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Find time to do the things you love

Make it happen

If you really want to do something, make it happen. You’ll have a million excuses why you can’t. You’ll have a million reasons to be pulled in a direction—any direction—away from what you love.

Don’t let those million things take you away from what you love.

Limitations

All that being said, there are situations where you, no matter how hard you try, won’t be able to do that thing that you love—but more often than not, those situations are temporary. Six months ago, I couldn’t write. I had a week-old newborn, I was up half the night feeding her, I was in immense pain all the time, I spent the daytime hours trying to keep my 2- and 3-year-olds from destroying the house, and I still had a fuzzy mind leftover from pregnancy brain.

Needless to say, I could not make the time to write.

The tough part is trying to decide what is a limitation and what is an excuse. What helps me is knowing my priorities. For me, being happy and raising my kids are more important than writing. But watching TV—or even reading a book—and being crafty or cleaning the house are not.

So the limitations in life give me situations where I prioritize. If I’m up all night with a newborn, my happiness would be compromised if I tried to wake up early to write. So I won’t. If I’m contemplating staying up all night on Pinterest, I won’t, either, because that would compromise my writing, which takes priority over the Internet.

Obviously I’m not perfect every day. Just last night I stayed up far too late reading, which means I woke up late this morning to write. (And, yes, sleep does take priority over writing because it directly affects my happiness.) But I can do it more often than not.

And knowing my priorities gives me strength to say no to many things I enjoy and like so that I can have time to make the things I love happen.

What do you love? How do you make time for it?

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