It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I’m a bit of a homebody. I don’t require much variety in life. Sometimes I think it’s just garden variety introversion. Other times I think it’s just that the life that I’m presently leading is kind of thrilling on so many levels, complete with joys and stresses and all the stuff that makes up this glorious existence. I work. I make stuff. I have conversations with people that I truly love. I navigate difficult situations and work to understand them.
But the life/work balance is a bit off. It’s been a bit off for the entire summer and I need to at least get outside and do something other than work. And make stuff. (Okay, maybe the ‘make stuff’ thing is just fine, but I definitely need to get out more!)
My fitness levels are probably at the lowest they’ve been in a while. On my little trek to the lake I thought to myself, “You used to RUN this route.”
It’s true. At the age of 45 I decided to start running and it was a glorious, empowering year. And then another year, and another until injury sidelined me and I never returned to that form. But that’s no reason to just not get out and do what I can, and that’s what I intend to do, people.
I’ve been really inspired by Ali Edwards‘ new Instagram account ae_wellness. At first I thought, “Good for you, you 41 year old awesome person you!” and then I thought, “Jeebus, Cathy, you run an online class about committing to self care and what are you really doing right now about that?”
It’s all about balance, though, you know? Whatever form of movement I choose, I just need to sprinkle it into the everyday. I need to not just work and sit at this magical glowing box that gives me the opportunity to have a career and make money.
You see the lure, right? It’s hard to walk away during any time slot when you think, “But I could just do one more thing.”
I haven’t even really blogged anything of a personal nature lately. Didn’t I used to do that a lot more? Maybe I was less busy.
Either way, I’m hoping to breathe a bit more, get out of this office with regularity and chase down that notion of balance.
On a personal note, thank you for your enthusiasm about my new stamp line at Simon Says Stamp. It was a big media blitz yesterday, and a handful of items have sold out (mostly the matching stamp and die sets that are sold together) but you can click on the “notify me” button on each product page and they’ll let you know when the item is back in stock. The one nice thing for me in this partnership, aside from the amazing women I’m now working with, is their ability to run a business and stock it, something that was not really in my wheelhouse. So, hold tight and products will be restocked!
Last but not least, we are getting ready to enter the final week of Design Your Life 2.0. I so appreciate all of you who signed up! If you are an alumni of the original course, I’m still offering admission with a generous discount to those students until the last day of class, which is August 11. Email me for more details!