Someone told me today that they've been thinking of me a lot the past couple of days. Their week has been exceptionally busy and it doesn't look like it will get much better before April. Amongst the busyness they began to wonder how I fit it all in.
The truth of the matter is that during my workaholic days, before starting my own business, I fit it all in by not taking care of myself. I'd work crazy long hours, not eat much and definitely didn't fit exercise in (despite the fact that there was an entire workout center right below my office!). I also ignored my kids and my husband on the days I brought the work home (which was often). There's only so long this can last before your body starts fighting back. I developed migraines and had no idea why. Years later as I look back, I wonder why I had no idea that this wasn't a way to live or work.
The me back then wanted to be perfect and wanted to fit it all in. I was so busy adding tons of things to my to-do list and striving to get it all checked off (while trying to make everyone happy) that I didn't have time to realize how, or why, changing this pattern was important.
Nearly four years later, I finally see how treating myself, my body and my family differently back then would have brought me different results. I've learned that during busy times the most important thing I can do is to take care of myself by exercising, eating well and getting enough sleep. More importantly, I've learned that some things will get done in their own due time and losing sleep to fit them in will only make things worse, not better. Lastly, I've learned that trying to hide these things to appear perfect isn't necessary because revealing them makes you seem more real.
My XMAS tree you see above is a perfect example of one of those things I've chosen to just let go lately. Yes, it's the end of the first week of February and my XMAS tree is still up. Yes, I'm sharing that in my blog for anyone on the worldwide web to see for eternity (or at least until I choose to delete the blog). As the last busy month has gone by and I've worked hard to put first things first, I've consciously chosen each day that taking down my holiday decorations wasn't something to put first.
I even had a meeting with people at my house the other day and didn't care that they were seeing my decorations. Oddly enough, one of the people at the meeting also asked me how I fit in all in. I proceeded to not only let her see my tree on the main floor but to tour her around my house. Along the tour she saw rooms that were a disaster, others that were clean and still others that were in between. I shared with her that one of the ways I fit it all in is to be alright with a not so perfect house- especially when it means I have time to rest and refresh and to spend time with my family.
The other day, I saw the picture on the right posted on Facebook by my friend Desiree. In the post, she shared that her mother gave her this for Christmas. She added that the messiest room in her house is where the magic happens. As I look around at the dining room table full of papers from a busy week, I feel blessed by all the magic that has happened this week in my business and life!
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