“Yea, sure. Let me see what I can move around,” I said and hung up the phone.
I was standing on a street corner, waiting for my Uber to take me to the next meeting. I had criss-crossed the city of Denver three times and it wasn’t even noon.
Mindless. I had said YES out of habit, mindlessly.
I’m a recovering chronic over-doer. I like to live by the improvisation rule YES AND! (always be adding to the idea), but I forget to say yes to myself.
Instead, I was saying YES to everyone around me that asked something of me.
This summer while bring SoulSpeak on the road, I found myself on the YES slope and sliding down fast towards the bottom of my metaphorical cup – the bottom where I would be physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.
I know this slope intimately. I play out this pattern of saying YES externally, and forget to say YES internally, literally forgetting to put my oxygen mask on first.
When I’m traveling, I skip my YES for the down time that I needed to recharge. I sleep through my YES to structure’s I’ve put in my life because that I know they help me produce the best work. I chat over morning coffee instead of saying YES to the grounding practices that keep me calm and let me release anxiety that creeps up.
I made structure that supports. These are my must-haves and signs of self-love that leave me free to connect with the wild wonderful people around me, no matter where I am:
We started a super fun thread about this in my virtual living room (aka the SoulSpeak Facebook group) on what we need when we travel. And sisters, do you have some WISDOM HERE!
I’m learning and relearning how to best take care of myself and I want to hear your wisdom.
What are your secrets? Share them with us here!
Love + wild adventures!