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Proportional Priorities

(I didn't make this saying up, it's been floating around. But I did add the last part and then make it pretty :-P also, it doesn't entirely make sense with my post, but just go with it, k?)

Sometimes, we spend time a priority-amount-of-time on things that should only be options. We're spending the most amount of time on the least important things. Ya know what I mean? This goes for people (been there, done that with boyfriends), clothes (can't I get another pretty impractical cocktail dress even though I never go to cocktails ever?), and commitments (just one more TV show, that's all!). None of these things are pulling their weight for priority status (they shouldn't demand all of our time/closet space/energy).

Case in point: I started writing this "deep" blog post about priorities. And then I proceeded to spend OVER an HOUR creepin' on Facebook photos. I'm not even kidding. Raw honesty. Things be gettin' real. Ahem. 

Life and closets have a lot in common, metaphorically. I alluded to this idea in the Life:Beautiful article: create a closet that is mostly filled with pieces that work well in the space/place in life where you spend most of your time. Spend the majority of your money on pieces that will serve you well day in and day out. 

Then, too, we should spend the majority of our time on the most important things, and less time and energy on the less important things. Mind-blowing, right? If by mind-blowing I mean, incredibly simple and face-palm-worthy. Which I do. Why is it so easy to let our priorities become disproportionate with our time and energy? 

Consider this, also: The less-important things are not BAD things, in general. They are just LESS important. Facebook is not a bad thing, in and of itself. Have a Facebook check-in now and then with a cup of tea to relax. No biggie.Have a few fancy frocks in your wardrobe that are incredibly impractical for your workaday life. They make you happy.
 But when the majority of your closet becomes impractical frocks, your morning becomes a frustrated routine of "I have nothing to wear!" drama while staring into a packed-full closet. 
Likewise, an evening filled with Facebook-checking leaves a time-crunched, unfocused girl who says, "I don't have time to write blog posts!" 

Silly Natalie. Of course you have time to write blog posts! But you might not have as much time for Facebook.

And so it goes with other areas of my life, too.

Where are you investing your time? 
Where are you investing your clothing budget?
Do they both line up with your priorities
or are you facing some of the same struggles I am, and needing to differentiate between the things I am letting be priorities, but are really more "option" level?

xo

4 comments:

Shaunessy said...

Natalie,

THANK YOU! I am a college student who loves seeing new posts from Good Girl Style pop up on my Google Reader. :-) I haven't commented before, but wanted to thank you tonight for this reminder. As I study for a big anatomy test tomorrow I am getting overwhelmed and open the laptop for a break...which I've already had way too many of. Grades are more important than FB and blogs and the Anthropology website, though! I get so sidetracked, and it is wrong. God calls me to do all things to His glory, and I have not been doing that this evening with my studying. So, even though I read this via my procrastination, thank you for this well-timed post. :-) I am back to the books! God bless, so glad I found your beautiful blog!

Shaunessy

Fashionatalie said...

Hi Shaunessy,

You are so sweet to take the time to write! It just makes my day :-) I'm so glad to hear that God is using His words through my blog to touch people. I really hope your anatomy test went well! Keep on keepin' on, summer break is in sight!

xo,
Natalie

Katyjoy said...

I also want to say THANK YOU!!! I have noticed that you dont get alot of comments on your blog posts... but today is the day I want you to know that I APPRECIATE the time and energy you give to post encouraging words and modest fashion inspiration and thrify- budget- tips!!! You are on my "Favorites" list and love checking in! I am a "mostly" stay-at-home mom and it can be VERY easy to waste time on options instead of priorities.

Natalie said...

Aww, Katyjoy! Thank you so much for this lovely comment that has really inspired me! Words of encouragement are such a breath of fresh air, and I so appreciate your taking the time to write!

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