Sometimes, the best thing you can do is step back from it all and breathe. Step away from plans. Step away from goals. Step away from projects. Step away from blogging. Step away from it all.
I had to leave everything where it fell (after I dropped it) and just walk away. That may seem counterproductive to achieving your dreams, but really it is the greatest thing you can do. Especially, when one starts to feel overwhelmed and underappreciated or begins to believe that the entire universe is conspiring to keep you from getting what you want. All the goals, dreams, and desires of my heart.
I tend to become so frustrated, ready to take off my stilettos, put them in the closet and downright brokenhearted when things are not going my way (behavior more like a spoiled princess then an in charge Queen).
When this very unQueenly unbosslike unsucceeding attitude surfaces . . . time to step away. Now, I am not telling you that I am giving up nor do I want you to give up. I am saying that it is best for both my piece of mind and visions to take some time to unclutter my thoughts and renew my spirit. So, here are a few things I did recently (short of purchasing a ticket to anywhereville) to relax and renew.
I settled down on my couch with snacks in hand and watched a marathon in movies. In my household, we are multicultural movie watchers. That means we not only watch the big blockbusters movies, we also watch independent films, low-budget films, and foreign films. The lives of people in South Central, LA to the traditions of Sikh Indian to the K-pop genre of South Korea fill the screen. 1. I think that exposing my children to movies other than The Avengers (though I am a Marvel girl) allows them to appreciate the stories of others. 2. It makes movie watching more interesting for me.
Normally, when I read books, I try to focus on ones that are related to blogging or business. I decided to avoid those types of books and read plenty of fiction. I found myself revisiting old favorites like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eyes and discovering new ones . . . if you own a Kindle then, I would like to recommend you follow Pixels of Ink on Facebook (just a suggestion – no affiliation whatsoever).
I own a tiny townhouse which I filled the last few weekends with family. Let’s see three bedroom house . . . there is me, my two children (16 & 12) then, I invited over four nephews (8, 11, 15, 16) and a niece (6). Talk about getting no work done or having any time or quiet to do so anyway. Oh well, fun times and memories are all worth it.
Play Video Games:
That’s right. I pulled out a video game, sat down, and played for hours. I will tell you my favorite game though, some may find it boring is called Animal Crossing (you move to a town, filled with animal neighbors, buy a house work and live). I own both versions of the game on the Game Cube and Wii. I haven’t played either in years until recently. Too bad I will have to now abandon my village because . . .
I am getting back to my projects.
And that is key . . . taking off some time, but not neglecting to get back into the swing of things before too much time has passed. You ever hear someone say they are taking time off from college for a year only to never go back? That is because sometimes too much time off makes it hard to go back. Other things or goals or life decisions begin to get in the way. Well, I am back on my grind, stilettos on my feet, with a cleared view of my visions and dreams.
What do you do when things begin to overwhelm you?
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