Taking Time to Breathe

Things have been busy this week. Some of my work has dropped off and the decrease in income has required me to get busy networking and looking for work to replace what was no longer needed. So I’ve been reviving an old Facebook page and building a new website for my freelance writing work.

My youngest son is a spray paint and woodworking artist and he’s participating in his first art fair today. I spent the week working on getting him a digital business card, a Facebook page, a table for his spot, more supplies for his work, and getting attention on his page.

Frankly, it was an exhausting week. And the only thing that saved me was stopping, taking time to breathe, and remembering why I was doing everything I was doing. Reminding myself of why I enjoy working for myself, why I want to help my son get his own business off the ground, and why the busyness of this week will be worth it when all this work pays off.

As parents, there are times when things get way busier than others. And during those times, it’s important to remember that we are stronger than we think. We can do more than we think we can. We just need to stop and breathe and take a moment now and then.

So this week, all I have for you is a reminder to stop and breathe. No matter how much you need to do, no matter how busy you are, take time to stop and breathe. Those breaths will give you the energy you need to keep going. They’ll eliminate the stress that makes you feel overwhelmed. And they’ll help your body relax and let go of the tension that comes with stress.

Start now. Before you close this email and move on to something else, spend the next minute breathing. Slow, deep, relaxed and even. Breathe in peace, breathe out stress. Breathe in relaxation, breathe out tension. Breathe in love, breathe out frustration.

As for me? I’m off to sit in the Florida sun and support my son as he sells his spray paint art and wooden bowls. If you want to check out his work, feel free to check out his brand new Facebook page.