Place the oxygen mask on yourself first!  Haven’t you heard that before?  I have not posted an entry on my blog for two weeks.  I have spent this time exploring different ways to rest and relax.  I know this might seem strange.  But I have a problem taking on too much and not getting enough rest.  I wanted to blog, read, and attend networking meetings.  But I refused.  I did only what was absolutely necessary.  I had been reading a book called “The Power of Less”.  There are times I have so many balls in the air, I’m not operating in the moment.  I would drive from point A to B and not remeber the whole trip.  I’m now learning to focus on one thing at a time.  It can be really hard.  I was in church and my mind starting going in five different directions.  I had to constantly remind myself to stay focused.  So I started reducing the number of projects weekly and things that I do daily.

April 27, 2008 I had a mild stroke.  I was not sleeping and I worked seven days a week.  I didn’t know that I was doing too much.  That’s when I started to change.  I stopped working so many days a week and I began to exerise.  I get so excited about work and volunteering in the community that I forget about taking care of myself.  The world went on without me during the time I spent in the hospital and recovering.  I’m still on this journey of learning to take care of myself first.  I remind myself often that I can’t  be everywhere and I don’t have to do everything.  No matter what you do; take care of you!

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