Recently, I have had a lot of people asking me how I have time to make recipes, how I have the money to buy the ingredients, how I have time to write and edit blog posts while still having class, work, and homework. I give the same answer to each of them, “I just make time. Its what I chose to spend my free time, and money on.” I chose to spend my money on groceries, and occasionally splurge on a more expensive ingredient, or product that I’ve been really wanting to try, instead of splurging on an expensive shirt. If you know me, I reeeeallly love to shop. I love buying new clothes, and having new outfits to wear, BUT I also really love to grocery shop. Now that probably sounds lame, but I could spend hours grocery shopping. I love looking at all the different options, reading all the labels, and just taking my time picking out the food I am going to buy. So lately, instead of buying myself new clothes as often as I would used to, I have been spending that money and food, and props for the blog. Don’t, even get me started on photo props. I got way too excited the other day at Micheal’s when they had an extra 20% off of sale items.
Anyways, Buying new things to make new recipes, and to get better pictures make me so excited! The happiness I get from making this blog is why I make the time to do it. It’s what I do for fun. I chose not to spend all my money on alcohol like a lot of people usually do, especially in college. I don’t want this to sound like I’m judging those who spend their time, and money at the bar, because if thats what you enjoy doing, and you have fun, DO THAT!! I will also get up an extra half hour to hour before I would actually have to wake up for class to get ready, so I can make myself a decent breakfast. I know for myself, if I start the day off eating well, the rest of my day is going to go well, eating wise, and energy wise.
So if there is something out there that you have a huge passion for, or something that makes you overwhelmingly happy and proud while you are doing it, make time to do it. If you do the things that make you happy, you are going to become a happier person naturally. Things that bring joy to yourself are therapeutic. This can also be known as being mindful. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing our attention on the present moment without judgment. It helps to ease our mind, and not get caught up in the worries, and regrets. When you are engaging in whatever passion you have whether it be pottery, writing, weight lifting, hiking, whatever, focus on that joy, that excitement, that love. Ignore any stress, worries, or tasks you have outside of that moment. In these moments, being mindful will help to savor the pleasure you are feeling, and become fully engaged. If you are making time for your passion, the only thing that matters during that time, is your passion.
If you think about your day as a flow chart, you go from one task to the next. If you look at the example below, the arrows are the transitions to each part of your day, but once you get to that next part, that is what you need to focus on. None of the parts overlap, so what is the point of having your mind on something that is not going to matter until the task you are doing now is over? Even if “drive home” means sitting in standstill traffic, there is nothing you can do about that. Think about that as time you are getting to yourself. It is a time you get to listen to your favorite song, focus on your own thoughts, and do whatever is pleasing to you. Try not to get upset about what you have no control over. Just embrace that time. Make the most of the task you are on now, and the outcome of each task will be so much more beneficial. There is plenty of other time to worry, and stress about things, so take the time you made to push all of it aside and just enjoy life step by step.