Do what is in front of you

Do what is in front of you. Not what’s years or days or hours or even seconds away. Just what’s right here. Right now. I personally spend a lot of time not in the here and now. My brain likes to go roaming into the future. To plan where my 3-year-old will go to preschool. To plan a (kids free) vacation for my husband and I…in 2023. Sometimes I’m so busy with these types of plans that I forget to be where I am. So today I’m reminding myself to look up and look around and engage with that.

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for major digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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