ok. so it TOTALLY feels like summer, and the graduation parties begin. Soon I will no longer be working- soon I will be traveling Eastern Europe and FAR TOO SOON I will be living on campus in Hyde Park, Chicago IL. Yes I’m excited, but some days my head simply spins as I think of what I should accomplish before these events occur.

And that my friends is where I remember the SHOULD. We all have 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. We have a been given a set amount of time to live our life, no one can expand a day to be 28 hours, no one can fit more than 60 minutes into an hour. And with that comes choices, and sometimes hard decisions when we have to say NO- I just don’t have the time to do that. While everything that should be done is good, for the better good, and impacts so many other people, when I burn out completely, get stressed and angry, I am no good to anyone. I’m no good to my husband who is supporting this life career change and will continue to work and support us both. I’m no good to myself because I’m stressed and on edge, most likely not eating well and most likely not exercising as I should.

Yes, I know- I’m preaching to the choir on this subject. Sometimes I simply need to give myself permission to say no and take the needed time for myself and my family.