The way we build our schedules is the way we build our lives. Chances are that if there’s no room for you in your calendar, you might be feeling like there isn’t much room for you in your life. So many of us women build our schedules around supporting others. We’re the reliable ones, the responsible ones, the ones who get shit done. We’re willing to cancel a workout or an afternoon of alone time in order to take another thing on because on some level, we think we should.

I should make myself available to others.
I should put others first because that’s what good people do.
I should say yes, even if it means that I have to give up some me time.

On the surface, these thoughts might seem harmless. However, if you often feel tired or sick, if you’re starting to feel resentful or bitter, then it’s time to take a closer look. Are you saying yes even when you want to say no? Are you neck-deep in commitments that don’t light you up? Are you making yourself into a martyr for a cause that nobody sees? The badge of honour is heavier than you’d think, and my love, it will weigh you down. Perhaps it’s time for a change.

What would it be like to reclaim five or ten minutes a day for yourself? Imagine having a non-negotiable window of time just for you. Time to unplug, to stop, maybe even to relax. What would that be like?

When we’re constantly caught up in the hustle and bustle, it’s hard to hear our hearts. Our values get drowned out by the noise. No wonder there’s dissonance. That’s what happens when our choices no longer reflect our values and life becomes a never-ending to-do list. Today, I invite you to reclaim five minutes for yourself. Sink beneath the noise and connect to your own heart. It’s never too late, and no length of time is too short.

Start by stopping. There’s power in pausing.

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