As featured in North Hawaii News January 11, 2016
I hope you have warm memories of your 2015 holiday season. Now that we have entered a new year, it is common to review the events that got us here. This includes evaluating that which we would like to experience more of, as well as those areas in our lives that could use some adjustments.
In my reflections of this past season, I am feeling extremely grateful for lessons learned in 2015. One of my most valuable lessons is the importance of quiet reflection. I tend to be someone who fills my plate with a variety of interesting activities. They can become overwhelming without quiet time to clear the mental chatter. This space helps me to create a list of priorities so I can enjoy the tasks that I have willingly put upon myself.
As a caregiver, I had the expectation to make the most of the time that I was not responsible for somebody else. This meant jumping into work and getting tasks done without much forethought. I now believe that taking a window of time to quietly reflect on my inner wisdom and physical needs will propel me even further into a successful experience in which I am able to do what I love with more focus and calm satisfaction.
Each of us has only so much of ourselves that we can give to others without burning out. We tax our bodies and minds on a daily basis. Ultimately we are each responsible for our own well-being. I understand how difficult it can be, and encourage you to make your mental and physical health a priority. Find that space that works best for you, without being responsible for anyone else in the background, and I believe that we will be off to a fantastic new year!