Zen habits, part one

One of my favorite blogs is Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits.  Two recent posts there speak to what I’ve been thinking about lately.  I’ll discuss one today and one tomorrow.

The first is about making time to do what’s most important.  I was telling my husband yesterday that I want to finish a piece I’m working on and submit it to a favorite magazine, create a photography book by July and enter it into a contest, catch up on my daughter’s scrapbook (2.5 months behind… yikes), and take some more photography and writing classes.  This is in addition to an upcoming move and a trip to Italy.  He looked at me like I’m nutty since the only free time I have is naptime and four hours on Wednesdays.

Leo Babauta says on his blog, “Time doesn’t fall into your lap. It isn’t handed to you by a kindly old gentleman. You must create it… Say no to everything else. Put off what can be held at bay for the time being. And create time for what is necessary.  Make something. Bring new creative life into the world, change the lives of others, and in doing so, change yours.  You have the power to create time, and the will to create. Don’t squander it, my friend.” (Read the entire article here.)

I guess I’m going to have to give up a few things in order to spend more time creating.  I’m thinking that the laundry, dishes, bill paying, dinner making, and general housekeeping has got to go. 

Just kidding, honey.


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