I don’t know about you, but I feel like life has been pretty crazy lately. Just like everyone else, our family has been super busy with the start of school. Homework and sporting events are back in full force and we are on the go. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. I love watching my kids in their activities and I love when I can see their little minds working and learning, but all of it plus work, can really wear a person down.
Then, last week it happened again. I got laryngitis and a viral infection, which seems to happen every few months. It’s usually no big deal; I just can’t talk for a few days. But this time it really got me. I can’t remember the last time I felt so weak and physically drained.
Here’s the problem when you are an adult. Life never stops, even when you’re sick. There’s still always so much to be done. Work is still there. Kids still have homework, Games still need to be attended. So that’s what I did. I just kept going.
On the day I was feeling the worst, Missy and I had a meeting with someone that we both really enjoy working with, so I didn’t want to miss. Throughout the whole meeting I was trying to stay attentive and add to the conversation, but every time I tried to talk it just wore me out even more. By the end of the meeting I was feeling horrible. After the meeting Missy and I walked outside and I just broke down. I just stood there and cried in the middle of the parking lot, and Missy being the great partner she is, said, “You can’t pour from an empty cup. You have to go home, rest, and refill your cup.”
In that moment all I could think about were the items on my to-do list, but I knew she was right. I went home, took a long bath, put on some Netflix, and rested.
While I was laying in bed, I kept thinking about her saying, “you need to refill your cup.” It’s a saying I have heard plenty of times before, but this time is really resonated with me. I am no good to anyone when I am sick and worn down. I know everyone gets sick at some point and that it can’t be helped, but I also know that I haven’t been doing what I should to stay healthy.
This got me thinking about things I could do to keep my cup full. I needed to create a list of things that make me feel good and that help to make me better in the long run. Not only did I think of some good things, but this little exercise made me feel better. Here is my list…
Enjoy the outdoors
Take a walk
Make a healthy meal
Drink a hot cup of tea on the porch (a rocking chair makes it even better)
Turn on your favorite song and have a dance party (Taylor Swift is my current go-t0)
Take a bubble bath
Read a good book
Watch a movie
Take a nap
Listen to a podcast
Write in a journal
Get a mani/pedi
Ask a friend to go to lunch
Do a random act of kindness
Write someone a thank you letter
Go for a windows-down drive (taylor swift also comes in handy here)
Play a board game/cards with your kids or friends (Nerts is one of our favs!)
Attend an inspiring event (click HERE for shameless plug 😜)
So that’s my list. Now it’s your turn!
Take some time this weekend to write down things that fill your cup. Tag us in a Facebook or Instagram post sharing your 20 items. As a reminder, keep that list on your refrigerator or somewhere you can see it every day. Then, most importantly, make time to go do these things. I promise, you’ll be glad you did!
If you are looking for an event to fill your cup this weekend, be sure to come to Inspire: A Women’s Conference to Benefit HALO. This is going to be a full day of women inspiring other women and we would love to see you there!
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