If only …

One of our dear friends is in Paris as we write this. She’s never been away from her children for more than a night or two, since her eldest was born, eleven years ago. A few months ago, she saw an amazing travel deal come into her inbox, and said to her husband, on a whim, ‘I should go …’

‘You should go!’  he agreed, and an idea began to take shape. Could she really leave the family and go overseas for nearly three weeks – just her? She’d miss Mother’s Day. And numerous school events. And use up almost all her leave from work. It would be costly. They’d have to sacrifice other things … but wouldn’t it be incredible?

She posted about it in the international Facebook group she’s in for people with a passion for adult colouring in. These women, from vastly different lives, and many different countries, had become close friends over the years, despite none of them ever having met in person. ‘You should all come and meet me in Paris!’ our friend joked.

They took her seriously. This week, she and her colouring in friends from 7 different countries met in Paris. They Face-timed the one person, from the US, who couldn’t be there. Every one of them had made this trip happen, despite the obstacles, the excuses, the competing priorities, the expense and the timing.

Our friend will return home refreshed, inspired and grateful. She’ll be ready to throw herself back into the hum-drum of daily life – stronger and happier because she’s given herself this gift of time, space and new experiences.

It’s your turn!

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It can be hard to put yourself back on the priorities list. Even harder to write your name at the top. But your job is not to be a leaning post all the time for everyone around you. Do that relentlessly, and you will eventually fall over. We must make time and create space for things that light us up – that improve our health, lower our stress and inspire us. It need not be an international meet up of friends in Paris, but it does need to be something. And it needs to be something, often.

When is the last time an idea caught your eye, and you thought, ‘if only …’

Emma & Audrey x
About The Author

Emma Grey & Audrey Thomas

Audrey Thomas and Emma Grey are productivity experts, authors of ‘I Don’t Have Time’ and its forthcoming sequel ‘I Can’t Be Bothered’, and co-founders of the popular online program, My 15 Minutes. They help busy women reclaim their time and energy around the real-life challenges of modern life.

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