“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut

When life gets chaotic it’s easy to focus on work, work, work… but then you risk missing out on the life part of the work-life balance equation. Our new puppy Islay (pronounced eye-la) has introduced a new level of chaos into our lives, but even though her need for constant attention has messed with my work schedule, I’m trying to enjoy all the puppy moments.

As you head into summer schedules juggling work from home and all of that, remember to make moments matter, because isn’t that what life is all about?

Watch the video below or read the edited/enhanced transcript that follows, and remember to embrace the moments that matter.

Hey, Michelle Cederberg here with a short message around keeping perspective and trying not to take life too seriously when life gets chaotic. Especially when the chaos is wrapped up in positives. As you can see in my life, we’ve recently acquired a puppy. This is Islay (pronounced eye-la). She has pretty much run rampant in our lives the last ten days, and we’re just getting used to the new schedule.

And so I thought I’d talk this week about how you make adjustments when life throws you these kinds of wonderful disruptions. We’re certainly loving having a dog in the house again, but we’ve had to change how we work, we’ve had to change our schedules, we’ve had to adjust to the ‘new normal’.

You’ve heard that term ‘new normal’ a lot as you’ve adjusted to Covid-19; with homeschooling, working from home and all of those things that I’m sure you’ve had to deal with these past months. With all of those challenging adjustments I’m sure you’d agree that a lot of positives have come out of the changes too; more time with family, a slower pace of life, pandemic bread! Which is why it’s important to remember that it’s the moments that matter.

I could be saying to myself, “Oh my gosh, puppy is such an inconvenience, I’m not getting any work done, and I’m behind on everything.” which is all true, but the moments that matter right now are that this little fur bundle is bringing a lot of joy back into our house after we lost our precious Lilly-dog late last year. Islay is a handful, make no mistake, but she is also a lot of fun, and she’s reminding my husband and I to slow down and enjoy the moments. Puppies grow up even faster than children.

So as you’re heading into summer schedules and changes to the kids’ schedules, and still trying to figure out how to do this ‘work from home’ thing, remember to pay attention to the special moments, because they are what truly matter.

I am sure trying to get my work done, but at the same time, I’m surrendering to Islay’s schedule and the needs of an energetic puppy. How bad would it be if we allowed ourselves to be less hectic once in a while to enjoy the things around us that matter the most?

Until next time I’m Michelle Cederberg reminding you we’ve got one chance to do this life. I say Dare to Live it Big and dare to make those moments matter even with the chaotic ….  Puppy Cam! There she is!

… Until next time.

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Michelle Cederberg, CSP, MKin, BA Psyc



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