How to Cope With Being Too Busy.

Today we’re joined by Danielle Dowling, Los Angeles based relationship and lifestyle guru, talking to us about being too freakin’ busy and how to unleash your #1 essential resource.

I’m stuffed.

I run around like a mad woman. I’m intense, focused.

Hey, I got somewhere to be, so speak quick.

There is a laundry list of responsibilities: Work + graduate school,
friends, family, gym + boyfriend. And yup, it’s all full-time.

Sound familiar?

With every inch of the day packed to the hilt with to-do’s + distractions–
does it ever leave you wondering who is at the steering wheel?

The truth is we’re distracted. Overbooked, over agenda-ed, too popular for our own good. However you wanna slice + dice it, we’re too. frickin’. busy.

Who has the time to tap into their innate power, when we’re numbed out by the demands of work, domestic chores, excessive indulgences (TV, alcohol, drugs, shopping, sex) and complaining + blaming? (Yep, those take time + energy, too.)
Me, you – we are all overstuff — to avoid feeling a particular set of perhaps unsettling thoughts + revelations.

So what are we hiding from when we avoid awake-ness? When we cram our days to the gills?

From our POWER, of course. Busyness is not only a weapon against pain, but the ultimate distraction from our own innate power.

I’m practicing silence + making space.

I’m learning to be generous to my true nature.

I have discovered that when I slow down…
…stay home, leave the TV off, turn the ringer off, open the windows, light a candle, BREATHE…
I am not enveloped by my pain, but rather sharply aware of my infinite power.

My agency. My authority. My ability to choose, and create.

The road to self enlightenment + actualization is yours to define.

Exercise the courage to NOT fill up your space. (or, fill ‘er up less)
The joy that is YOU is here in this place. Without any accessories, activities or ‘extras.’

Be spacious. Be empty. Be quiet.

Believe me, it’s good.

Let’s all take it slow today shall we?


  1. Meggsie 5 years ago

    Very pertinent to me today – recovering from a stress induced migraine and no sleep. Decided to bake a cake do a load of washing etc. Why can’t I just lie down rest and read a book. Thank you. iPad down, laundry to be ignored, off to bed with the cat. Thank you. Thank you!!!!!!!

    • Smaggle 5 years ago

      Good girl! That was the point! Danielle knows her shit.

  2. Anonymous 5 years ago

    God, this is so me. I am always doing something and I am making myself a mess in the process. Tonight I am going to take a bath and read a battered copy of Bridget Jones’ Diary and just BE for a little while. 

    I have a day scheduled to just ‘be’ in a few weeks. I am going down to the beach and do nothing for the first time in quite a while. 

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