“I have to make myself stop working I love it so much,” I told a friend at a coffeeshop the other day. Between nurturing the Power Chicks community and growing my own small business, it’s true: I enjoy my work – a lot! So much, I’m not always willing to say, “Work day’s over; time to relax.” Nor am I always willing to say, “Weekend’s here; time to chill.”
Which seems – unwise at best.
See, I’ve sort of been on a marathon run with stuff lately. Getting this new website launched was a major undertaking. And, I’ve been planning more events for the Power Chicks Biz Talk series. Meanwhile, my own small business, Marketing Shebang, is humming away with client work. All of which is lovely –lovely! – yet somedays, when I push-push-push myself, I get tired. Cranky. Even a tad bit burned out.
If I’m all about empowering women – which I am! – I need to empower myself first. And you can’t continually run a marathon, right? You’d be totally outta breath and energy and eventually keel right over. So, I’m thinking I need to slow myself down to the nice easy jog. A jog with lots of room for down time, family and friend time, me time.
You know the airline spiel, how the flight attendants tell you to put your air mask on before you help others? That image keeps coming to me: grabbing the mask, pressing it to my face, drawing air deep into my body, being energized and nourished and then helping others around me. ‘Cause if I’m out of breath, I can’t very well lead a community of Power Chicks into big, bold lives, now can I? (Tweet this tidbit!)
I’m starting small. Today, I established office hours to keep my work from spilling into my personal life. Since I have a home office, it can be uber-easy to be on my laptop all the time! But with these new hours, my plan is to close my door (with my computer safely inside) and be a mom, wife, friend, sister – and most of all just be me – when my hours are over.
I feel good about this decision. Really good! (Hmm, that James Brown song just came to mind.) Self-care is hugely important to our lives as women and also business owners and professionals. I see so many people just go-go-go-go. Go. To what end? So we can arrive at the end of our day, our week, or our lives outta breath and energy and ready to keel over?
Not worth it, lovelies. Not in my own life, and not in yours, either.
Think about what you can do in your own life to build more self-care and nurture into your days. Do you need to be more intentional about how many hours you’re working? Do you need to build creativity and playfulness into your life? Are you getting your physical needs met as far as eating well and exercising?
Self-care is a journey for me, and likely for you, too. I’ll keep you posted on my path – and I’d love to hear about yours, too.
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