I love the idea of blogging and sharing my life, but as I have done in the past, I have a hard time committing to the task. One reason (trying not to have excuses) I have been away is because I started a new business venture. My main company is not making any money and I had to find a way to move ahead but not go back to a 9-5 job. Yes, I could fall back on my degree and actually use it, but I don’t want too. I worked in my field for 17 years and I’m not getting any younger and I want to live. I’ve sacrificed a lot for my non-making money business and my husband has stood by me. With my new adventure in entrepreneurship, I have a better plan and a better way to have money. Really this is my only reason for being away.
I still read everyone’s blogs but have not had the energy to write my own stuff. I have been writing for my business but it’s not the same as letting myself go and write what I want and feel. So again, I will continue to conquer this blogging idea and make it happen as much as I can. I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful summer. It is very hot where I live so I stay inside all the time. I only go out when I have too.
Have you heard the term self-care? I learned about self-care during an evaluation I had years ago with my supervisor. The last question she asked me was “What are you doing for your self-care goal?” I did not know how to respond, but I had to create a goal that would help me take care of myself.
I have developed art as my self-care. I started learning about art and creating art last year. It helped me so much to relax and walk away from my job. I am continuing this goal in 2015. I found it to be important because it allows me to have down time and concentrate on something that makes me feel good and grow. I joined a Urban Sketches group, which I love, because I can be around other artist. I joined a demo group at Jerry’s Artarama where I learn different techniques and how to use different tools and lastly my Creative Mingle group is a group of women who come together and create all kinds of art. I love it.
Self care can be anything you enjoy that will help alleviate stress and help you feel good. Some ideas I use is journaling, petting and playing with my dogs, walking and talking with a friend just to name a few.
If you are looking for more tips for self-care, this article will give you some great ideas.
Now that the holidays have are here, the one thing I work on is keeping my stress level down. I know I have to keep my business running while taking care of family and the holiday fun.
While doing research on this topic, I found these seven tips on how to kick the small business stress habit during the holidays. The story was written by Matthew Toren with iSmall Business (ismallbusiness.com). I find the tips to be practical and things we can do throughout the year, but they are especially good practice during the holidays.