Having just returned from my photography retreat in Vegas, my head is filled with new ideas and the lessons I learned there were endless. The lesson that resonated with me the most was the one about maintaining a healthy work life balance.
The leader of our retreat, Leah Remillet of Go4ProPhotos stated with certainty, “Being busy is NOT a badge of honor.” This really struck me as I have noticed a drive to be constantly productive especially as a stay-at-home mom and business owner. I thought that if I constantly filled my head with webinars and tips from people who had done it before me, then surely I was on the fast track to success.My photographer friends and I on our retreat! (I am the blond in the front center 😉
What I wasn’t doing though was allowing my brain time to be quiet. I’ve always known that the real answers come from within, but with social media and new online trainings being offered every day, I forgot about my own inner guidance. For this reason I have made it my goal to only check email/social media/texts three times a day. The rest of the day I want to be more present for my kids and my husband and allow more time to do nothing.
On our last day of the retreat Leah gave us one last assignment called, the 21 day challenge. You can watch my video here where I explain how it works and what I experienced after implementing this strategy. For the challenge, she asked us to record in a journal each day one thing we were grateful for, what form of exercise we did, how much water we drank, how we spent the time we “unplugged” and what act of kindness we shared that day. We then shared our results in our Facebook group to hold each other accountable.The pool behind our retreat house! (Photo courtesy of Diane Blank Photography)
This goes to show that we must fill ourselves up first before we can do anything else. My challenge to you is to ask you what your reason is for getting up each morning. What or who is your number 1 priority? Are you spending the most time on who or what you say is your priority? I can say honestly that I wasn’t, but am giving myself grace to begin again today. In my next blog post, I will share how you can add more time onto your day!