Open Roads {Wandering Mind}

On Thursday morning we headed out early to drive to Utah.

I always pack a bag full of things to do and I usually spend all the time daydreaming and letting my mind wander.

There is something about seeing land that you have never seen before.

It is like putting a face to a name.

As we were driving I wrote a letter…to myself.

It may seem like a funny thing to do but at home there is always so much to do that I don’t give myself enough time to be quiet.

You would think I couldn’t find it in a packed 9 hour car ride….but I did.

One of my worst faults is that when I have too much to do ….I do nothing.

I am trying to work on that but sometimes I feel like there are so many things I want to accomplish and no time to do it.

The truth is I have the time to do it…but am I making time for it?ย  Is it important enough to make sacrifices for?

Everything takes time, energy or money.ย  Am I willing to sacrifice one of these three to get things accomplished?!

So, here I am after a full day of skiing.

My children are all cuddled in their beds watching a movie and Kelly is getting us some dinner.

I am letting my mind wander and figuring out what it is I am willing to sacrifice and what I need to just let go of.

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  1. Sherry Smyth

    I love the idea of using a long time in one place (like a car trip) to spend time doing things you don’t normally have to do — and writing a letter to yourself sounds like an excellent way to do it! Being quiet — that’s a good thing!

  2. Destiny

    I am going through the same thing…I have time, but as you mentioned, I do nothing if I feel overwhelmed with TOO MUCH to do. For example, I sit around staring at my extensive “to-do” list and instead of knocking it all out…I’m on the computer LOL I’m trying to find a way to make time for the things that need to be done. I hope you find a solution…and I hope I do as well! Enjoy the rest of your trip : )

  3. Katie Holmes

    Oh, goodness, I know that feeling! I struggle with the “too much to do/do nothing” problem too! In fact, I’m currently there right now! Sounds like that drive is just what you needed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Melanie

    Oh, I know exactly how you feel, I am overwhelmed with all of things I need to do and just like you I do nothing. I am glad that your long drive helped you, I think I need one of those!!

    P.S. What part of Utah are you in? I live here. lol

  5. 1 Funky Woman

    I often complain about there not being enough time during the day but its really me and my lack of time management. I think we do what we think is important at that time but mostly I feel like a time waster. Good luck figuring it out and whatever you decide to sacrifice!


  6. Stacey

    I often do this when traveling in the car. My husband loves to drive so I am free to wonder, sketch, think or be quiet. Your post comes at a perfect time as I too feel like I have way too much to do & not enough time. I am also feeling like I don’t do anything very well… probably spreading myself way too thin. I tend to go a mile a minute… I multi task way too much. I feel like I am always on this tread mill bouncing between my creative side and being a mother, wife,and friend. I am taking a small road trip today I think I will write a letter to myself. Thank you so much for sharing and giving me such a great idea to try and give me direction and some definite focus. All my best to you & trying to figure your direction.

  7. Amy

    This post spoke to me! At this very moment I have a lot to do and I am sitting on the couch doing absolutely nothing. It is sometimes paralyzing.

  8. Leah C

    Wow…I think you “hit the nail on the head” for a lot of us! I can really relate; I often find myself with so much to do that I just don’t know where to start. I think I need to take a class on time management…but that would be just one more thing on my to-do list ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Marci

    I can totally relate to that feeling. I have a tendency to go full-force getting everything done to complete denial that I am too busy! You are centainly not alone! One day at a time. Don’t be too hard on your self. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy your time with your family.

  10. Lisa

    I have the same issue with many things to do, but exhaustion tends to win. Lovely to meet you in person at Dream Girls.

  11. Dana Summers

    Please keep us posted on your ideas and attempts to overcome this issue……….I would love to overcome this issue in my own life as well.

  12. Mel

    Fave post you ever, very real, very true…My dad taught me the most important thing is to BE CLEAR, what you want, what it takes, what it accomplishes… get clear and continually re calibrate. xo.

  13. Sheila Parish

    I think as mom’s and wives we all do this. Time to do it all? Don’t know. I have a 2011 list and wonder if I will ever have time to do it all. And my kids are grown and out of the house now. What’s my excuse!

  14. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    I share your fault. And I love this photo of you. And I weirdly thought of you and your gang today on your little get-away. I have no idea what prompted it, but you popped in there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. sandy b.

    I know, I have that too. It just bugs me. I really dislike started on several projects at the same because I don’t want to fall back in the same bad habbit I had years ago. Starting but not finishing! Which in the end costs even more money.
    What I started doing is… (so I don’t walk around with all the ideas in my head, or lay in bed wide awake thinking about it).
    I would keep a notebook in the car, in my purse and one next to the bed.
    If I write the ideas down, it feels like I give my head (brain) some space and myself a break.
    Mostly because I want to do it all right now, afraid I will otherwise don’t do it or forget the idea.
    Glad you had a great time skiing.

  16. sandy b.

    Well, I wanted to make sure I could find it back in the “Word” But, I found it!
    Just 2 days ago I was reading through it looking for an answer not knowing to what. I have that sometimes.
    And this one spoke to me.
    I am overwhelmed with being busy to have a baby and prepare a craft fair booth.
    My eye spotted this line…
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
    To evceryting there is a season A time for every purpose under heaven:
    It truly spoke to me… – And even calmed me down and forced me to “Be”
    Have a good week, and remember for everything there is a time…

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