It’s a busy season, for sure. Kids are back in school. Holidays are on the way and the pace of work picks up to an end of year crescendo.

As I sit here listening to romantic french music and enjoying a candlelight dinner, it occurs to me that cooking a nice meal at home on a weeknight no less, matters. Going to my yoga class, when I really didn’t feel like it – matters. Taking time to talk to a friend in need today even though I was swamped at work – matters.

It’s called making time to nourish my spirit, my body and my relationships.

I have learned when things are the most hectic, that is when I need to listen to that gentle inner voice; the voice that whispers “Slow down, be kind to yourself. Relax”. For too many years as a single parent, I ignored that voice and pushed myself to exhaustion. I had to.

But not anymore. What about you friend? Are you pushing yourself to finish the next thing on your to-do list? Are you totally exhausted by the time friday comes around? If so, then I would say it’s time to reevaluate.

Make some time to reflect on what really matters to you: where and how do you feel most content, relaxed and at peace? These are good questions to ask ourselves from time to time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race, as some put it. I hope this post has encouraged you to do as my son says “Smell the roses”.
Until next time, keep the faith, keep smiling and keep looking up!

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