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  • Simone Sanders

Slow Down…and Make Time For What You Love

We're officially in fall season. As the temperature starts to cool, and the leaves start to change we tend to naturally slow down. This is the perfect time to look at the present and figure out how we can include the things we love in our busy schedules. However, it isn’t always easy to slow down. Here are some questions I encourage you to ask yourself before you start incorporating those slow down moments into your life.

Am I stuck in hustle culture, or am I living my life at a pace I enjoy?

Hustle culture has a lot of us running around balancing a main job and a few side hustles. If you aren’t getting to the bag, then you don’t want the life of luxury. At least that’s what they say. I no longer believe this. You can get to the bag, but also sit it down sometimes. That’s perfectly fine.

However, if that fast-paced hustle life is enjoyable for you, that’s also okay. Some people thrive in fast-paced lifestyles and don’t want to slow down. Asking yourself what you want will help you determine if you need to slow down, or if slowing down just isn’t your thing.

What Do I Want to Do More Of?

Do you want to travel more? Spend more time with family and friends? Read more? Get back to that hobby you love? Looking at what you want to add into your life is important. Understand that slowing down doesn’t mean stop and do nothing. It means coming into the present, and finding joy in the everyday moments. So what do you want to enjoy in your everyday moments?

What Do I Want to Do Less Of?

Do you want to scroll on social media less? Eat out less? Spend less time with family and friends, and more time with yourself? Evaluate what you’re doing currently that is draining you of your time, and think of what you could be doing instead. I definitely want to scroll on social media less. If I’m on social media less, I can have more time to keep creating the blog posts and podcast episodes you all enjoy.

How Do I Make this Permanent?

To appease hustle culture, we say it’s okay to take breaks but you have to get back to the grind. However, what if you don’t want to go back to hustle culture? What if you want this slow down life to be permanent?

Control. Alt. Delete. Take control of your life, alternate the things you want to do less of with things you want to do more of, and delete the things in your life that really need to go in order for your life to remain in this slowed down moment. You can slow down in life and still get things done. There’s no rule that says hustling in its current definition is the only way to make it to the top. You can redefine it, and still make it to that lifestyle you want.

What will you do to slow your life down? Let me know in the comments.

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