Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. —Lao Tzu
Sometimes, life has a way of forcing you to slow down.
Trust me when I say that I’ve fought hard to keep my head above water and stay positive since 2020 started. Even after the great coaching calls I’ve been going through, I still ended up having a good cry fest a few weeks ago.
I just broke down one day.
Truthfully, I couldn’t take it anymore and just needed a moment to cry my eyes out and throw myself a pity party. Why? Because everything was happening all at once and I couldn’t control any of it, not even a little bit.
Then I read somewhere that…Life isn't happening TO you, it's happening FOR you. Click To Tweet
Okay then. But I’m still going to let myself throw a pity party (the goal is to not wallow in it too long).
And for my regulars around here, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting consistently on this blog or my social media platforms lately.
I had to do what was right for me.
Today, I wanted to share some real talk with you by chatting about time well spent as well as catch you up on my life lately.
My health has been my top priority as soon as 2020 started. With the stress I’ve been dealing with, I’ve been getting three to five hours of sleep a night for weeks on end. I know. That’s pretty bad.
Needless to say, I’ve been working really hard to get back on my sleep schedule. I even traded time at the gym for sleep and that says a lot because I hate missing the gym.
After my first 5K run of the year, I’ve also been working on getting through my chiropractor visits. Being sore (which is expected), light-headed, and dizzy after adjustments have been difficult for me. I got dizzy and almost fell last week in between sets. And that’s with me taking it very slow and easy at the gym!
Aside from lack of sleep, the after effects of my adjustments have been the main reason why I’ve hardly published any new posts on here, sent out my weekly newsletters, shared anything on my social media channels, or gone anywhere.
Taking the time to heal has been time well spent for sure.
On the positive side of things, my water intake has continued to improve. Yay!
HEALTH – BEAUTY
With how tired I’ve been, I haven’t been sticking with my beauty routine at all. I’ve been coming home to shower, change into my pajamas, wash my face, combat my dark circles with this miracle of an under eye gel, moisturize with either this Jet Lag mask or this lightweight adaptive moisture lotion and fall into bed.
Thank God for amazing products that work during times like these, am I right?!
CAREER / BLOGGING
Just because I haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean that I haven’t brainstormed on content ideas. This photo above is actually the first time I’ve styled and photographed a piece of content in what feels like ages.
It’s not that I don’t love blogging anymore. I still do, very much so. Actually, I’ve been challenged by my coach to do more of what makes me happy. Expect more posts!
As for my day job, I’m still ready to call it quits and switch industries because I’m over retail. A lot has happened at my company lately and it’s obvious that things will continue to change that may not benefit me career-wise or financially. For now, it makes sense to actively look and research the industry I’m interested in venturing into while I watch to see where the chips will fall at my current employer.
Over a month ago, I was told that the house I’m renting will be sold this spring. Reluctantly, I spent weeks going back and forth with my Dallas apartment locator (I’ve used SmartCity for years – they’re seriously amazing!). In between communicating with my locator and taking the time to look at apartments, I was physically and mentally spent.
However, I knew that if I got this apartment stuff off of my plate, that would be one less thing for me to stress about so, after lots of research, I’ve finally found my new place! I signed my lease last week and the moving to-do list has already begun to grow. Expect lots of home decor posts soon as I learn the ropes of interior decorating, ha!
To relax, I’ve been taking some time to see more of my friends and getting some inspiration on my Pinterest. I’m still playing Homescapes (pretty sure I’m about to beat the game) and am watching a few shows here and there. My favorite lately has been catching up on Alone on the History channel.
It’s been a long while since I’ve personally had a rough time like this. To be honest with you, my physical and mental energy levels are way down, more than what I’m used to. And I’m sure that it’s resulting in me feeling very unmotivated lately.
But, if you know me, I’m not one who quits so easily. I may be forced to slow down, but that doesn’t mean I’m a quitter.
Taking time for myself has turned out to be time well spent.
As I continue to go through the healing process, it’s my hope that I’ll have a renewed energy. I truly miss living my best, happy, and energetic life.
Life isn’t fair sometimes. And I’m well aware of that, but I’d rather push through hard times while betting on myself because I know I’ll come out a winner on the other side.
To those who have sent me messages to check on me, thank you. Your concern means a lot to me and I don’t take your friendship nor this community lightly.