I haven’t blogged in what feels like FOREVER. In reality, it has only been a couple of months. I would say that I’m sorry, but I’m really not. I want that to come across in the kindest way possible, but at the end of the day, I don’t have any guilt or regrets about taking time for myself and restructuring my priorities.
Let me elaborate.
Going into the summer months, I made a conscious decision to devote my time and energy to the most important things in my life – those being the things nearest to me/my day to day life. My family, my classes, my clients at the time, my job, and most importantly, me. I absolutely love sharing who I am and what I do with the world, but social media comes with its pros and its cons, and I knew that if I didn’t take a step back for awhile, I wouldn’t ever achieve the things I set out to achieve before this year is over.
So I made it a priority to do just that. Instead of frequently blogging, I continued to share my voice via Instagram and Facebook. Instead of posting every workout I was doing, I worked hard in silence, and did something else with that awesome content. Instead of posting every single thing I was eating, I started using SnapChat to capture more of my diet and day to day life.
Interestingly enough, I cleared some things from my plate, only to have some bigger and better things take their place (I’ve had some pretty exciting things happen over the course of the last few months). With all of that being said, I took a minute to reflect tonight, and realized just how much I actually do, both mentally and physically, in a week, let alone a single day!!
Please don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not saying this to brag or boast, but I wear a lot of hats. And the reason I decided to sit down and share my feelings at all, is because I know it’s not just me – you wear the hats as well, and life can be overwhelming at times . My point is that every single minute of your day is precious and the way you are spending your time is valuable. If you have goals in life, maybe it is time to do some self reflecting. It is ok to spend more time offline, and less time worrying about what everyone else on social media is doing. It is ok to put yourself first, leave the laundry until tomorrow, skip a workout, have a glass of wine, or indulge in that tasty snack you’ve been craving. I’m not saying you should pack up and stay there, but it is ok to be human, and it is ok to have “off days.”
I’m still a work in progress, and my days are far from perfect, but I have learned a lot about myself over the last few months that I truly believe has conditioned me both mentally and physically into a stronger, happier, more focused person.
I will leave you this….tonight I was about to attempt some yoga. Technology was clearly not on my side in any way, shape, or form today, so I shut it off, and just laid there instead. In silence. Breathing, praying, decompressing, and just focusing on existing in that moment, something I rarely take time to do. Because I have been actively working on being more mindful of my needs, I knew this was just where I needed to be. Sure, I didn’t get to do the EXACT yoga session I had planned, but by taking a step back and staying present, I was still able to get some stretching in and I was able to quiet my mind – which in turn inspired this blog post!!
So the next time something isn’t quite going your way, you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed, or it’s just an “off day” – maybe you need to take a step back. You have my permission – I fully support you – it is more than OK!!