Taking a me-cation

Nov 25, 2010

I was talking to my coach last week about how I was feeling unmotivated and a bit unclear on my next steps (which is very unusual for me.) I wasn’t sure what to do, how do I get out of this “funk” etc…

And he says “Tina, you need to take a break… take a few days away from it all (meaning business and kids) and diffuse. If you don’t do this you won’t be able to re-engage with your business and what is coming next.”

*duh!* The moment he said that it seemed so obvious – all I need is a break! It’s been a super busy year for me and the biz and I haven’t had very much downtime along the way. Truth be told i”m probably pretty close to burn-out (even if I don’t want to admit that to myself.) And it’s impossible to get excited about what I want next when i’m basically burnt out.

My homework is this – to go somewhere by myself and have some time to rest, review the past year and think about what I really want for the coming year.

I have to admit that I don’t think i’ve ever done that before… i’m very much a “keep on trucking” kind of gal and tend to try and push-through these downtimes instead of embracing them. So my first reaction to taking a few days away for just me was “eeek! i’m not sure I can do that”… my brain went to feeling guilty about taking a whole weekend off for myself and leaving my hubby with the kids (who are 2 and 4 years old and quite the handful these days.)

Then my brain went to my business – how could I unplug myself from my business? I need to keep on pushing through, there is so much to do, yadda yadda yadda… like my business would suddenly disappear if I took a break?

And then I basically thought screw it – i’m going to do this. I’m going to take a mini me-cation this weekend and go away by myself. I talked to hubby and we agreed to take turns – i’ll go away this weekend and he’ll do the same next month. So I booked myself for a couple of nights in a nice hotel in Waterton National Park – a lovely mountain town just a stones throw from where I live. I’ve booked a room with a nice jacuzzi and a complimentary bottle of wine (and apparently it’s a good time of year for snow shoeing or cross country skiing which i’ve never done, could be fun!)

I’m going to relax, review the adventure that 2010 has been and get in touch with what I want next year. I’ll report in next week and let you know how it went.

Which leads me to ask – when is the last time you took a break away from it all? A break just for you? Perhaps it is time…

1 Comment

  1. Lori

    This is perfect and well deserved! We push through life trying to keep up with “it all” and if we ignore the signs…we can easily fall into burnout 🙁

    You really do deserve this Tina…it’s been a crazy busy year and this will really help you to “renew” you.

    I know I was in the place last fall and wanted to walk away from it all. I spent the past year rethinking everything and almost walked away from business altogether. I thought I had lost interest in it and what I realized is that I just didn’t have any room left for anything. I started to really take care of me and just recently, rediscovered the excitement in my business. I am working with some wonderful clients and I am so happy that I did not make any drastic changes before coming to this realization 🙂 Everyone needs a break from it all every now and then. If we don’t refuel, then we will constantly be drained!

    Have a GREAT break!!!!
    Lori

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