The last few weeks have been so busy my head is buzzing and I’m pooped out. My “Going Boldly” blog tour was so fun but a lot of work and family illness slowed me down too. My mantra of Bold Living was starting to sound a little too ambitious, even for me. Then it occurred to me that bold doesn’t equate to busy. One of the essential components of making bold choices—and a chapter in my book—focuses on Me Time. That can mean something different on any given day and certainly to each individual.
Sometimes the biggest challenge I have in grabbing some Me Time is determining what fun thing I want to do. Do I want to curl up with a good book while I pet my dog? Do I want to break a sweat at the gym? Do I want to watch a football game (I love football!) or see what my friends are up to on Facebook?
But if I’m truly honest, the most difficult and boldest choice for me is to simply be still and rest. Author Joan C. Webb reminds us that feeling guilty and not being productive only adds to the exhaustion and burnout we may be facing. And author Keri W. Kent writes about the importance of taking Sabbath rest.
If I’m going to continue preaching my Bold Living message, I’d better do it from a place of practice. It wouldn’t represent authenticity or integrity if I ask (tell) other people to live boldly but am not doing it myself.
So, to keep it real, I’m confessing my struggle here and will promise to be intentional about having more Me Time…and incorporating simple R &R in the mix.
This declaration helps me feel more worthy of the title of my new show Bold Living with Diane Markins, starting September 22nd at 11:30 AM (MST) on KPXQ in Phoenix.
Most people shove Me Time—especially resting—to the bottom of the list. Where is it on yours? Do you need to rearrange your priorities to include it? What’s ahead of it that you could bump down? Share your thoughts to encourage others battling this issue.