Rest: Taking time to refuel

I think one of the hardest activities for us as humans is just to rest. Yoga instructors say the hardest pose for students is usually Savasana, you just lay on your back not moving, with minimal thinking. How hard can it be? It’s really hard! I challenge you just to lie on your back without moving/getting distracted for 10 minutes; if you succeed, let me know. Back to the point of this blog, why is it so hard for us to just rest?

I remember when I was still working full-time, some co-workers would talk about how they hadn’t gone on vacation in years. One co-worker would brag about how she hadn’t gone on vacation in five years… FIVE YEARS!!!!! Like why? You looked stressed all the time, this is why you get vacation, I hope she’s taken a vacation! And then there are those who go on vacation and are still checking/replying to emails… just enjoy your time of rest. Delete the email app off your phone and sleep, read, go hiking, dance, shower, I don’t know… anything but work. And to those who get sick leave, if you are sick, use it and get better. I don’t want to be on a conference call with your sick self… REST! I beg you, stop working and rest. There is a time to work, and there is a time to rest; even The Lord rested on the seventh day… shouldn’t you?

Personally I am in a season of rest, and I’m not going to lie… it’s hard. And I believe the reason it’s hard is because as adults, we feel guilty for resting. Granted, we are called to work, no matter what that looks like; from being a homemaker, a student, or even the CEO of a Fortune 500 business. I know I mention this in a few blogs, but I resigned from my job in November, and it is February (#Funemployed). Part of me wants to hit the pavement running, but I know during this time I just need to rest, because when the next season hits, I will look back and regret the day I didn’t take advantage of this time. So I’m working on resting in Him, without feeling guilty, as I prepare for the next super busy season!

Now rest looks different for everyone; some just need to sleep, while others shop, rearrange their homes, or need to be out in nature taking a walk, sitting on a beach, kayaking… you name it. So whatever your rest looks like, don’t forget to do it! Personally, I’m enjoying this time having moments with God, reading, running, blogging, and hanging with family and friends. My guilty pleasure during this season is being able to enjoy Gossip Girl (I’m on season 5, almost done)!

Please let me know if you’ve gone through a season of rest (be it a few days or maybe a few years), and let me know you did during that time. If you are in a busy season, let me know what you do to refuel (how do you find rest in the chaos).

With love,

Tifa

Focus

It took me six years of squinting before I finally saw the optometrist (I know, embarrassing). Personally, I’d rather see the dentist every day than have some stranger poke my eye. I don’t think anyone will ever understand how much I CAN’T STAND the optometrist, and this is why it took me six years to see one. When I finally made an appointment at Costco, I realized my vision hadn’t changed that much in six years (thank you awesome eye genes) and I left that day with a new set of contacts, and an updated prescription to order new glasses online. I am still shocked and amazed at how clear everything is when I can finally focus on the world around me! I had been living in a world full of fuzzy images, and this had become my new normal. Now I can see details in objects that are far away, and read signs in the distance as I drive. Coming to think of it, I’m probably a safer driver now…

Besides being able to see, I have the hardest time focusing on tasks at hand. This is the main reason it took me this long to get this blog post done, because I just couldn’t focus on sitting down and writing it up (even while writing this post about focus I was distracted by FaceBook, YouTube, and Instagram… ugh). I’ve recently resigned from my job so I can focus on a few other projects in my life (some of them pertaining to this blog, stay tuned). Now that I have all the time in the world, it seems that I am busy engaging in several commitments, and then not having the time to focus on what really needs to be done. With this being said I need to write down a schedule to help me keep on track (I’m a creature of habit).

For cyber Monday, I bought a 2017 wall calendar and agenda from Target, and I’ve already started scheduling out my days in the new year. I’m devoting specific days to writing blogs, taking photos, training for my marathon, cooking for the week, cleaning, learning to play guitar, and planning for future endeavors (I have big dreams!). Once I have it all written down, I’m pretty good at sticking to a schedule, and it helps me prioritize other non-urgent commitments. Now with everything I have going on during this season, I know I can only focus on one thing at a time. So even though you see a lot of activities listed above, I only give myself a certain amount of time to focus on each activity, then I have to move on to the next (well, everything except running, because who knows how long it will take me to run 20 miles… that could take me all day).

Please share ways that help you focus when you have a lot of tasks to complete and many distractions that can divert your attention (darn you social media), I can always use other tricks and tools to help organize my time (just got distracted by my dog, she’s so cute). One of my goals is to have a post released once a week (hopefully every Saturday), and as of right now I choose to focus on all of you who take the time to read my blog!

With love,

Tifa