It’s easy to get burnt out quickly, right? I sure feel it at times with a full time job, working out, I’m part of Meetup groups, 2 Mastermind groups, I blog, have a wonderful boyfriend, read in my spare time, and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, I truly love being busy, it’s when I’m most productive, but sometimes it can be downright exhausting . I’m the type of person who needs a full 8 hours of sleep each night to feel fully rested. A total grandma. But I listen to my body and respect its needs in order to be at my utmost best. I strive to grow professionally and personally each and every day and in order to do so I need to take time to recuperate.
This picture was taken on my trip to Paris in 2007. It’s probably my favourite picture for a few reasons: it’s cool (let’s be honest) and it evokes memories from the best holiday I’ve taken to date. On this day I decided to go to a local farmer’s market and grab a full French baguette, some delicious cheese, and scrumptious chocolates. Goodies in hand I then sauntered on down to the Luxembourg Gardens where I set up my picnic and basked in the warm sun. This day will stick with me for the rest of my life. I have this picture as the desktop background on my computer to remind me to breathe and slow down when I feel life getting overwhelming at times.
In this fast paced world we push our limits in order to be better than we were yesterday. We aren’t only competing with our peers, our coworkers, our classmates from high school we don’t keep in touch with but see all over social media, but we’re also competing with ourselves. The desire to beat our personal best can take a toll if were not cognitive of a well rounded lifestyle.
A mentor of mine told me a great motto to live by. He said, “I work to live, I don’t live to work.” I couldn’t agree more. Life is far too short to let work consume you. Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the death of my best friend. He struggled with bone cancer for 7 years and it finally got the better of him last February. Unfortunately, most of us let tragic situations like this happen before we start to appreciate the little things.
So, stop and smell the bees!