a challenge

Don't think I don't notice it: the rushing; the planner filled to bursting with todos, half of them unnecessary; the sorry I've just been so busy excuses. I mean, I get it. I've been there, done that. But what is life if it's just an endless cycle of hurrying to finish one thing so you can rush to the next? Learn to say no. Schedule time to do nothing, to just sit. Who will notice the grass growing and flowers budding and clouds moving if you don't? The blurry mass of people watching their feet hurry on the sidewalk certainly won't. Will it harm to you to slow down, to eliminate some of the harmless busyness? No, not in the slightest. Leisure after work is nothing to be afraid of; narrow your schedule down to only the necessary tasks, do them well, and leave it at that. Quit talking about how busy you are and meet that friend for coffee, take a walk around the neighborhood with no distractions, spend an evening on the couch with a book and some chocolate, or heck, take that trip to Europe. I dare you.



  1. love this :) i def need to learn to slow down and just BREATHE once in a while. and taking that trip to europe...def worth it ;) xo

  2. So true. I really need to cut back on some of the distractions and just slow down, especially since people who are always moving make me anxious. ;)

  3. "Who will notice the grass growing and flowers budding and clouds moving if you don't?"


  4. beautiful words. and this is not the first time.

    [ my lil mud boots ]

  5. so true! i really need to slow down and relax. :) thanks for the inspiration! <3

  6. this is lovely, and oh-so true.

    xx emma || http://emmakate101.blogspot.com

  7. I absolutely love this! What a beautiful reminder to us all :)

    ~ Noelani

  8. yes.
    just yes.
    thank you for this reminder:)

  9. Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
    -Ferris Bueller
    one of the best quotes from one of my favorite movies...fits perfectly :)

  10. oh so true! i LOVE this, carlotta! we need more posts like this. more real talk, less excuses and rambles. thank you for being real, girl! :)

  11. this is beyond goodness.

    everyone - the whole world - needs to read and understand and perceive and put this into action.

    this, what you've posted, is living; fully, intentionally, deeply living.

    thank you so much for sharing this.


  12. i am at a loss for words. this. you.