Finding joy in the journey. What is it that is so appealing about the end destination that makes us want to buckle down, and get so serious that we can’t enjoy the ride there? Sometimes I think it’s just me and my pessimistic nature, but I know I’m not the only one. Finding joy in the journey can be challenging at times. I know there are many of you out there that struggle with this same problem.
There are big things in my future. I have a huge dream right now that involves paying our property off in under 5 years, and then setting up our finances so that my husband can quit his day job. We want to homestead together, full time. To do that though, I feel like we have to stop having fun for the next 2 years so that we can focus on growing our business. Do we really need to put having fun on hold to accomplish our big goals? The answer is no!
So how do you convince yourself of this? How do you relax without getting off track of the work that needs to be done? I’m still trying to figure it out. About a month ago is when I realized that I was too stressed. I was constantly filling my to do list with little things, and hardly feeling accomplished when they were done. I wasn’t make the time to read. The days were filled doing too many things that didn’t really matter.
Finding Joy in the Journey Everyday
Here are a few things that helped bring me out of the slump, and find joy in everyday.
First, spending a few minutes in the morning to visualize my day. By a few minutes, I mean 1 minute. It doesn’t take long! I just look over my to-do list, and think of a few things that generally make me happy, and then I imagine my day going as planned.
Second, daily family walks make me so happy. The sun is staying up longer in the evenings again so that we can enjoy our walks, and they make a big difference in my attitude. I am able to enjoy our property on a new level when I’m not focused on making sure the animals are fed and watered. Add something into your everyday routine that brings you joy, and make it a priority.
Have big dreams, and make your dreams known! Talking about your dreams with others can bring back those giddy feelings that you had when you first thought of your new crazy dream. Talking about them with others makes you talk about them in a way that make it feel like reality rather than some far off wishful thinking. Write them down, tell a friend, talk about your dreams just like it is part of your future plan, not like some crazy thing that is never going to happen. When you are most stressed is the time you need to think of your dreams more!
Be Grateful For Now
A good way to bring you mind back to what is important now, and to relieve the stress is to remember what you are grateful for. It’s hard to be negative when you are reminding yourself of the abundance in your life. I have reminded myself to be grateful for the great weather we have right now, and the pastures filled with grass. There are jars of fresh milk in my fridge, and newly hatched chicks in my incubator. Most importantly is the delicious dinner that I will be eating with my family tonight.
Don’t lose sight of your future goals, but don’t forget that finding joy in the journey NOW is important too. We worked hard to get our homestead, as many homesteaders do. I want to truly enjoy it, while still accomplishing my new dream. It was only a few years ago that my crazy big dream was having property. Now I accomplished my goal, and moved on to new goals, but we have to bring happiness along for the ride.
You can enjoy life now, while still planning a brighter future. Work towards your ideal life, and continue finding joy in the journey. Don’t wait for the destination to celebrate your future. Celebrate along the way.
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