18 May 2012

four things Friday from Much Love, Illy

First and foremost, many thanks to Ilene over at Much Love, Illy for allowing me to share her thoughts and musings with y'all today.  I related to them so much that I thought my blog friends might get something out of it all, as well.  Confession: Illy didn't list them as "four things," but her points did break down nicely into four things (well, eight things...), so there.  :)

Enough from me... enjoy this mini guest post from Ilene!

"I have always, essentially, been waiting. Waiting to become something else, waiting to be that person I always thought I was on the verge of becoming, waiting for that life I thought I would have. In my head, I was always one step away. In high school, I was biding my time until I could become the college version of myself, the one my mind could see so clearly. In college, the post-college “adult” person was always looming in front of me, smarter, stronger, more organized. Then the married person, then the person I’d become when we have kids. For twenty years, literally, I have waited to become the thin version of myself, because that’s when life will really begin. And through all that waiting, here I am. My life is passing, day by day, and I am waiting for it to start. I am waiting for that time, that person, that event when my life will finally begin."
- Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

The thought behind this quote has come across my mind more than a few times the past couple of months. Life seems to be one long waiting line sometimes, doesn't it? If you aren't waiting for one thing, you are waiting for another. And then life goes by so quickly--and then what ...?

Lately, I have really wanted to make it a goal to savor each day--not to worry about tomorrow. Not to freak out over the upcoming week. But to really savor the day that I have been given - and that I savor the time with my family, friends or whoever i may come into contact with. and that might even mean ... {four things}:
  1. turning the phone on silent
  2. switching the TV off
  3. putting aside that magazine
  4. delaying a blog post

... and instead savoring that moment in life by ... {four things}:
  1. making a Sonic Run with the sister
  2. drinking my morning coffee with Mom
  3. stopping to smell the roses (not literally though since it causes allergies for moi) 
  4. putting that to-do list down and blasting the music to dance in the kitchen.

This is not easy for me, especially since I'm a planner. But I'm trying.

much love,

Thanks again for the share, Illy!  Here's to savoring a wonderful weekend.


  1. I think we all know this we just need to be reminded of it constantly! Photography and service are two great ways for me to get out of my head put the to do list down and live in the moment. Great post!


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