When was the last time that you were in “time-out”? I don’t mean the type of time-out that your parents used to put you in when you misbehaved as a child. I mean, when was the last time that you took time out to do something that made you feel whole and that you really enjoyed? I’ll start by sharing a little about my recent experience. As a disclaimer (not that I even need to give one), I love the work that I do, but my fellow entrepreneurs and mental health professionals would agree that although we love and are passionate about what we do, our work can be draining sometimes. So when I had the opportunity over the past week to take a few days off, spend time with loved ones, and explore one of my favorite cities, I jumped on it. And ya know what? It was awesome! I spent time in green spaces, ate cupcakes, went to museums, sat in a library and read a book (Yes, people still do that!), danced to Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" in an ice cream parlor while waiting to use the restroom (Talk about nostalgia!), and did a TON of walking (Ya girl’s feet are tired!!!). I laughed a lot and found joy in the company of positive, beautiful people. These types of experiences, for me, are what make life worth living. What are you doing to add joy to your journey? What are you doing to add flavor to your life?
When we intentionally spend our time in ways that reflect our values, we experience the most joy and satisfaction in life. Raise your hand if you agree that the “all work, no play” mindset just doesn’t cut it. Raise your hand again if time away from work helps you to refocus your energy, feel rejuvenated, and reflect on your passions. You can’t see me, but I raised my hand on both of those. :) Raise your hand for a third time if, after reading this article, you’re going to commit to making more time for that which fills your cup. Perhaps that would mean taking a bubble bath a few nights each week or making time in your schedule to have lunch with your mother every week. Only you can define what time-out means to you. Honestly, I would be in time-out most of the time if I could. Being in time-out reminds me that life is precious--far too precious to be spent constantly stressed out, frustrated, and burned out. Time-out reinforces my humanity and affirms the power of being fully present, aware, and alive. It’s funny because during my time-out over the past few days, I visited a place called “Time Out”. The food was delicious, and so was the conversation I shared with friends and family on a rooftop with amazing views. Oh, and I can’t forget about the carousel ride that helped me reconnect with my inner child!
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Life is meant to be lived, and we were created to love the lives we live. If you feel like you need help creating a life that you love or reconnecting with yourself and what you’re most passionate about, check out my new online course, go to therapy, do some journaling, or just spend a few quiet moments outside. Whatever you do, always make time for time-out.
As always, Live Mindfully. Love Intentionally. Thrive Splendidly. ®