What in your life brings you joy? What are you doing in your life that does not bring you joy? These questions were asked of me in an inspirational class that I am diving into for the next six weeks, and they could not have come at a better time. With now being a mom and running my own business from home, my time is extremely valuable. If I am doing things that are not bringing me joy, then why am I doing them?
Throughout my adult life, I have really prided myself with doing what makes me happy. I have never wanted to be stuck in something that I did not enjoy, life is just too short and I want to enjoy every single minute. But when I reached this question this week I knew instantly that I had something that needed to be eliminated out of my life. It is almost embarrassing for me to say, but I had to drastically reduce the amount of television that I have been watching. I really just got in a bad habit. Towards the end of my pregnancy I didn’t have a lot to do (other than waiting) and was just too tired to do much, so I watched a lot of TV. Then after Jasper was born, with lack of sleep and mommy brain, TV was the only activity that didn’t take much thought. Whether I was watching it or not, the TV was on.
Television is not bringing me joy though; it sucks up my time like crazy, it’s such a distraction, and I really do not fully enjoy my day when I have it on all the time. So, the past couple days the TV has been off, and my Pandora radio has been in full force. I have really found much more joy in my days. I get more done, enjoy my little boy more, and my brain has the space to be imaginative and creative again. Now don’t get me wrong, I do have some shows that bring me joy; I will most definitely be watching Parenthood tonight. Any other Parenthood fans out there? But during the day, the TV can be off, and the early evening hours I will take my time cooking supper (I really enjoy cooking when I have the time) and spending time with my family. I am excited to see what will happen in my day to day life from this one small change. I already feel happier, and much more joyful with how I am spending my time.
So I challenge you, what brings you joy in life? Are you taking the time to do those things? If not, why? The sun is shining, it’s a new day, go find some joy! This little guy definitely brings me joy!