Rest, Reflect, Recharge

I woke up this morning exhausted, groggy and  a little excited for Saturday. I got up, brewed a big mug of dark roast coffee, slipped on my favorite t-shirt dress and gazed out the window while slowly sipping my coffee. My mind kept telling me it's okay to take the time to look outside, to not constantly be checking emails, answering texts and tweeting. And there I sat, gazing out the window admiring the simplicity and beauty an easy going morning can bring.  Last night I decided to do something I hadn't done in quite some time: give away my shift. Some may think it's strange to take a day off, and lose money, to me, sometimes it's necessary. Sometimes I feel like I spread myself too thin, that I'm pulled in a million different directions. When I sat down to write this blog post, I felt that this post was necessary, because most of you can relate.

Let me just start of by saying: it's okay to take a day off.

It's more than okay to take a day off from your busy, hectic schedule because you're HUMAN. We all need to give ourselves some breathing room and just be. When most people feel like they're pulled in a million different directions, often times they feel like they're failing, and that's not the case. It's so important to be gentle and kind with yourself, especially when you're feeling overwhelmed. Whether that means you unplug, and sit outside on your deck for a few hours while reading your favorite novel or just giving yourself some quiet time alone; it's more than okay to let yourself rest. Whenever I'm feeling paralyzed by all of the things I have going on in my hectic schedule, and that I'm not doing the best I can I stop and remind myself: 

You're doing the best you can, and already doing lots of things right

 So many of us fail to credit ourselves with all that we've accomplished, not just the big successes, but the little ones too.  I can't stress the importance of giving yourself a break, and taking the time to reflect. When you allow yourself quiet time, you have a chance to reflect and recharge. 

I believe it's so important to ask yourself the tough questions and spend time analyzing the choices you've made. 

When you're feeling stuck, or like you're not sure what to do next, stop and ask yourself these questions: 1. Am I doing the best I can? 2. Is this working for me? 3. Am I happy? 4. If not, what can I do to change it? If you're not happy, if something isin't working for you, admit it and seek change. Remove any negativity, anything that doesn't make your soul happy. It's as simple as that. 

I encourage you to take a breather, and take a few moments to stop and think about your life and where you're headed. Ask yourself the tough questions, and never be afraid of change. Today I've decided to take some personal time to do just that, when will you?