When you feel the pressure coming from all directions just stop and give yourself the opportunity to breathe just a little deeper. Walk yourself to a better place. Remember that the outcome of certain opportunities depends on how you choose to acknowledge them and ultimately receive them.
Why am I sharing this, you ask?
This week has proven to be a bit of a challenge for me. I just returned from an amazing trip to France. I was inspired by so many talented creatives, and of course, the country itself. It was fabulous, but as my industry friends know, it’s extremely difficult to keep up with the flow of things when you are in a different time zone. After spending the days with my client, I found myself returning to my room and still having to stay connected because my other clients needed my attention as well. That was followed by late Skype sessions with my husband and children. I was happy but needless to say, exhausted.
This week, my husband is out on a business trip and it is just me and my three wonderful kids! I’ve had to adjust my schedule to make things happen, and today between the breakfast requests, the screaming matches, and the getting ready…
I lost it.
Thankfully, it lasted for just a few minutes. I had to make a very conscious decision to STOP, DROP, and GO.
What does this mean?
I completely stopped myself from drowning in the moment. Now, I confess this happened after joining the screaming match with my kids this morning. I consciously took myself out of that space. It took every ounce of strength that I had. I turned to my kids and asked them to sit with me on the floor for just a few minutes. We all looked at each other quizzically… so much so that it brought a smile to our faces. We were all immediately in another zone. A moment of desperation turned into something sweeter almost instantaneously because I chose to address it right then and there.
I dropped all of the baggage that I was carrying from any negative interactions that had transpired this week. I consciously sought the Kathy that I love and others do too!
I gave myself permission to go! Opening my mind up to new and more positive thoughts. We all left the house quietly and with unspoken acknowledgement that all was going to be ok. I dropped Jordan off at the middle school, then Leila off at the Prep school, and said goodbye to my oldest at the train station with the biggest smile. I then joined the rest of the tri-state area to rush to work.
Bottom Line: We are human and at times find ourselves in situations where we don’t make the right decisions and that’s ok. If that’s where you are right now, choose to change the course, just STOP, DROP, and GO! You’ll love yourself more if you do.
With a Happy Heart,
Kathy Romero is the Director of Wedding Planning For Preston Bailey Designs. She shares her thoughts and advice on Preston’s Blog every Thursday.
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