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When was the last time you said Yes?
I can tell you that for me it was just a few days ago when I finally muted the phone and left it in another room, turned the tv off, put a record on and enjoyed some honest reflection while indulging with some hearty soup. Good flavors & reflection does the heart so much good.
Lately it’s been a struggle to find true balance in my life.
My work life has been bleeding into my home life and the challenge has been finding that good give and take where I don’t feel overwhelmed, under-productive, or insignificant. I keep busying my mind with all of the things I need to cross off of my to-do list instead of saying “YES” to making intentional downtime to calm my mind, body, and spirit. I’ve started noticing that the more I say ‘yes’ to that dedicated space of my day where I am saying yes to reflection; my spirit is more free, my body more energized, and my mind more joyful.
It all started with another morning feeling like I just couldn’t get it all done.
The alarm went off and I hit the ground running to get everything done. Answering all of the emails, reading all of the blog posts, educating myself on the latest social changes, reaching out to clients, updating my websites, researching new areas and client bases…the list goes on and on and on. Lunchtime finally rolled around and I realized I had been staring at screen for hours without so much as even checking in with myself to see how I was doing. I walked downstairs to see what I was going to fuel my body with and I remembered I had picked up some Well Yes!® Soups at my most recent trip to The Big Y; which has been my favorite grocery store since moving to the NorthEast – they are so good at supporting local! I decided on the Butternut Squash Apple Bisque for lunch that day and would definitely be eating some of the sweet potato corn chowder the next day. WellYes! is a line of soups made with nutritious ingredients, like chicken meat with no antibiotics, sweet potatoes, kale, and quinoa and it doesn’t skimp on the flavor; these soups are seriously delicious!
After pouring the soup into a pot to warm I went over to the record player and put on some Johnny Swim to play in the background.
I decided in that moment that I was going to actually be present for lunch that day. I wasn’t going to spend the time scrolling through my phone, watching another episode on the tv, or even listen to an audio book; I was going to enjoy my meal and reflect on where I am in life right now. This would be my new moment of Yes.
As I start thinking about all the changes and adventures that await in 2018 I can’t help but sometimes feel a little overwhelmed, out of sorts, and running on empty.
I am the type of women who pushes herself to always do something, be somewhere, and connecting with someone; yet rarely do I really make that most precious time to reflect internally. This new year I really want to be intentional with making “yes moments” at least a few times a week. I’ll be realistic in knowing that some weeks the hustle and bustle will catch up with me and I’ll fall into bed at night realizing that I didn’t take those few minutes to check in with myself; but I’ll make the effort to try again the next day.
Self care is so important.
I’ve found that more often than not we care for the needs of others before making sure that we’re safely floating above the water as well. Instead of realizing too late that we’re under the water and overwhelmed; why not take some time during the week to stop, reflect, check in, and make some adjustments with what you need to do more of and what needs to be done less.
I’m not sure about you; but I’ll take some quiet time and a good bowl of soup any day to reflect.
NOW BACK TO YOU.
How are YOU making time for yourself lately?
Does taking a “moment of yes” resonate with you in the start of a brand new year?
What would those moments look like and how can I encourage you to make them happen?
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