Life seems to move so fast that it is easy to let it get away from you without even stopping to enjoy it.  While at work during the week I find myself in a state of just going through the motions more often than I would like to admit.  There are days when I get home and I don’t even remember what happened for that matter I have gone through entire weeks in this state.

Over the past week I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to take some time to just be present and hanging out just a little in what one could call the core.  The core of your being is who we are when we are born, during our childhood and throughout adolescence there are layers that are built up that take us away from being in our core self (the true you).  Over the last week I have been trying really hard to concentrate on my core and just hang out there a bit.  This of course would involve me to shut off the millions other voices in my head and just be. No planning for the future or worrying about what might happen tomorrow.

I struggled with it throughout the week trying to bring myself to that place of being present and in the now.   I realized just how much noise I was dealing with on a day to day basis and how much I was just hanging out everywhere but in the present.  It is really hard to stay present and aware of what’s going on around you my mind just seems to run off in every direction.  Questions I’m asking myself about things that really don’t matter.

On Saturday I managed to spend a couple hours just being present and did it ever feel good!  A friend and I decided to go snowboarding for the day and let me tell you it was magic.  Everything from the great company to the beautiful day was amazing.  That few hours forced me to concentrate on what I was doing (because if I didn’t focus I would have most definitely run into a little one on the hill) and not worrying about anything that was waiting for me on my desk on Monday or the things that I think I’m not doing well enough in life or what life is going to look like this time next year.   There is something to be said for taking a few hours away from  life and realizing that things are pretty good just where you are even without the perfect house or the car seat in the back seat that I eluded to in a previous post, and for that few hours who really cares where you’re going to be this time next year or what you really suck at.  I got to be me, just Erika…and let me tell you she is pretty good when she’s not thinking about all those other things in life!

This week I challenge you to take a second and appreciate just where you are even if your not in the ideal place remember all the things you do have and just what this world has given you.  Don’t think about what you don’t have or what you’re working towards; just appreciate what’s staring you in the face this very moment.

Happy Monday!