You see an old friend, someone you haven’t seen in awhile. You walk up, say “hey”, and give a quick hug. Then immediately the almost-scripted conversation takes place.

“How you’ve been?” they ask.

“Oh you know” you reply, “I’ve been pretty busy.”

It’s amazing how everyone is “busy”. The word busy is used so much it hardly has any meaning anymore. Take the single mom who has three kids and works two jobs to provide for her family. Then take the college student who goes to class during the day, does all his homework last minute, then parties on the weekend. Both of them would probably tell you they are busy.

If we were to eliminate the word busy from our vocabulary, we could be more honest about what we are actually doing with our lives. See, it’s not so much we are busy. We all just fill up the hours in a day with our priorities. Whether it be family and friends, work or your phone, you can always tell what is priority based on how much time you give to it.

We know there are certain things we’re supposed to do. Workout. Read the Bible. Spend time with your family. But too often none of these things happen because we say “I don’t have the time” or “I’m too busy.”

Yet if we were to really write out every single thing we do throughout all the minutes of the day, we’d probably be surprised by how much time we actually have available. And if you really don’t any room in your schedule, then you simply have to make time to fit in the things which truly matter. You might have to sacrifice things like Netflix or sleep, but you can find the time to do whatever needs to get done.

This applies to the things we want to do too. You got a book you want to write, that side business you want to start, or maybe you just want to spend more time adventuring with your loved ones. If your dream is going to come true, it has to be made a priority. Don’t be afraid to let go of some hobbies, routines, or time wasters so you can work toward and achieve your goals.

All this applies to me personally because while my freelance filmmaking business has been growing, personal projects such as my podcast and youtube channel have been neglected. For example, my youtube channel has basically become a dumping ground for whatever freelance projects I create. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just not what I want anymore.

So starting this month, my goal is to consistently post content intentionally created for both of these platforms. I think it would be cool for my blog posts like this, youtube videos, and podcasts to be connected by telling stories on the same topic or theme. And obviously, these stories will include my brother as well. That’s where my thought process is right now, I’m still working out the details.

Either way I know as storyteller, this is what I want. And my prayer for you is that you figure out who you are and what you want as well. Then you can wisely fill your days with the right priorities and by doing so, tell a beautiful story with your life.