Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Have you ever found yourself fighting hard to achieve too many things at once? Feeling a bit googly-eyed?

How do you find the priorities?

That's what I've been working on for a year now. Finding the priorities. Making tough choices. Giving up free time to work on my dream. I've been pushing and pushing. Some people call me driven.

Have you ever been driven by something?

Driven to exhaustion?

I am. Regularly.

Sometimes I have to take time off to cocoon. Time to reevaluate and make sure I'm still putting first things first. I find it crucial when my mind starts to wander and when I'm oversleeping my alarm. It means I'm past my limit. Time to cocoon.

Cocooning means I hide from the world and play by watching a movie or reading a book in a place all by myself. The key: All by myself. I have to cut off the extra noise and stimulation so I can decompress. Then I can sit back and think for a little while.

How do you reevaluate priorities to make sure you stay on track?

God Uses Broken Vessels


  1. Were you following me around yesterday? For whatever reason, I felt really overwhelmed. So I had to take a day just for me, to sit and write a list of everything I wanted/needed to do. Just by getting them on paper, they're now managable.

  2. I think she was following me also. This week I have 3 extra things I don't normally have in a week and I was starting to stress out that I couldn't do it all.
    When I get this way, I have to quit looking ahead. I take one day at a time, get through it and then look to the next day. It's crazy I know, but that's how I have to handle it.

  3. I've found that when I get to that point, I probably just need more rest. I'm chronically sleep deprived. So I'll make time to go to bed early. It's amazing how much better I feel and how my attitude changes when I get 8 hours sleep! A couple of weekends ago, I got 10 hours of sleep. Didn't know what to do with myself. :)

  4. Apparemtly your topic is very timely, Ang. Here's today's devotional from "Jesus Calling."

    "Leave outcomes up to Me. Follow Me wherever I lead, without worrying about how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure, with Me as your Guide and Companion. Live in the NOW, concentrating on staying in step with Me. When our path leads to a cliff, be willing to climb it with My help. When we come to a resting place, take time to be refreshed in My Presence. Enjoy the rhythm of life lived close to me.

    "You already know the ultimate destination of your journey; your entrance into heaven. So keep your focus on the path just before you, leaving outcomes up to Me."

  5. Sounds like we're all in the same boat. I've shared with you F.A.I.T.H. ladies in an email how I'm struggling to adapt to a new schedule and work in real sleep time without neglecting my family so I can write. I'm starting to feel a little better with my "revised" schedule. But it took me to take some time off and to myself--I had to get in my "cocoon".

    I'm starting to crank out this second chapter finally! I got up at 5 AM this morning and squeezed in 45 minutes of writing time! I'll have a couple of hours this evening when hubby and daughter are at swim practice.

  6. How do I reevaluate priorities to make sure I stay on track?

    Oh boy, lots of prayer. I belong to an accountability group with two other girls. I have them pray regularly. I'm a bit compulsive when it comes to things, so I need all the help I can get. Because once I get an idea in my head, especially for writing, I could type 15 hours straight and ignore everything else around me....

    So, I think that's helped with the priorities thing. My sweet hubby, too, he'll keep me on track when my priorities get out of whack.

    Great post!