Intentional Living

I received a suggestion a little while ago to read The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, and I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. I haven’t gotten too far into the book just yet, but I think one of the main points is really interesting, and warrants taking a little bit of time to really think about your current life & plans for the future.

Ferriss talks about the mentality of the “New Rich” and how rather than putting off enjoyment, travel and rejuvenation to the end of life in retirement, we can inject mini-retirements periodically into our lives as we go. We can work fewer hours without location constraints, so travel is a viable option at all times.

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Now, the old-school part of me thinks sure, that’s great and all, but in the real world most people have to put in the work, pay your dues, and earn the enjoyment of retirement.

The other part of me sees the value in this way of thinking and not putting-off living until later, when we may or may not be capable. And there’s always the thought that changing financial situations may not allow for the things we think we’ll do “someday.”

One key thing that really stuck with me right away though was that you have to be intentional about the time you want to free up. So if you’re working to cut back your workdays from 5 days to 4 days a week, you can’t just be working to have more free time. You need to want to have the time for a specific reason – whether it’s learning to bake, being able to make it to your kids’ sports competitions, or traveling to historic landmarks around your state.

The key is to be specific, and work to make sure you’re living too. And really, whether you follow the rest of the plan or buy into the “New Rich” idea/lifestyle, I think that is such a valuable lesson and reminder to us all. Be smart, but don’t keep putting off living until later!

So what is one thing that you want to intentionally start building into your life?

Be The Candle

I am so excited to finally be able to make it to a Tuesdays Together meet up next week, y’all! It’s going to be great to be able to meet other creatives here in the area and join together in the incredible movement of supporting and pushing one another.

This quote was in my new planner (am I the only one who gets WAY too excited about buying a new planner?!), and I loved it right away. I knew I’d want to post it on here at some point, but the more I read it, the more I think it’s such a great way to tie up my excitement for Tuesdays Together.

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I am so glad that The Rising Tide Society was founded to encourage creatives to really come together to support one other and elevate our fields as a whole through helping one other and learning together. As the new kid here in Houston, I’m fully aware that there are a lot of people who have incredible things already going on here. They’ve got incredible momentum & are accomplishing amazing things. And while it would be really easy to be intimidated or even jealous of those things, I am going to make the choice to reflect that light back onto them. To cheer them on. To toast their successes. Because sometime down the line, they might be helping me celebrate mine. And a thriving market is exactly what we all need.

So whatever field you find yourself in, or whatever stage of life you’re in, let’s all decide that we’ll either be candles or mirrors. Sometimes maybe we’ll be both. But either way, we’ll be happy to just be involved with spreading light in the world.

And if you’ve had a “candle” moment lately, leave it in the comments! I’d love to be a part of celebrating your wins!!

Everyday Life – Round 12

Well y’all, life has been a crazy train lately for the Holmes family circus! But there’s been some fun things thrown in there too. Here’s a little glimpse into the un-edited everyday moments that don’t always make the social media cut!

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1. Enjoying the little things   2. Pool time with my girls   3. Great advice from Dove!

4. Big girl ready to ride her bike    5. Water park fun for my birthday girl    6. Too much rain

7. My little nun   8. Last summer of SFA orientation   9. Precious time with friends

For some prettier glimpses into the everyday, and to see all of the incredible people I get to work with, be sure to follow along on Instagram!