Happy Monday, Everyone! I have a treat for you this week! I’m writing to you from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association trade show in New Orleans, Louisiana, just off the French Quarter. Here’s the view from the hotel window. I’ve been watching the boats and barges go by on the river.
I ran into writer-pal, Judy Christie, here in her home state of Louisiana and decided to twist her arm to write this week’s post (not really — we planned this ahead, honest). Any conversation with this talented writer-gal is a joy, and she has a new book coming out. Right now THIS week, y’all! Sweet Olive a fabulous read, which Publisher’s weekly likens to the Mitford series. That’s a pretty solid recommendation, but let me chime in and tell you that I loved this book, too.
As the author of Hurry Less Worry Less (among other things) Judy is the guru on this week’s porch chattin’ subject — Are we too busy in our modern speed- of-light lives? Here’s what Judy had to say:
Take a fresh look to enjoy each day more
’Tis the season to sit on the porch in Louisiana.
One day the light shifts, the temperature drops a degree or two and the magical promise of Fall is in the air. We gradually move from sweat to sweaters and watch cypress needles turn the rusty color of Autumn, a shade so pure it makes me wish I were a painter.
This annual transition brings a longing for more time in our hand-me-down glider, a vintage metal contraption made for visiting and unwinding.
And yet my calendar fights this porch time with Fall Frenzy—a combination of back-to-school activities, work travel, pre-holiday deadlines and daily distractions. The season, with all of its charm, speeds up faster than leaves flutter from trees in the yard.
To enjoy this beautiful season of change and to live fully, I must step back and take a fresh look at life. I’ve found a handful of tried-and-true ways to make time for precious porch sitting, but I have to focus on them again and again. I share them today with the hope that they’ll help if your life grows too busy for sitting and chatting, reading and relaxing:
** Slow down. You can’t do everything. When you say “no” to one thing, you say “yes” to something else.
**Identify what gives you energy and what drains your energy. Look for ways to do more things you enjoy and trim the drainers.
**Be clear about What’s Most Important in your life. Schedule time for family and friends or to learn something new or enjoy a hobby. Put time with children or grandchildren on your calendar before it slips away.
**Don’t panic when you get swamped. Allow yourself a “get-it-done-hour” and focus on your to-do list, checking off as many things as you can. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in a focused hour.
**Be aware of how much time you spend on distractions, such as online wandering. We waste a lot of time on things that don’t matter, neglecting more important or enjoyable activities.
**Deal with nagging problems. Often you can take care of small hassles more simply than you realize. Make a list of issues you deal with again and again. Pick the one that slows you down the most and find a solution.
**Have lots of fun along the way and encourage those you meet on your journey. And, whatever you do, make time to sit on the porch and savor this season.
How about you? What tips do you have for slowing down and enjoying each day?
About the author: Judy Christie, who writes fiction with a Louisiana flavor, started keeping a diary when she was nine–and still has all of them. Judy blogs from her green kitchen couch at www.judychristie.com and loves visiting with readers at book clubs and online at www.facebook.com/judychristie and at www.twitter.com/judypchristie.
About the book: “Sweet Olive” (Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing) is about what happens when a unique Southern town collides with the outside world and big.
Enjoy the week!
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