Step In Time: A Guest Post from the West Coast

One of my favorite Disney movies ever is Mary Poppins… for various reasons, which we don’t need to go into now (see photo below for one of said reasons). One of my favorite songs in the movie is the chimney sweep anthem “Step In Time”. It’s definitely been ringing in my head (along with the other awesome songs on Hayley’s playlist for this month) as I’ve made a concentrated effort on getting my daily steps in. It also happens to serve as a clever tie-in to one of my major lessons for this month… time.

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See, last month was hard because I love sugar, like REALLY love sugar. So it was sad to walk by all the beautiful Cadbury eggs and cupcake shops and convince myself that I wanted nothing to do with them. Mind you, since last month I’ve still done really well with steering clear of unnecessary sugar intake, and I feel much better for it, but it was hard for a while there. But I actually love walking. I love stepping out of my house and getting that fresh air and feeling relaxed and purposed at the same time. So this month should have been totally awesome for me, right?

Wrong. It was unbelievable how hard it was some days to put in the extra TIME required to make my daily goal. I set a personal goal of 10,000 steps/day so that I could challenge myself a bit more. Weekends have not been too difficult (I typically will do a 5-mile hike most Saturdays) so that alone would exceed my daily goal. But those dang week days…

I tend to be a bit of a work-a-holic. Plus, I have a movie that I’m trying to promote that basically owns me right now, so I exist in front of the computer just watching the emails roll in and out like the tide. I get so bogged down in doing work and getting on conference calls that I have found myself in a battle to step away. I think, “Ugh, I don’t have time to walk the dog around the block, I’ll just run her out and let her go potty and come right back in.” I mean, there are days I don’t eat lunch because I won’t leave my desk—did I mention that I work from home so I literally only have to walk about 15 steps from my “office” to my kitchen? But this is my way of thinking. I start crossing things off my to-do list and I get tunnel vision.

The craziest and the most detrimental part of thinking like this is that I’m actually much happier working after a good stroll around the neighborhood. The fresh air, the moment away from the ding of the inbox, it clears my head and I’ve found I’ve gotten some of my most creative ideas in my short walks around the block—not to mention I have a much happier little pup!

All of this got me thinking about how often we do this in life. How we avoid things that are not only good for us but that we actually ENJOY and make us happy, just because we get too bogged now in the immediate and pressing things that are right in front of us. It’s been an important reminder that doing what makes you happy, stepping away and taking some time for yourself actually SERVES the other areas of your life more. It refocuses me, it makes me better and I’m able to better prioritize my time when I step away than when I plow through at a non-stop rate. Why? Because that’s how God made us!

We are creative creatures, made in His image and being out in His creation reconnects us with Him and with the most generous, creative and passionate parts of ourselves. It connects us with the best parts of ourselves! Ultimately this has to re-define how I value my time. If a quick 10-15 minute walk can inspire me so much, isn’t that a better use of my time than using that 10-15 minutes to keep hitting refresh on my inbox to see if that email I was waiting for has come through yet? So get out there, take some time to do something for yourself, something calming and thought provoking and maybe a little challenging… I say take the time, step outside… or just “Step In Time”.

Erin Bethea

Erin is an actress, producer, cupcake lover and proud mother of two dangerously co-dependent fur babies based in Los Angeles. Follow her adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

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