When “life happens” (and I know a thing or two about life happening!) it can be tempting to throw in the towel; back down, or just plain give up. This can show up in many forms. It may look like “settling”, pretending it was never really that important, or simply quietly burying a dream. Often times all you really need is a little retreat to rest and regroup. But ironically it’s at the moment of defeat, or after a big let down, that we feel the least able to let ourselves off the hook with some kindness and self-care.

Those of you who know me have often heard me talk about self care. It’s essential to remaining vital, vibrant, creative and productive. I’m not talking about and massages here, (although both are wonderful and much appreciated!) What I’m referring to is caring for your body and soul, and nourishing yourself mentally, emotionally and creatively. This will allow you to endure the setbacks that are inevitable in life, and to build and grow over the long run.

We’ve all had days when….

  • The car broke down
  • A client cancelled
  • People didn’t show
  • Everyone said no
  • Your wallet got stolen
  • Your best friend lied

When we were tired, hurt, scared, discouraged, out of patience, low on money or feeling just “not enough”.

It happens. And the remedy while part perseverance, is always easier when married with self-care.

I’m not going to give you the pep talk here with something about it always being darkest just before daylight. (or however that goes!) But the truth is, everything you’ve worked for, all the time and money you’ve spent on education, self-growth, and building your life to the point it’s at today is lost the moment you decide to quit.

If you’re at that place, feeling like your back is against the wall, it’s simply time for a break and a little self-care. A couple of years ago I took an entire year off as a hiatus. It was by far the single best thing I have ever done in my life. I grew as a person in ways I don’t think I could have staying at home. I felt filled up and nourished with an enormous new capacity for creativity. Since then, my business has also grown in leaps and bounds, and it just wouldn’t have been possible without the self care.

So this week, if only for an hour or a day, let yourself off the hook. Retreat, rest and regroup. You deserve it, and ultimately, it creates space for new and wonderful to take place!

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