Take a Beat
It's almost been a full year since I left my corporate job and I've learned a lot in that time. I'll go into more detail about everything at my one year entrepreneurial anniversary, but for now, I want to reflect on a piece of advice I've gotten recently from my wise friend Louise: "move onto more important things like inner peace. relaxation. lack of stress."
Now, this might seem like obvious advice, but if you're like Lu or me, you understand that relaxing, letting go of the little things that bug you, meditating, and NOT moving are really difficult. As she puts it, the "big anxious balls of stress" that we are don't accept sitting still for too long. I sometimes realize that I find it near impossible to NOT work at all moments. Seriously, I feel guilty when I'm not doing something productive. I don't sit in front of the TV without answering emails, I don't exercise without answering texts, I don't even enjoy vacation without taking time out to work on freelance projects or write blog posts (hint hint, right NOW for example...).
As I sit here on my activity-free, open-scheduled vacation, I'm realizing that I need to listen to Lu when she says my health depends on finding this inner peace. She's right; sometimes you need to take a beat, enjoy a delicious meal, and just SHUT IT ALL OFF. Without those moments of silence, we will never recharge. We will never find inspiration in the world around us. And most importantly, we will never enjoy the life that's sitting right in front of us.
WITH THAT SAID... It's not my time to burn out. I'm going to go enjoy my vacation, and allow myself these moments of inner peace that I deserve!
Photos by Rachel Leiner