If I am keeping’ it real, I would have to tell you that launching an e-course is a bit exhausting. There is a lot of inspiration, there is a lot of planning, more technology than I thought I could and would want to learn and there are a lot of things that get put on the back burner. You know I am busy when I miss hair appointments, skipping laundry is a given, but when I miss a set part of my beauty routine, I am maxed out. As I hit the gym for the first time in 3 weeks (Ok, maybe 4) my trainer spotted me and said, “Oh! This is what you look like.” Guilt. How did she even recognize me with bad hair? It’s been a busy couple of months.
A mistake that I made was, as soon as I had some mental and physical space freed up, I used it pay attention to the men in my life. I should have taken a day specifically for me first. I guess I could have fibbed about the launch date for some alone time before I guiltily rushed out to drive my teenager all over Rhode Island. I probably should have told Tom I needed one or two days before I could jump in and talk about his work. I was tired, cranky and had been skipping meals. That kinda worked out, no cooking meant no eating and at least my butt didn’t get bigger while it was glued to my office chair. I certainly wasn’t making a joyful return to family life and it showed…when did these people start eating so many groceries, anyway?
During the Smart Creative Style course, participants are assigned “some outings” to get them up and out of their normal routine so they see past what they are exposed to daily. I forced myself on an outing just like the class. I needed to see past what I was involved in on a daily basis. I needed to get refreshed. These are snapshots from my outing, just a simple 2 hours and I felt renewed. I sunk in a sensory experience that really worked for me. I can hear the tinkling water and cool mist even as I type.
Now that the course is running, I have been positively gleeful about the breakthroughs people are having! Beyond realizing we simply MUST have a water feature in our backyard, I am having a few breakthroughs realizing what I need to refuel so I can show up as my very best self. It has been an enlightening couple of weeks!
What do you do to refuel? Do you find it hard to show up for yourself before you show up for others?