Reminder: Rest is an Essential Part of Work

Another year has passed and we’re nearly one month into the next already. Following the holiday break, I can always count on re-energized clients and associates reaching out throwing themselves (and me too) wholeheartedly into their ambitious endeavors. By mid February, most folks are already burnt out…and I tend to be one of them. But this year, I’m prioritizing down time even as I crank up work efforts. This biggest lesson 2018 taught me was that it is impossible to run on empty. I was emotionally, physically and mentally drained simply because I wasn’t taking the time to do those things that fueled my emotional, physical and mental well-being. I was filling up my quiet time with worry, regret, guilt, and more work. That’s why I especially like the following post by fellow blogger, professional and mother-of-two Sheryl Clark James which was originally posted here. 

Quiet Time

(If it’s not one of those three, then I’m pitching the ball to my budding baseball star :))

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As I’ve said before, I struggle with what to do with my time when I’m actually alone. So, I’ve just been going with the flow, guilt or not, and appreciating the time I have. Sometimes I’ll squeeze in a good fiction book, or read some Scriptures. Writing down goals, aspirations, and simply what I’m thankful for also helps me to keep a healthy perspective. There’s always something to complain about, right? So I’m making an effort to focus on the simple blessings that I usually take for granted. Sounds like a no-brainer, but I am definitely one who worries more often than not. Changing that is a slow process, but I’m improving! As stressful as kids can be, they really can motivate you to be a better person. As a parent, I want the best for them in every way possible, and modeling who I want them be is the best I can do.

Because they watch and repeat E V E R Y T H I N G. LOL.

Reminder to myself and to you– Enjoy your life, one day at a time. As awful and inconvenient as hardships can be, they are an opportunity for growth– and growth can be painful. Take a breath, and remember that both the good and bad things in life are temporary.

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