I will be real and wholeheartedly admit there was a time in my life that I worked WAY too much. I was unsatisfied with my current job as a Director in Fitness. My first born was 18 months and I wanted to spend more day time hours with her and I just knew I needed an out. Not just for myself as a mom, but professionally. I love my family to the end of this earth but I can also admit that having a career is fulfilling to me. I also recognized what made me happy was working more one-on-one with people. I knew I had the knowledge and skills to help people work towards their goals and I LOVE working with others to educate them and help them get to a place that would make them comfortable in their bodies. I knew I wanted to start working for myself and have more flexibility especially during the day.
It was time to do something different so I started working my full time job as well as part-time teaching my own classes and personal training. It was amazing how one opportunity led to the next. I was thankful and honored, to say the least, at how much support I was given. However, when opportunity knocked on the door it also required more time.
It’s almost embarrassing to admit that it wasn’t uncommon for me to leave my house at 4:30 or 5am and not return home until after 8pm or even 9pm on some evenings. I was on a mission and motivated to get to a place where I could leave my full time job to work for myself. I got there! But it did come with a price. The habit of working so much stuck for a little too long and my family life was becoming less happy
Once I stopped trying to make money my family and I became happier. I wanted to become rich in time and not in money.
When did it become “cool” and popular to get as little sleep possible and work as much many hours as we can? When did we start accepting that we couldn’t make time to take days off and not have time to take vacations? And when we do take time for vacations why did we start taking such elaborate and expensive ones?
We do everything FAST and try to CRAM as much as we can into our days. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes fast is good and efficient. Medium speed can be fitting, but for me and my family I needed to balance that with more slow moments that mater the most.
I promised myself that I would slow down in moments and experience things for a awhile before I snapped a picture. I don’t want to miss out while I am behind the camera.
Here is my list I am lovingly calling “SLOW DOWN AND SMELL THE ROSES”. Low key and inexpensive things to do with my children and husband this summer.
Whether I get a vocal “This is sooo true” or a silent “…