick of how busy we are.  Just talking about it is getting boring.


Wah! I don’t have time …

Look around: it’s like a new badge to claim– can you multi-task, what are you missing to be here with me, what else is going on, what? What?  But what are we busy at? Being busy?

I’m not on call. But I feel like I am.  I’ve worked hard at keeping boundaries, doing the job, without being accessible 24/7.  But I still catch myself being one of those people checking emails, responding after hours, and feeling like I can’t ever get caught up. Like trying to stuff 10 pounds of potatoes into a 5 pound sack, the volume just never … slows.

So when I feel the margins of life closing in, I push back and re-assess. Sometimes it takes nothing more than the “mental” escape  a good book can bring. Other times, more drastic action is needed.   So with that, later today, I’m signing off. Shutting down. Hopping  up into the Jeep with my brown-eyed handsome man, cranking up the tunes and headed to points north.  I’m laughing till my sides hurt, kissing my honey, and living in the moment.

vacation next exit

Road trip? Yes!


Make time in your day life for:

  1. Situations that make you laugh, including yourself
  2. People who make you smile
  3. Your favorite foods
  4. Music you want to sing along to
  5. Curling up with a book
  6. Loving on the one you love
  7. Friendship
  8. Good company and conversation
  9. Furry friends
  10. Joy


“In the midst of a busy life don’t forget to live.” ― Marty Rubin

And we might just play this game along the way:


Can you relate? When you feel your margins getting smaller, what do you adjust?


** Thanks to DM for gifting me with the “margins” reference — Now that I think of it, I always used to draw in mine. 🙂




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18 thoughts on “Don’t forget to live

  1. Loved that clip: I’d never seen it before. Those guys are great! I’ll be thinking about you and hubby – enjoying every mile of your trip. Have fun – can’t wait for pics and details!

    • That show was great, not sure if it’s on anymore, but so funny. We had a great little getaway and it was just what we both needed 🙂 MJ

  2. Enjoy your time with your husband! This time is special.

  3. When I think about getting on Facebook I read a book or meditate instead. Just 15 minutes makes a huge difference in the way I feel the rest of the day


    • Yes, sometimes I like to just peruse the postings and other times I need quiet and no technology. Hubbs and I stayed the night at a casino resort and we enjoyed the ding-ding-ding but after a while it was fun to “escape” to our room with a balcony overlooking a waterfall … ahhh~! MJ

  4. WhooooHooooo! Off you go and I can’t wait to hear all about it. 🙂

    • it was a whoo hoo. Mom is still feeling poorly, and that has been a worry, so getting away for a day was a perfect break. MJ

  5. What a funny clip! Love that idea.

    Have a wonderful and relaxing trip. I know several people who wear being totally over-scheduled, like a badge. Because of changing my views of life over the past few years, I cherish and value my down time and time with friends. It is a part of self care and self love, for me.

    • Exactly – even on the weekends, I like to have one “out” day where we are out & about, and another where I am home and in the quiet, and yes, part of self-care and oh so necessary. MJ

  6. Happy Road-trip…Happy Livin!

    • It was fun, saw some trees starting to change color already (!) and great people watching. Had a lot of laughs with Hubbs and saw him relax, too. We both slept GREAT – that doesn’t always happen in a hotel room. MJ

  7. Good for you! Have fun! Wayne Brady is hilarious. I set my phone alarm to watch that show this evening. My hubby’s away and I’m just chillin.’

  8. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Sometimes just getting away a day or two can be great. Glad you and your hubby had a good trip.

    • You’re right, and we did – thank you! Yesterday he commented that “you know you’re on vacation when you wake up and aren’t sure which day it is.” MJ

  9. I can relate!

    When I hit the breaking point, it helps to take a walk, read a book, and ignore the chores … just for a while.

    Hope you had a great vacation!

    • Yes! Disconnecting and getting outside is a big one for me — did so last night. Grands came by for a quick swim and it was fun to set down the dish towel and play for a while 🙂 Vacation went by in the blink of an eye but it was nice- cheers~! MJ

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