Busyness & Gratitude

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Busyness & Gratitude

I ran into a friend at the grocery store today and she asked me how I was doing. “Busy” I said, because it is my standard reply.

And it’s true, I am very busy.

But…busy in a good way. I like staying busy. But that hasn’t always been the case.

I started thinking about the concept of busyness this week after reading a post from one of my favorite bloggers on Facebook- Tales of an Educated Debutante. Adrian talked about how we all complain about being busy, busy, busy and how it can often weigh you down. She thought that maybe if we try to be more intentional about the things we do then we might find a little more joy in life!

So, let me be clear: I am very busy. But those things I am so very busy with bring me joy. I like running my kids to their activities after school…because those activities bring them joy. Attending class programs, parties, and events because my kids enjoy me being present brings me joy. I like making cupcakes for a friend’s birthday because I enjoy baking- it brings me joy. Those things that I do each day that cause my “busyness” all bring me joy.

Busyness has gotten a bad reputation. I think the most important question to ask yourself when it comes to “busyness” is: Do these things I’m so busy with make me happy or miserable? If it’s miserable, then maybe it’s time to make some changes. I had to learn this the hard way. For many of the last few years, I found myself saying “yes” to too many things that did not bring me joy. I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions, but for some reason this year I made one: To do more of what makes me happy.

So…this week I’m thankful for:

  • family visiting from out of state…spending time with them is good to my soul.
  • travel planning for the summer…I have a pretty bad case of wanderlust.
  • my blog and all my new blogging friends…and the excitement and passion it has created in me.
  • sweet friends…because they are my safe place and my tribe allows me to be vulnerable.
  • my children’s teachers…because I know they are surely feeling the busyness of this time of year.

And…I’m also thankful for my busyness.

For me, busyness and gratitude…these things go hand in hand.

What are you thankful for this week? Let me know what y’all think!

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29 Comments

  1. Oh I am SO thankful for teachers at this time of year. I know it has to be hard with kids getting squirrely at the end of the school year!

  2. The point you make in this post is so important. Are you being busy just to be busy or are you being intentional and your business has purpose. Too many people often are busy and can’t even say what they are doing. I’m happy and grateful for a week that has been fully scheduled but also had enough time to rest in between.

  3. I love this! I like when i’m busy with things that make me happy. It’s great to look forward to someone and to have a week or a weekend just full of fun activities, like this coming weekend.

    -Lauren

  4. Agreed. I actually thrive when I’m busy, and enjoy it. If I have nothing to do or look forward to, I’m not as happy.

  5. This is a great post really good read. Points made in this post are important. Look forward to reading more of your work.

  6. Your positivity really comes through in your writing – good busy is wonderful – the other kind, not so. I’m also slowly learning to say no to things I do t enjoy ?

  7. You know, in all honesty, we are also crazy busy, but I’ve tried to stop using that word because people are tired of hearing it. So, when I can, I replace it with the word “full”. My life is full of things I LOVE to do (which is very similar to your list?). And when people ask how I’m doing, rather than saying “busy”, I just say great (even if I’m drowning and it may have a l’il sarcastic tone to it!?

  8. I think busyness has gotten a bad reputation because people usually used it as an excuse for not calling or keeping some promises they made.
    I used to be busy for many years of my life but lately I could afford not to. I’m not at all busy at this time of my life and I love it.

  9. You hit the nail on the head, sister. Busy doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but it does kind of have this negative connotation to it, doesn’t it? Let’s face it, everyone is busy living life (and hopefully enjoying it too!).

    Have a great week hun. Xo

    1. I too am grateful for good health! It’s certainly something I don’t take for granted.

  10. I read one more post earlier regarding gratitude, i guess it’s my word of the day! I feel so grateful for everything today but most of all for being healthy and surrounded by my loved ones. A, and for the great weather here in Greece, Spring is so beautiful right now!
    Helene // Beautiful Is My Attire

    1. I love reading (and writing!) about gratitude!! Always a great reminder of how lucky I am:)