life tales


22 May, 2016

It’s time to refocus again. It feels like exams were replaced with a stream of socialising (including meeting my best friend’s new baby), thesis work, talk about what I am going to be doing next year (watch this space), work, family and a lot of driving around. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been lovely (not the driving in traffic part). But it’s also been a little overwhelming. Without focusing so much on uni, my eyes have been reopened to the confusing world of big scale decision making, managing a schedule that does not revolve around classes and trying to keep some sort of healthy routine so that I stay fit and well amongst it all (and the same size considering I am a bridesmaid in less than a month). 

Starting uni and having my Dad and my birthdays meant that another week flew by without the normal level of balance that I aim for. Whilst the celebrations were lovely and elongated (filled with love ones, pho and little adventures), it’s now time to take a step back and recalibrate. 

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Finding focus is one of the most important elements in achieving goals; ensuring that your focus is not too narrow or too wide. 

Focus is about making choices; about choosing the things that matter the most, prioritising and at times compartmentalising. It’s not about saying no to everything, but about saying yes to those things that are most important. Things will not always go to plan, so you have to be flexible, but I find that focus allows for persistence. It’s definitely a challenge, but a rewarding one at that. 

For me, focusing helps me to direct my attention and allows for productive creativity. Whilst limitless exploration of possibilities is great for inspiration – without limiting the scope you can often get lost and lose purpose. Focus allows you to achieve goals and to look at the bigger picture. 

I definitely need to take a moment to stop before I start.  Otherwise who knows where I’ll end up?

xx Liz 


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  • Reply Cassie 23 May, 2016 at 8:59 am

    LOVE this post–I totally agree with everything! I was just way too focused in being perfect and then if nothing went my way, I’d focus too much on my emotions and could never stop breaking down. I’m an extremist at heart and I tend to put my all in everything, both the good and bad.

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 23 May, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much Cassie. Being an extremist is both a blessing and a curse. Unfortunately with living passionately comes hurting passionately. I personally think it’s so important to live with your whole heart – as long as you work on a way of dealing with things when they don’t quite go as planned. xx

  • Reply Claire at My Pink & Green Life 23 May, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    This is spot-on! I often struggle with either focusing too much on my academics or (in terms of blogging mostly) feeling like I want to do a million things at once and then ending up not doing any of them–losing my purpose, like you said. Thank you for so eloquently capturing this feeling and the importance of focus!

    How exciting that you finally get to think about what comes after graduate school! I’m eager to hear about your plans–do keep us posted! 🙂

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 23 May, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you so much. I find that I get so overwhelmed when I am not focusing properly or when I am not focusing on the right things.
      It is exciting – hopefully I will start a PhD next year, but I am yet to decide on what to do and where. There are so many choices, but I am in the process of narrowing them down. xx

  • Reply Lisa 23 May, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Oh I am most certainly in need of some focus right now! So many distracted, stressed thoughts whirling around, so this is a great reminder. Hope all is well for you Liz! x

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