This post, The Last 100 Days, has been such a popular one I couldn’t imagine not including it in our Encouragement of the Month series.
While I wrote it specifically to mark the last 100 days of what I thought would be the end of the pandemic, I’m realizing now the message is one that will continue to resonate for years to come.
My hope by sharing this updated version is twofold:
- 1.) You’ll see how far you’ve come
- 2.) You’ll realize it’s never too late to change the direction of your life, even in the last 100 days of the year.
As I write this, the house is completely quiet save for the sounds of rain pounding on the roof and the sides of our island cottage.
Rainy days always feel like an invitation to slow down and enjoy the moment.
So, I’m happily sitting here with a steaming cup of pumpkin spice coffee, wearing well-loved corduroys and a grandpa-style cardigan, wrapped up in cozy blankets, breathing in the sweet scent of an apple cinnamon simmer pot while our sweet rescue Piper is snuggled up at my feet.
I can hardly believe we officially usher in the Fall season today while simultaneously marking the last 100 days of the year.
It’s all flown by so fast and I don’t want to take a single moment for granted.
My family and I recently met to celebrate my nephew’s birthday. As a teenager, he’s navigating the journey of becoming a young man with relative ease.
And while we’re excited to watch him grow, I’ll admit the occasion was kind of bittersweet.
In fact, it hit my baby sister harder than expected, I think.
“Where did the time go?” she asked with an aching tenderness specifically reserved for the heart.
It was all I could do to hold it together.
But I knew exactly where the time had gone.
It went in moments.
Big ones and little ones.
Moments that were significant and moments that barely registered as mundane.
It went in late-night feedings, in too many boxes of diapers and meals made solely on mac n cheese. It went by in ordinary trips to grab donuts with sprinkles, vacations to Yellowstone, long days on the beach, time spent with Nana, Mimi camp, numerous trips to the soccer fields, horse riding lessons, cousins sleepovers, adventures ranging from mountain trails to theme parks, catching fish, reminders to finish homework, take a bath, feed the animals, to load the dishwasher and holiday events in between.
It was spent getting off track and getting back on again, loving him through each and every setback and celebrating each and every triumph.
It was thousands of tiny moments, strung together…one minute at a time…one day at a time…one week at a time…one year at a time.
Even now as I look back on the events of the past few years, I feel a sense of nostalgia thinking about all we’ve been through.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s been pure survival at times.
We’ve had to learn how to pivot and reassess, be without basics we took for granted, deal with the isolation, parent while working and teaching, adjust our budgets and way of life, look for daily silver linings while adapting to a new normal, and in some cases we’ve had to learn how to completely let go.
It hasn’t been easy.
But you guys, we’re making it and every one of those moments is something to celebrate.
I’ve often wondered why my grandparents never really talked about their lives during WW II. I always knew it was an important benchmark though because they referenced it often.
Mostly with phrases like, “before the war…” and “after the war…”
While I’m not saying our lives during the pandemic have been anything close to the horrors of World War II, this time in our lives has been significant and feels like a historical benchmark in so many ways.
For in years to come, when the days get really hard, we’ll be able to look back on these trying years and say, “If I can make it through that I can make it through anything.”
I know we’ve all handled this time differently.
Some have moved across the country, some have taken the time to rest, some are working harder than ever before, some are reconnecting with family and lost friends, while others are in the depths of deep grief.
Some have sought out new adventures and hobbies, while others are quietly rediscovering the meaning of home.
Some have even taken the bold step of reevaluating nearly every single aspect of their life and have started making important changes.
No matter how you’ve dealt with the rollercoaster ride that has become this year, there are only 100 days left to embrace.
And while there is no right or wrong way to spend the time, I want to encourage you to make the most of it.
To shake off the past 265 days, whatever they may have looked like, and fully welcome the change in season and the good things that are on the way.
- Finish what you’ve started.
- Keep your word
- Find a way to get unstuck.
- Start something you’ve been dreaming about.
- Finally address those things you’ve been putting off for years. Even the heart stuff you know will be painful to deal with.
- Find a daily ritual you truly enjoy.
- Stop doing the things you know are no longer serving your needs or the needs of your family.
- Make new memories.
- Say you’re sorry and make amends.
- Buy bigger pants.
- Learn from your failures.
- Celebrate your success.
- Create, make, bake and decorate a home you love and can thrive in.
- Decide you can.
I know at first glance 100 days might seem like a long time. It might even seem unnecessary to get so excited about a milestone in what has been a crazy year.
But on December 31st when we look back on the past 364 days, I don’t want any of us to be disappointed or feel that we didn’t do enough with the time we’ve been given.
Because the truth is, we have a chance to change it all right now.
My greatest hope is we’ll be able to take a step back and reflect on the thousands of tiny moments we strung together, minute by minute and day by day, to create a life we genuinely love.
Time is truly our greatest resource.
And this year more than any other year we’ve been presented with an extraordinary opportunity to rise to the occasion and make it count.
The question is, how do you plan to spend it?
Cheering you on as you intentionally begin stringing thousands of purpose-filled moments together as we embark on the 100 days of the year.Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.