I recently took two solid weeks off from work and it was one of the best things I could have done. I hadn’t taken more than one or two days off at a time since Little Miss was born almost two years ago. I love my job and I didn’t think I “needed” a vacation. I was wrong. My Board of Directors knew it too (I’m the executive director of a non-profit so they are basically my “bosses”). They gave me no choice and told me I needed time away.
Okay, twist my arm.
Still, it was hard for me to schedule it in. No time seemed convenient. Thankfully, early August seemed like a slow time so I checked out for two weeks. I mean, I checked out. And somehow during that time, I found myself again.
You see, I have a job that I love and that I’m very passionate about – but it also has the tendency to consume me. Maybe that’s more my personality than the job, and maybe some of you can relate. I remember crying to my husband this summer, feeling like I had lost all sense of “me”. I felt very two-dimensional. The only things I ever talked about were my family and my job. That’s it. I didn’t feel like I had anything that was about “me”.
During the two weeks I had for vacation, I started throwing myself back into fitness and healthy living type activities. I did PiYo every day. I cooked healthy meals. I ate well. I worked out with friends.
Most of you know me for some type of fitness-related thing, but the people in my “real” life? Not really. Especially not since we moved to our new town about two years ago. I felt like it was part of me that had been lost. I’m so glad it’s back.
I came back to work and a co-worker said, “It’s like you’re a whole different person!” I said, “No, I just feel like ME again.” Her response, “It’s nice to meet YOU.”
I have to say, it’s nice to see ME again too. We can be involved in a lot of things, a lot of really GOOD things, but we all need a hobby. We all need something that is “ours”. As a working mom, I need more than just my family and my job to talk about – stay at home moms can probably relate too!
We all need some “fluff” in our lives. That’s what I keep calling it. Yes, fitness/healthy living is VERY important. But compared to some of the serious things I deal with at work, it is “fluff”. It’s the fun stuff I enjoy doing – not an obligation. That includes blogging. That includes the Beachbody coaching I’ve started doing. It’s my fun “fluff” – a welcome balance in my life.
I have a friend who is also the Executive Director of a non-profit – she runs a maternity home that is open 24/7. She has a hard time with this balance too, as you can imagine. She recently started taking ballet classes as her “fluff”. She is loving it – when she is there, she is focused on the movements, not on the stresses of her job.
Other hobbies might be crafting, writing, traveling – something outside of the rigors and pressures of your daily life. Something that is fun. Something that is a release. Because you know what? Once you find that, you’ll also find that you’re more productive at work. You’re more present with your family. You’re more fulfilled – and that not only benefits YOU, it benefits those around you.
SO…what is your hobby? If you don’t already have one, start brainstorming – and let me know what you decide to do!