Do you ever get super cranky?
Me too. And I was getting there last week – big time.
So when Josh said to me, “We're going away for the weekend!” you'd think I would have been over the moon excited.
But I wasn't.
My stomach dropped.
My mind raced about everything else we needed to do.
We just launched our podcast and need to record new episodes.
We just got an apartment in New York that we need to start renting out.
I just picked up a book agent who needs edits done to my proposal.
We had. NO time. For a vacation.
And that's exactly why I needed it.Between traveling and working nearly every day and weekend this year, I've exhausted myself.
Just last week, I started crying over spilling and then running out of shampoo.
And then I yelled at Josh for not helping me clean it “the right way.”
I literally had a temper tantrum in the bathroom.
I was a MESS.
I needed to get away.
So we went to Puerto Rico on a glorious 4 day retreat and it filled my soul.
Daily beach yoga and meditation.
Feeling my feet in the sand.
Soaking in sun and the lapping of waves all day long.
I feel full and alive and at peace and energetic again. If you've felt cranky, you need some self-care too.
This is what a retreat does. Getaways fill you up so that you have more to give. As women, we give and give so much, but when we're depleted, we're like a car running on fumes. Clunky and on the verge of breakdown. But when you fill up your tank first, you want to give because you feel gloriously charged. Your heart is full, your body is satisfied, and you give from the overflow.
It was so magical that I scoped places for a women's retreat there. As women – who still do the bulk of the housecare and childcare, and we work in nearly equal numbers at lower pay – we HAVE to recharge in order to live well, give of our hearts, and love life. It's no longer optional. It's a necessity.
I taped this video for you from Puerto Rico yesterday. Take it in then ask yourself this: What will I do for self-care TODAY? Get up and dance to my favorite song? Take a lavender salt bath? Spend 15 minutes journaling? Take a yoga class? Or book a retreat and watch how lit up you feel – and how that light then changes your mood, your interactions, your relationships, and your life? There are still a few spots left to join me in Mykonos, Greece. Click here for information. Doing these things will instantly shift your crankiness!
Whatever you do, let your mantra this week be, “I take good care of myself.”