Defining Busy: One Year Later

If you haven’t been able to tell through my past posts, I’m a big fan of nostalgia. Stories, cards, photos, I keep them all. When I stumbled across Timehop a little over a year ago, I was instantly obsessed.

If you aren’t familiar with Timehop, this brillant little app takes your data from across your social networks and delivers it to you in a nice, neat little daily email sharing exactly what you were doing one year ago on that day. You can also download their app for extra love and see back as far as you have been active on a particular social network…posts from freshman year of college are AWESOME in case you weren’t aware.

As much as I LOVE Timehop, it’s not exactly the primary purpose of this post. So back to our regularly schedule programming we go.

A year ago, I posted this to Twitter: Definition of Busy

Working in a client-facing business means I’m constantly pulled in a billion different directions. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hoopla of it all and share with everyone just how busy you are as if there were some award for having the most miserable schedule. Believe me, I’m guilty too.

A year ago, I challenged myself to remove those words from my vocabulary, I even blogged about the ordeal and how it made a difference in my day.

There will always be a deadline, another project, or something else to check off of the list. It’s only going to get crazier from here – heck, I’m a single girl and I don’t have the responsibility of a cat in my apartment, let alone a husband and children. If I’m completely honest with myself, that future juggling scares me to death.

BUT …

At the end of the day, you are busy doing the things YOU want to. Only you can make the decisions for how you fill your days – that’s one of those great perks of being a grown-up. I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by some awesome people who are constantly trying to remind me of that, as difficult as that can be somedays.

One year later, I’m still guilty of letting the b-word slip, but it’s a work in progress. Taking time to do things like sit, set goals and blog more are now also on my to-do list. I love this quote from Jessica Lawlor in a recent interview post for Rachel Esterline’s 13 in 2013 series:

The truth is, there is no such thing as work-life balance; there’s just balance.

I couldn’t have even thought to sum it better myself. How do you keep balance between the crazy?

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  • http://www.rachelmesterline.com/venturesome Rachel Esterline Perkins

    I think you said it best with, “At the end of the day, you are busy doing the things YOU want to.” You create balance in your life by removing yourself from activities that don’t truly matter. Often, the first step is saying “no.” Best of luck with your balance!

    • http://blog.kaitlyndennihy.com/ Kaitlyn Dennihy

      Thanks Rachel! I could not agree more. PS looking forward to more in the 13 in 2013 series, such a neat one to follow along. 

  • http://twitter.com/mrskellymorgan Kelly Morgan

    Such a great pick up to the afternoon. I’m so guilty of that, but you and @geeklindsay:twitter keep the positivity flowing! Thankful for you girls. #inspired

    • http://blog.kaitlyndennihy.com/ Kaitlyn Dennihy

      Thanks Kelly! With that, we need a new quote for the quote board :)

  • http://twitter.com/jesslaw Jessica Lawlor

    Thank you for including my quote!

    I love the idea of trying to eliminate the use of the word busy. I am SO guilty of answering the question, “How are you?” with “OMG, totally crazy and busy!” It’s definitely not a good habit to get into.