I don’t know about you, but I am one of those people who needs a good solid 6 per night or I am a vicious gal. Let’s face it, sleep deprivation doesn’t look good on anyone and most of us don’t give our sleep habits a second thought when we are thinking about our health. Now that the holidays are approaching and we are staring at some relaxing time surrounded by our friends and loved ones, (yeah RIGHT!) I think it’s a great time to look at our sleeping arrangements and if need be, make some adjustments. Personally, I have a busy 2015 on tap – physically and mentally…guess what I need to be able to make everything happen that is on my calendar? Yep – sleep. [Read more…]
Just over four years ago, my world crumbled. In one last breath, with my sister and I at her side, my mom died. She was my world. She didn’t just suddenly pass. She had suffered a gut wrenching 2 year fight with colon cancer and I watched every second of it. It wasn’t pretty on any level. Despite my family’s uncanny ability to always be the Mary Poppins type, her death left me very angry. [Read more…]
Around this time of year, I find that I spend a bit of time evaluating. I look over the past year and try to find ways to improve myself. I find the things that I should do more of as well as consider the things that I should release. Not everything is in our best interest for growth. Somethings, we need to change. And somethings we need to get better at.
2016 seemed to be the year that I found contentment and learned how to begin saying “No”.
It was a much needed practice for me because I tend to over commit myself. I hate disappointing people so for me, always saying yes seemed to be the best way to keep that from happening. Only, I found out at the beginning of the year that I was putting my own health in jeopardy by doing so. I was burnt out. My bod was rebelling and let’s not even get into my stress levels.
This year I cut back my teaching schedule and really focused on bringing quality classes and workshops to my clients. I took on a few more private clients in effort to still offer a very personalized service to them and in the end, I feel that I am teaching even better than I was when I had more time on the teaching floor.
I am still struggling with well meaning people who think that I need to bring more classes or have more opportunities however, I have learned to graciously explain that I love my current schedule and am really seeking out quality opportunities. Offering better bits of myself in the process. We don’t always have to do A LOT to feel valued. For me, I just needed deep connections with the clients that I have.
Yes, I still take on new clients. Yes, I still entertain opportunities. But I also feel pretty comfy referring others to my colleagues, knowing in the end, that their health is more important to me than the few dollar signs that would be added to my paycheck.
This year, while slower paced, has been one of huge amounts of growth for me. I have found my groove learning to balance my classes. I have more energy to write, interact and chase new dreams. Today as I ponder this past year, I find it interesting that in order to grow, I had to slow down.
Have you had a year that you weren’t expecting? Has it been a good shift or adjustment? More importantly, how are you feeling now, as you look back?