...and even the largest task has a first step. It all adds up. This is what I've been telling myself lately. And it's working! I've been feeling really behind on projects and overwhelmed at the work necessary to make up the lost time. [Not lost, I know exactly where it went, but that's for another day.]
I have a very special friend who I haven't spoken with in a long time. And each time I thought of her, I'd say "oh I'll call her when I have more than 5 minutes to talk." Well that's dumb. These days, it's rare to even have 10 minutes of unscheduled time. I called her yesterday as she was getting on her flight to Paris, we shared hello's, exciting news, and love. All in less than 2 minutes. 2 minutes to reconnect! Do you have 2 minutes? Call someone you love. Send them a text. It's easier than you think.
Starting a new life with my brilliant man has stars in my eyes and budgets in my brain. Romantic right? It is when you think about the fun trips, owning a home, or the delicious restaurants we want to experience in our lifetime. Creating (and sticking to!) budget can be big a scary, but even with finances there are first steps and baby steps to take when it all seems like too much. I think the reason I like setting a budget is because it's so closely tied with setting goals. An easy step? Add up the consistent bills: your rent, cellphone if you have one, insurance or car payments. There- you've already made progress towards your budget. Want more- let's set some goals.
We recently renovated our kitchen, which seemed like a huge project at the time. Okay it wasn't a simple one, but as soon as we got started the momentum carried us forward. One night I said "let's go buy paint" and then that turned into us taking our cabinets down and painting that very evening. Now we have a delightful new kitchen and I can't wait to have you all over for drinks.
After not practicing yoga for about a month this summer, I had a hard time getting back on my mat. After two weeks I had developed a new routine: no exercise. After three weeks I felt too tired to practice. And I realized I had no excuse not to get up and do something, so I made my way to my favorite studio. Getting out of the house was the hardest part of restarting that routine. But once I did, the other pieces lined up and once I made it to the studio I couldn't turn around. It was rough, it was painful, and I was so happy to be practicing again.
So worry not if you're overwhelmed and don't know where to start. Try making a list. Turn on (or off) your computer. Set a timer for yourself and clean until the buzzer goes off. Whatever it is, find your starting point and start! Then add to it little by little. You'll be amazed that you ever doubted yourself.