Action Expresses Priorities …blogging break

Last week I took an unplanned bogging break; not because I was jaded or tired of blogging, but because life happened. Every now and then while going through our daily routine, our highs and lows, ins and outs of living, something out of the ordinary comes along and forces us to rethink and re-evaluate our priorities.

I’ve noticed that as I continued to add more and more to my “to do” list, some of the things that are most important to me were getting less of my attention…for example, the amount of time I spent in my daily devotion (a major priority) decreased as the time I engaged in reading, commenting and blogging increased. Also the time I spent studying and researching in order to stay on the cutting edge of my profession also diminished as the fatigue from doing so much and spreading myself so thinly was amplified.

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It’s sometimes difficult to find the right balance because the thing(s) we spend the most time doing or thinking about becomes our priority. Recently, an “out of the ordinary” occurrence came along in the form of a business opportunity. An opportunity that with laser focus, exponential hard work and even greater sacrifice, will be able to take our business to a whole new level (something that will definitely be high on our priority list).

While my husband and I were making plans, formulating and preparing our mindset to take on this potentially life changing endeavor, yet another event occurred, this time in the form of a car accident. It served as a conspicuous reminder that my priorities had shifted and it was time to properly reorder them. Although the shock and soreness of the accident is to wearing off, the subtleties of what’s most important to me in life remain very present. Having a successful business is important, but my top priority is to seek God first…(I believe everything else will fall into place). But for the Grace of God, that accident could have ended or altered our lives in such a drastic way where nothing else mattered.

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Blogging remains such a wonderful outlet for me. I love sharing, reading, commenting and connecting with so many of you. I enjoy learning about (or from) your experiences. But as much as I enjoy blogging, at this juncture in my life, it cannot be a priority. I’m not ready to give up on it though, but my posting schedule will be significantly abbreviated. I’ll be working on my life’s vision and will check in from time to time. I will continue to read your blogs and engage as much as I can. I’ll also be hanging out on Facebook and Twitter. Please feel free to follow and keep in touch with me there. It’s time for my actions to express my priorities.

  • Are you spending most of your time on what is truly most important to you?
  • Have your priorities shifted
  • Do your actions express your priorities?

 

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25 thoughts on “Action Expresses Priorities …blogging break

  1. Kita

    You must shift actions I myself am doing the same. I have tackled how to prioritize my ventures online. Now the task is to get off of social media especially on family days. I stay looking at twitter and instagram thinking I might miss something but I am missing what’s most important so I am now going to start shutting down my computer every evening while home with the kids and focus on their hw, cooking, or reading a good book.
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  2. Chris Carter

    Funny thing- both Michell and I are on a “break” for the same reasons….

    God bless you- always. Exciting things for you- and I love how you honor God first and foremost. It’s a must, isn’t it?

    Love to you, dear friend.
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  3. Kim

    I’m sorry about the car accident – hope you are completely OK!!
    I get the priority thing – I have been trying to do a lot of checking into my own and realize that some days I’m not spending my time where I should be.
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  4. KalleyC

    I am so sorry to hear about the car accident, I hope that you are okay! I understand what you mean about taking a break. Last week, life happened to me as well, and for some reason, I’m feeling a huge push to get things in order. As of now it’s hard for me to be motivated to post, knowing that I need to get my home in order (physical home and my body). Take your break, and know that we will always be here to support you!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thank you Kalley. Sometimes the speed of life increases so quickly we have to reassess the time we have to spread among the many things we have to do. When posting is becoming a chore, it may be time for a break. I hope you’re able to get your motivation back, but more importantly, I hope you’re able to get your “home” in order. Thanks for your support Kalley.

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  5. Alison Hector

    Hope, I pray you guys are doing better after the accident. I missed seeing your post last week. I think many of us are re-evaluating what matters most, and weighing blogging and its commitments in the scale of priorities. I, too, have been thinking along the lines that you mentioned. I love blogging, but it consumes a serious amount of time and I”m not sure that I can sustain it, along with the other ventures that I see coming to the surface as priorities. So, I get what you’re saying totally. God will give you clarity, as you ask for it, as to how to balance things and what to push to the front and what can go on the back burner, or off the stove altogether! Hugs, Ali
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks so much Ali. It does consume a good amount of time. I’m glad that it’s something that I can always come back to…but there are some things in life that need my attention and time right now, Those things have become a priority. I’m sure that, like you, as certain ventures surface as priorities…rearranging the right things will become evident

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  6. Tamara

    I’ve been seeing this happen lately. Life, I suppose. And I am glad your shock and soreness are wearing off and that you’re feeling better.
    EVERYONE needs a break, or a re-shift. That, I know.
    Glad you’ll still be around!
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  7. Allie

    Good for you! It’s hard to step away from blogging to engage in other (more important?) facets of your life. Good luck in all your endeavors and I’m so glad the car accident was minor and that you’re ok.
    I’ll be looking forward to whatever and whenever you post!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks Allie. I laughed at your choice of punctuation after -more important- Is there anything more important than blogging…lol. It wasn’t necessarily an easy choice, but definitely necessary.

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  8. Whitney

    I pray for your recovery and as you can see, life is happening for all of us. I haven’t blogged like I wanted and you have given me a gentle reminder to revisit what’s important. Take care, I’ll keep you in my prayers.
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  9. Joi

    My life needs me! Tell me about it. I’ve had this link pulled up on my computer since Friday along with out 7 others and haven’t had a chance to actually comment. I am so happy for you and your family! So many blessings! Thank you for sharing with us and me! You know I follow your lead 😉 ! I haven’t been able to draft that post though. Maybe, Thursday! We Shall see!

    Funny how so many of our circle is experiencing the same thing at the same time. Kinda like getting a cycle together, ROTFL! Ya think the blog world is that strong? <3
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  10. Cam | BIbs and Baubles

    First, so thankful you’re OK.

    Second, there have been a lot of blogging breaks going on. You’re in good company.

    Third, that last image speaks volumes!

    I have been taking small breaks from blogging here and there for that very reason: My life needs me.
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  11. Sherelle

    I’m so glad to hear you and your family are okay. I’m late reading this due to having life happen as well. Take the time you need to experience life. The blog and social media world will be here when you return! Many blessings on your business opportunity!
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  12. Rum Punch Drunk

    Life does continue to happen and sometimes you do need to prioritize your workload in the right way, so I do understand. I hope your business takes flight in a wonderful new and successful direction and I’m so glad that nobody was seriously injured in the accident. I too have been forced to slow down and concentrate on me and my loved one at the moment.
    Whatever you do, enjoy it and have a lovely day.
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