At the end of the year, I often take time to look back at all of our accomplishments and truly reflect on the goodness of God. I then look back at what didn’t go so well. Last year heading into 2018, I dubbed it the year of balance. I will tell you I failed miserably. Instead of taking things off my plate, I added more. In and of itself, it was good stuff, amazing stuff actually but it kept me running at 100 mph 7 days a week. I kept pushing. In October, God started speaking to my heart. While He loves the impact of The Marketplace, I realized He also wanted to keep me from burning out. I am not gonna lie, I wrestled with Him on this. And finally after I wore myself out, I realized me taking time to care for myself would increase The Marketplace.
I feel as women we have been programmed to be nurturers and to push through hard times and consistently do and give to others. We often forget that we need to take care of ourselves. If we stood back and watched our friends and family doing what we do, we would be concerned for them and step in and try to lighten their load. I have realized I am kinder to others than I am to myself.
So one thing on my list of focus for 2019 is self care. Taking time to check in with me. Making sure I am not working 7 days a week. Taking time to just take a deep breath and saying, “you need to stop, NOW.” I have a feeling I am speaking to a lot of you on this topic. So, who is with me on this for 2019?