Do you sometimes feel like you're just treading water in this thing called life? Or maybe you are so overwhelmed with a project or a particular thing that you just don't know where to begin?? I feel ya, girlfriend! It's a tough spot to be in and far too often we put ourselves right in that boat by over-committing, over-scheduling and saying yes when sometimes we should be a confident no!
About a year and a half ago, I made the switch from full-time work to part-time work so that I could be a more dedicated mom (ie: help with homework, get dinner on the table before bedtime, keep a cleaner house, meal plan and prep, etc. Oh, and manage this sweet little business, The Painted Pearl.) I'm a year and a half in and I've yet to figure out how to do most of the aforementioned things in that list!
And, I take the blame for that! I've chosen to use my afternoon hours and Fridays off to do things that don't necessarily fit that mold. I've used my new found "free time" to enjoy coffee or lunch with friends, schedule doctors appointments, run errands and ALL THE THINGS that keep me away from the house, which is where I've been craving to be these last few months!
I have failed to create the space to breathe.
My goal for 2019 was to take two Fridays a month and block them off as rest days. That means zero appointments, zero plans and a day to do what I feel needs to be done on my own terms and on my own time!
This past Friday was my first designated Rest Day and y'all, It. Was. Amazing.
I remember rolling over in the bed Friday morning wondering what day of the week it was (hello - one tired mother right here) and that sense of elation when I realized it was MY FRIDAY. Girl, I was as giddy as a kid in a candy shop!
I had zero plans, and yet a laundry list of things I wanted to tackle. Bonus: I got to do it in the house when no one else was there to bother me! And for some reason, that motivated me more than anything else! I tackled far more of my to-do list than I ever thought possible and for the first time in a very long time, I felt relaxed and accomplished at the end of the weekend!
Wherever you are in life, remember to carve out some time to breathe! Even if it's a small pocket of time for you, just do it!
Say YES to YOU!
xoxo ~ Courtney