Monday, September 6, 2010

Precious Time

Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.  ~Carl Sandburg

Time is moving way to fast. I have so much to do. So much that I want to do. 

I don't know how I'm gonna fit it all in.


I mean my days, my weeks, my year is already filling up.

I keep thinking to myself...how can I can do all that I want to do.?


Where should I cut back? 

Should I cut back?


Can I be a good Mom, friend, blogger, teacher?

Teacher?


Yeah, I'm gonna be a teacher.

Starting tomorrow.



As you may know I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints {LDS}. In my church everyone is given a job to do or as we call them a "calling".


My last calling was as Primary President. I oversaw everything the kids ages 18 months through 12 years old did. Classes, nursery, activities, Scouts, etc. Pretty major stuff.

However...


I have an even bigger calling now. {well, to me it is just more time consuming}

Starting tomorrow...


and I must tell you the truth. I am a wee bit nervous about it.

I am the Seminary teacher for high school students {14-18 year olds}.


Monday thru Friday I will wake up at 530 so I can be at the Church by 635. My class starts at 645 and runs till 730. I will be teaching from the Scriptures. This year we are focusing on a book in our church called Doctrine and Covenants, Church History and our Prophets

I am a bit overwhelmed.


Just a bit {okay, maybe more than a bit} I don't think it has sunk in yet...I am gonna be busy. Teaching, preparing, cleaning, blogging, taking kids here and there...so much TO DO!

But I can and will do it...


So be patient with me. I may be a little light on creative inspiration and posts for a bit as I adjust to my new schedule!!! 


*So I need to know...what takes up your time these days? And how do you manage your day so you can still get blogging time and/or creative time in? Please share!!!


**I am getting close to my 200th post. Expect a give away soon!!!!!!!

 

8 comments:

  1. That is amazing!! Well as you can see by my posts- I haven't figured out how to get it all done just yet myself!! ;)

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  2. I've learned that not everything can be top priority at the same time. Things ebb and flow. For awhile, there may be more take-out (Pizza, anyone?) and the house may be a bit more "lived in". It's okay. Those things matter little in the grander scheme. What will you wish for on your deathbed? That you drove the kids somewhere when another parent could have picked them up once in a while? That you hadn't let the laundry pile up that one time (or three, or four times)? I'll bet not. Take the opportunities to do all things you haven't done -- especially the ones that frighten you. You won't be perfect. You won't be the best at everything. But you will learn *so much*. And then things will settle down and you'll cook gourmet meals every night for a month. Or something. Ebb and flow, baby. Ebb and flow.

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  3. Oh, how exciting Leslie! You will find that you are so much more focused when you have a purpose. I know when I get up early and read my Bible before the day starts my day is so much better. Besides, you'll find you learn so much more when you are teaching others. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

    200th post? WooHoo!!!

    Nicole

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  4. Those kids are so lucky and they will always remember you. I had the best seminary teacher and she is still an inspiration to me

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  5. Congrats! I bet you will be a fabulous teacher...

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  6. Great post and love the top quote about time. I am feeling that way too - this is by far the busiest year for me yet and I am feeling overwhelmed. I don't know if I should cut something out or what, but I am feeling it too. Thank you for sharing your struggle and congrats on your new calling, xo

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  7. congrats on being a seminary teacher - you will be exhausted but love it! I find it a real struggle to find balance in my life - such a challenge but I managed to get everything done, eventually! I just need to remember there is a time and season for me. Good luck. Naomi

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  8. Congratulations on the new job you have. You will enjoy this age group, I'm sure!

    Balancing acts - when to work, play, sleep, eat - etc. It will come together. Some things of course, you'll find you have less time for - and maybe that's all right, because typically those things might be the "time wasters" anyhow.

    Prioritize.

    Loosen/lighten your expectations. It's really ok if you don't get laundry done every Monday and Thursday (or whatever!). It isn't going anywhere!

    Definitely be prepared (as much as possible - grin!) for the teaching. The kids will expect it, and you'll feel much better and on top of things.

    Do you keep a notebook of ideas to blog about? I find that helpful. Even if you can't get to a computer to compose, set pen to paper and spin off a draft. That connection can be a good one to make again, especially in the digital age.

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I appreciate your thoughts and ideas...they inspire me!! I will be visiting you soon. Have a CREATIVE day!!

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