After I earned my Master’s this past spring, I was in a professional funk. I had worked really hard this past year to complete my Master’s in Education, to the point of burning myself out. Once I had successfully defended my thesis, I did not know what I wanted to be when I grew up. With a degree in education, I was contemplating going into the educational sector…either getting out of the consulting profession OR by focusing the business on working with consultants. While I was thinking about getting back into the education sector, I was really, and I mean really, missing doing the actual solicitations. I wanted to make a big “ask!” As you can tell, I just didn’t know what I wanted and I truly was in a funk and lacking motivation for my business.
And then a magical thing happened….summer. This past summer, I have been able to spend quality time with my family. My little family went on a vacation to Canada and NYC. The trip was exhausting, but it was so much fun and it was nice for the four of us to reconnect. Since the vacation was a road trip, we enjoyed great conversations, listening to Broadway musicals and audio books, and stopping to see (and eat) whatever took our fancy. The trip gave me the opportunity I needed to get my head back into the game.
Once we came back, I started to listen to podcasts (something I had never enjoyed doing), and read books, and putz about the yard. I spent extra time with the kids and loved ones, and of this helped me to recharge my battery. And in the past few weeks, my creative juices have started to flow. The ideas that are popping up are just NONSTOP, and I’m lovin’ it!
I remember reading that it is important for us to take time to rest and relax. There was even a formula:
- Take an hour each day to rest
- Take one day each week to relax
- Every 3 months, take a week to recharge
How many of us truly take this time for our own R&R&R? We are so focused on doing it all, that in the end, we are doing less than we could and burning ourselves out. This quarter (July, August, and September), I am going to focus on being very intentional with my time, and making sure that I take the time for myself, so that I can be present for my family, and to do more with my work.
And speaking of work, in the next few months, I will have some exciting news to share! The next chapter of CTC could not have been conceived if I hadn’t take this time to R&R&R