The Importance of Taking the Time to Smell the Roses

So this past week I got so very busy with getting all the new pieces in the collection drafted and patterned that I clean forgot about blogging. In fact there I was at 2:23 on Thursday morning getting all the garment patterns and tech packs ready to be sent on to the sewing contractor! And I began working at 8:30am the previous day. Okay, I’ll admit it – I am a workaholic! But let’s be honest, I think a lot of us fall into the category. There is so much to do in this world! Places to visit, people to meet, work to get done, a career to boost, a family to care for…and the list goes on. But I am beginning also to realize that there is no use to doing all this if we cannot enjoy the fruits of our labor.

The Urban Dictionary defines “slow down and smell the roses” as the process by which we stop stressing out, overthinking, or complaining. Where we put our troubles in perspective and try to enjoy the short time we have on earth.

I think of it as consciously pausing and stepping out of one’s immediate concerns to take a breath, enjoy the moment

Yes, you have a never- ending list of things to do! Yes, they are probably not going to get done until you get to them. And yes, before I finish this sentence three more items are probably going to be added to that list. And so you are going to say what is the use of “smelling those darn roses!” (Heck, even I feel a certain sense of panic at the thought of pausing.) But okay let’s go ahead and hear the argument for letting go, even if it is for just a few moments.

So without sounding preachy here are a few ways to live a better life-

Stop to acknowledge- it is important to take stock of the accomplishments and victories in our life, be it small or big. When we honor them and are grateful for them the Universe is able to give us more.

It is okay to have FUN- when we recharge by going out for a walk with our dog, playing with a child, enjoying a bath with candles and a glass of wine, spending time with friends or even indulging in some retail therapy, we set aside that sense of urgency and can actually come back to our work with renewed vigor.

Simplify – declutter your personal space. This in turn will clear your mind.

Be Creative- Cook a meal, enjoy a museum, color, take a photograph (and no, a selfie does not count!!) ….do something that you would consider frivolous on a normal day.

Meditate- Of course you can sit in a Lotus pose, close your eyes and listen to “chakra healing” chants to transform your energy from negative to positive, but that isn’t the only way to meditate. Just finding a quiet place, listen to your favorite music and focus on your own thoughts. It is a great way to relax.

We are still in January of a brand new year and we have the rest of 2016 to make it one for the books. I have already begun seeing positive results from making these small changes as of this last weekend. Give it shot. Let me know if you enjoy the scent of those roses!