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Time for Res(e)t

This month’s blogs are all about rest and reset. Have you experienced tiredness so deep you fell asleep in place, like this koala? I see this photo and imagine the koala thought something like, “Aaaand I’m done.”

We all have those moments when leadership is burdensome, overwhelming, or downright frustrating. We can feel like we’re trudging uphill with a weighted vest on. Our legs burn, our lungs ache, and we wonder if it’s worth it (yes, it is!).

This is where rest and reset come into play. On the whole, I intentionally don’t make decisions when feeling strong emotions (grief, anger, joy, triumph, etc.) or am stressed, tired, or hungry. And I feel like I’ve been stressed and tired since before the ‘Rona began. I’ve been going at 100 miles per hour since spinning off Dream Big Coaching from Waterworks Ministries in February 2020. I know it’s time for intentional rest when I’m having a hard time listening to my intuition and making decisions. And this is where I find myself, lacking an ability to make wise choices for my businesses and feeling like I am floating down a river instead of charting a path forward.

I need rest, a reset, and renewal, which is why I’m choosing to take July off from my work. I need space and time to rejuvenate, to find out who I am at this moment, and find my new center.

This type of break from work is somewhat unheard of in American culture. We have a tendency to idolize people who work ninety hours per week for years on end and get very little sleep. I can’t function that way. So I’m taking a much needed break. I know my clients will survive and maybe even thrive without me. I am under no delusions that I am irreplaceable. I am looking forward to having an open schedule, to be able to sit on my deck in the morning, drinking coffee and listening to the birds for as long as I want. I’m looking forward to naps, to space to reflect on where I want to go, to visiting family and friends, some for the first time in eighteen months.

I hope these blogs in July spark something in you that allows you to intentionally rest and reset. And I’ll be back coaching in August, rejuvenated, restored, and ready to work in helping you make the most of your work and life.

Questions to ponder:

● On a scale of 1 to 10 (ten being I’m ready to collapse at any minute), how tired am I?

● Where in my life do I need to be open to rest or reset?

Stay curious friends!

Make sure you’re listening to season one of the Dream Big Authentic Leadership podcast, found on Apple, Google, Spotify, and Stitcher.

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