Gooooood Morning and Happy Friday!
Yesterday I had a moment; a moment where I nearly crashed and broke down from the feeling of being overwhelmed with work and new mom “stuff”. The universe sent me an angel in a phone call from a friend and colleague (❤️ Lisa). I picked up the phone and she must have instantly heard the stress in my voice. All I said was “hello” and her response was “how are you? No really, how are you doing?” I instantly brushed her off with a “I’m good, I’m good” in rapid succession. She heard right through that and said “can you just pause for me for a second?” I laughed her off and continued to tell her “I’m good”. She kindly but firmly said “no really, stop talking. Just pause for a moment. Pause and breathe.” I stopped talking and paused for 20 seconds or so and took a deep breathe. The tears started to well up in my eyes, I exhaled and said “thank you”.
I hadn’t paused or taken a deep breathe in days. Literally. This was my first week back to work all in, full time and I am swamped. My friend’s kind words and gentle reminder to pause and breathe saved me. I must have done it ten more times yesterday.
So, I’m passing along the message to all of you. Pause. Breathe. You got this.
I hope it helps someone reading this, like it helped me.
I went digging through my journal for good quotes and here are some of my favorites. Write them down, post them on your computer, make them your screen saver or wherever will allow you will to see them throughout the day.
“Inhale the good shit, exhale the bullshit.
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.”
“It’s a precious privilege to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy and to love.”
“You can do anything but not everything.”
“Everyday is a new beginning. Take a deep breathe and start again.”
If none of that works…how about a picture of a cute baby and a handsome dog!?!
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