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!