I saw Dana Strong, COO of one of our member companies at the time, speak in 2017 and she shared the best advice she had ever received from a mentor:
"Slow down in order to speed up."
I wrote it down because I had been struggling with how to avoid the GO-GO-GO mentality that comes along with a Type-A, workaholic personality. I vowed to adopt this practice into my life. I reflected on it, journaled about it, told others about it, and I even meditated on it once for 7 whole minutes!
And as it often goes, not too long after this I fell back into the same spiral of hustling myself into exhaustion - work-work-work, showing up to all the things, saying yes to everything - the adrenaline rush makes me feel so alive! Never enough time, money, people - gotta push harder, do more, work longer, and say YES to everything.
But then sometimes, life happens and you are forced to slow down. For me, around this time last year, health issues arose. I’d love to tell you that I’ve been good about really taking the time I need to heal and take care of myself, but if I'm being honest, slowing down in the middle of all of that was SO hard for me.
I wish I could say I've figured it all out and have mastered slowing down, but it is a work in progress and a daily struggle. And that's ok. I keep coming back to that phrase: slow down in order to speed up.
Consequently, I reset whenever I need to and I try to focus on doing at least 3 of the following things every day. Maybe they are good reminders for you, too:
1. Spend 15 minutes planning and assessing events for the day
2. Move my body for at least 45 minutes, even if it's just stretching
3. Don't eat shitty foods - aim for plant-based and drink so much water
4. Meditate for 15 minutes on my Oculus, with an app (Calm), or just on my own (hard)
5. Get on the ground and play with my animals (Lucy, Ethel, and Bella (the evil cat))
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