Hey you guys. I should let you know something. I have been working to transform Lappolis into a business and not just a blog. I created an app, proposed talks, developed programs and tried to maintain the blog. I have been working with a designer on branding, with a business coach, with friends to draft a strategy that keeps me moving forward.
To find time to do all these. I have been staying up late, depriving myself of sleep and adequate rest, working through the weekends, reducing the time I spend engaging with my family and outsourcing as many parenting tasks as possible.
The irony is not lost on me. To help others in ‘Wellness’, I have been compromising my own. Not only that: because I was doing so much, I was getting nowhere on all fronts.
It’s my birthday (well on April 15th) and a good time to reflect on the year so far. My goal was to make it a day of relaxation, but it was so hard to let go and just relax. I could barely sit through meditation. Usually, I sleep off when I get massaged but didn’t today, my thoughts will not let up.
I started thinking back to the time when weekends were for having fun, when the discussion between my husband and I were who was hosting an event, or where we were going to travel to or explore, or what activity we should try. I really considered giving it all up, and returning to the simpler life. But, I know that is not the way forward.
1. First, admit defeat
Something isn’t working and I have to find a better way forward. I’ve been working on things since January and it’s now April. Nothing concrete has materialized. It’s still all about a bunch of ideas swimming around in my head, trying to find their way to reality.
2. Paring things down
I have been doing too much and I need to pare things down. I’ll work on one thing, then forget to follow-up on the other thing from last week, then start a new thing this week, and try to force the thing from last week to be over, even though it’s not ready, so I can add yet another thing to my list of projects.
In talking things out, it became clear that the vision is really broad. I will have to pick just 2 or 3 areas to focus on for the year.
3. Proceed with Wellness
I have to take care of myself. I have to get enough rest. I need to work out. I need to take care of the basics again like my hair. Chunks of it fell out last week due to lack of care. I need to add one thing at a time to my plate and make sure I can maintain the pace before overwhelming myself
4. Let myself be led
More important than all the steps above. I have to tune into that voice inside and allow myself to be led. I have to stop trying to force things to happen. Patience, Trust and even Faith are key here. I have to:
- Be patient and let things unfold in their own time
- Trust my instincts because, so far, they haven’t been wrong
- Have faith that everything will work out in the end.
If anyone else is making bold moves this year, Cheers to You!!!
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