Monday Words: You Can Do Anything But…

Monday Words: You Can Anything, but you cannot do everything. More on The Fresh Exchange.

We have a saying around here that is pretty simple, “You can do anything, but you cannot do everything.” It has been a lesson Mike and I have had to learn first hand in our lives. We spent time trying to do it all and having it all. Around the time I got pregnant with Hayes, we started realizing how having a child in our lives was going to change that chase. We knew things would need to shift in our brains in order to make room for him in our lives. That was when we made the shift and started asking ourselves what is it that we wanted most? What is it that was going to bring us contentment and the greatest joy? What did we really want? What a gift to ask that question of yourself isn’t it? We all have that opportunity and I think it is easy to forget.

Realizing that we could do anything, just not everything was one of the most freeing things in my life. It was what drove our move, made us decide to build our home, and is the filter of everything we do in our lives now. It is the better, not more idea in life and may possibly be one of the greatest ways to feel free in life.

Since then, this motto has stuck around in our house. It is a motto that has brought us the clearest idea of the life we want for our family, ourselves, and made us define goals in ways we had never before. It is amazing how just a simple reframing in life can make it all so clear.

Do you have a motto that you say to yourself? I would love to hear!!

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  1. I recently found your blog through howsweeteats (another blog i follow). it could not have come at a more perfect time. this week i have been overwhelmed, stressed and emotionally exhausted. reading this post (i read year of transformation first) has made me rethink (again) what i need to prioritize in my life right now.
    in college, someone once told me to “do what is necessary, not what is nice” during the times i felt overwhelmed etc. as someone who is high achieving and feels responsible to a fault, these words carried me through some tough decisions. another one i like is “I can, I will, I am.” the “I am” part i only add on when the event/situation/whatever is taking place.
    thank you for your words, i will be following for more πŸ™‚

    1. Lady I hear ya. I am a high achiever. I have to do and see success. It has been hard as a mother when I feel I had to slow down. I think the culmination of the last few years has taught me is that we have to celebrate the successes big or small. Every step forward is a step forward even when it feels like we fall backward. I think social media makes it worse all the time. Sometimes stepping away. Quietting your soul and living with all the demons is important too. Give yourself that grace. I wrote another post on Instagram you might like here as well.

  2. I love this so much, Megan! It’s so true. It reminds me that just because you do everything on the list, it doesn’t mean they were the most important important things. I actually downloaded this quote and is currently my screen saver on my work computer. πŸ™‚ I think my motto changes with the seasons and life stages. Our good friends got a card for us last year to thank us for our hospitality and just being good friends. It’s a simple post card that says “There is always something to be thankful for.” It’s simple, to the point, and one we hear all the time, but very difficult to live by. It’s on my fridge for a year now and it’s still our motto. πŸ™‚ There are a lot of unhappiness in my workplace, but I try to keep perspective and look outside of my professional career. When I do this, I realize there IS always something to be thankful for…. like this gorgeous weather we are having! It’s also a reminder that just because one area of our life is not going well, this doesn’t mean everything is bad. This is rarely the case.

  3. Mine is “The Sun Will Shine AGAIN”. I’ve been Trough Some Tuff Times When I Couldn’t See My Way Out… But Suddenly It’s IN The Past, Life Is Better, You’re Happy, And Life Moves On. So When I’m Down, I Remind Myself That The Sun Will Shine AGAIN; I Will Be Happy And Content Again.

  4. I love this mantra! I have heard this quote before and it is so true. THere are so many phrases I have drawn inspiratino from in the past, but one that I like to tell myself often is this: Be Kind. Shine a Light. Speak Your Truth. THank you for sharing this!

  5. Mine is “done is better than perfect.” Some people will fuss over things, or plan and plan but never execute. I think it comes down to fear of failure–if they finish then they’ll be judged and they don’t want to be found wanting. But I figure nothing is perfect and someone can always find fault if they are inclined to, so just get things done.Planning is good, but plans that aren’t followed by action are called dreams.

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