January 04, 2018


Killing it- Slaying- Hustling- Getting Shit Done.

We’ve all been hearing and were using a lot of these phrases in 2017, and it seems we are constantly surrounded by stories of amazing, go-getting, high-achieving women.

Whilst we agree it’s important to be ambitious and feel fulfilled, constantly multitasking and being busy can feel overwhelming and like you are a hamster on a wheel, never stopping. We’ve definitely had those moments and at times felt burnt out. 

So when we read Kat Poole’s Emerald Street Editor's letter this week talking about how achievement can be satisfying but also addictive, it really struck a chord with us. Kat explains the buzz she gets from getting things done, enjoying ‘the consistency of my ever-busy life’ and how it can be ‘difficult - unsettling, even – to have a quiet, unoccupied mind’.

She describes how every day last year she wrote a ridiculously long to-do list and understandably never managed to achieve everything on there, which left her feeling inadequate. This year, Kat has made a vow to be more realistic and let things happen at the pace they should. 

So, what are some practical tips we can use to be calmer in what seems like a busy world? In “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down”, writer and Zen Buddhist teacher Haemin Sunim provides some brilliant words of advice, wisdom and short prompts for meditation to help us, including:

  • ‘When everything around me is moving so fast, I stop and ask, “Is it the world that’s busy, or is it my mind?”’ 
  • We neither can nor want to know every single thing that happens in the world. If we did, we would go crazy from the overload of information.
  • When you feel overwhelmed and busy, remember that you are not powerless. When your mind rests, the world also rests.
  • Those who work in a playful, relaxed manner tend to work efficiently and creatively. Those who work nonstop, driven only by stress, work without joy.

Please get in touch and let us know what you think and if you have any tips of your own- we would love to hear them. x

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