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Give Yourself a Rest

I was on a flight a couple of years back and the man next to me was obviously doing work on his laptop. It looked important. Yes, I was sneaking glances over at him while he was typing in numbers from a piece of paper on to a spreadsheet on his computer. It was interesting to watch him because he kept falling asleep. He would be happily typing along and within a few seconds, his fingers would stop tapping and drift across the keyboard. Then I’d look at his face and notice his eyelids slowly droop down. Next came the chin drop to the chest, followed by the lean of his head to one side.

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He’d remain that way a few moments, then jerk back awake shocked he’d been asleep in the first place. He’d resume typing, then guess what? He’d start the same process all over again.

I silently wondered how accurately he was working. Would he find mistakes later? Have to redo some things?

I almost, almost leaned over and tell him about the research out there that shows when we try to work on things when we’re that tired, we make a ton of mistakes, are less efficient, and then are still tired when it’s over.

I wanted to suggest he take a cat nap. It was pretty obvious that’s what his body was telling him. Heck, he could even set an alarm to wake up and continue working before the flight was over.

We all get tired like that sometimes. Our body will tell us when we’ve had enough. Maybe we’re sleepy and have fuzzy brain, maybe we’re irritable, maybe we can’t remember our own name. Our bodies are full of important information if we’ll just pay attention then actually DO something helpful with that info.

Why not give yourself a rest? It might not be a nap that’s needed per say. It could be though. Or a walk, or switching to a new activity to give your brain a break from what you’re working on. It could even be for a few days.

Maybe, just maybe, giving yourself a rest might actually enable you to get things done more efficiently, with less or no mistakes, AND you’d feel better.

Can you guess where my vote goes?

Give yourself a rest. I promise, if you are a woman, you are already doing more than enough.

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Give yourself a break

As women, we push ourselves. To do more, be better, keep it all together, work harder. It’s exhausting.

And not healthy for us mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually.

I usually spend a lot of time wiring, editing, and re-editing this blog weekly. I’ve committed to doing it weekly and I have followed through on that commitment. For over 2 years. taking-a-break

This week has been different than most for me. It’s been one of the most stressful in my life that I can remember. Even more than last week if you read that post. I haven’t had time to process it all and write something coherent for you. I could try to push myself to do that, but I’m really tired, and I’m giving myself a break.

Sometimes you can’t do it all or keep it all together, and it’s perfectly okay.

My invitation to you is to find a place in your life where you deserve a break, and give it to yourself as a gift. Maybe it’s something you say no to because you don’t have the time or energy. Maybe it’s sleeping in a little longer. Maybe it’s letting the laundry go one extra day. Maybe it’s having that special coffee or ice cream because it’s been a rough week.

I’m writing a shorter blog post this week. I promise I’ll expand on what happened that caused me to take some time, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

Now,  if you need one, please go enjoy your own break.

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Why I don't listen to the news (and you don't have to either)

I don’t listen to the news. I really don’t. Yes, I might hear something “news-y” on NPR when I’m driving from point A to B, but I don’t read the paper or watch the news on TV. I’m sure some people think I might be “missing out” on something or won’t be “informed” of an important issue going on. But so far, the lack of news in my life has not been a problem one little iota.

In our completely connected 24/7 world, I can get information any time I want in a number of ways. I can find out almost anything that’s happening most every place, but why?

I’ve got my own life to live right here where I’m sitting, in this moment, on my back deck. Yes, there are crazy things happening as I write this, but I’m not where the crazy stuff is. I’m here. And if I wasn’t sitting here and was watching the news instead, I’d be completely missing the 3 hummingbirds flying around our feeder. Watching them chase each other through the trees, hearing the hum of their wings as they wiz by, trying to figure out what type of hummingbird each is based on its color.  annas hummingbird

The war in Gaza doesn’t concern me. See? Just because I’m not actively paying attention to the news doesn’t mean I don’t find out about things.

And that’s my point. The universe has an amazing way of informing me what I need to know when I need to know it. It never fails.

There are a bazillion things I will never hear about. And that’s okay. My job is to be present in my own life. And I can’t do that if my mind is thousands of miles away in someone else’s war.

This also goes for my next-door neighbors. If I’m worried about what they’re doing then I’m not present for my own life.

I’ve got enough going on in my world without having to worry about everyone else. How about you?

Try just two days without the news and notice what's different for you. Leave a comment on the blog below, or email me, coachwithsusan@hotmail.com.

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Go fly a kite

When was the last time you flew a kite? Seriously.

I’m on vacation at a reunion with my husband’s family in Hilton Head, SC. With 17 people including 8 kids ranging in age from 5-18, we’re having a ball. Bike rides, tennis, playing games, body surfing in the waves, building sand castles, and flying kites.

We all headed to beach one evening after dinner with an assortment of kites that were either shaped like diamonds and really inexpensive as well as kites that were more technologically advanced, one was even a dragon fly.  flying kites on the beach

It was so fun to watch both the adults become kids flying those kites, zooming them left and right in the sky, and the younger kids with their big, wide eyes taking turns trying to get their kites off the ground and soaring. That look of anticipation in their eyes and the excitement in their giggle when the kite takes off and flies up is priceless.

There was no distinction between the adults and kids. Bright eyes, excitement, expectation, laughing, smiling. In the moment.

To be a part of it and watch at the same time… awesome.

Go find a park or a beach on a windy day, fly a kite, and just enjoy. You won’t be disappointed.

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Get Outside and Nurture Your Life

Welcome to my new website! A virtual home for women who want to relax, slow down, and learn how mother nature can nurture their lives.

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I'm on a new mission.

To help women transition through change in life better, slow down in this fast crazy paced world, and get outside and nurture their lives.

It's time to get out and become present to all the amazing beauty that surrounds us.

There is so much research on the huge benefits to our health, minds, and souls. The more we spend time out in green spaces, the more peaceful we feel. The more at peace we feel, the more our cells are in a happy place in our body, able to keep us functioning at a high level with a good immune system.

The happier and healthier we are, the more energy we have to share and give to others.

The time is truly now.

So get to it. Feel the sun on your skin, hear the birds singing, smell the air, see the buds and blooms.

Don't just take my word for all of this, get outside and notice how you feel. That will be your true test.

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