Take Some Time Out For Yourself

by Willie on September 19, 2016

in Daily


That’s what a lot of us do all day, every day. For some, work defines who they are. Work can be a good thing until it tips the scales.

We can burn ourselves out putting in all that work. We don’t know how to shut down. It’s not healthy for the long term. So, what can you do to keep a little balance.

Take some time out for yourself.

What does that exactly mean?

For the second year in a row, September has become my minor rest period. I didn’t exactly plan it like that. It just happened.

I tend to get multiple weeks of vacation from my day job. I usually take the majority of it during the second half of the year. Mainly because the weather is cooler and running/travel increases.

For the past two years I have several days not planned. Last year, I had a week unplanned. This year, it’s two weeks. I’ve started taking what I call “No Work Fridays” for the month of September. It gives me an extended weekend every week in September to get an extra break from work.

It’s really nice to get an extra day off. It makes you appreciate your time off and lets your body relax. Don’t get me wrong, it can be hard in the beginning. It’s really worth it though.

I’m saying all this to say that everyone needs some time to themselves. Everyone needs a break to reboot. You can go 100% for so long before you have a breakdown or a burnout.

Don’t get to your breaking point.

I know my breaking point. It’s not fun for friends and family around me if I get to that point. I’m sure it’s the same for your loved ones. No one wants to be around a grouch.

So, what can you do for yourself?

I find that blocking out a little time for yourself every day is great for your mental and physical health. I’ve talked about meditation on the blog before. It does wonders for your mental clarity.

The world is so busy that it feels like there’s no room to take a breath.

With meditation, a focus on your breathing is the main exercise for keeping your mind sharp and aware. Meditation sounds very new age but it really works.

Physical exercise can be therapeutic as well.

Have you had a hard day? You can get your aggression out purely by sweating with intense exercise. Don’t believe me? Go to any gym. Most people are there because exercise makes them feel good. Some have described exercise as a drug. I’m not a member of this group.

Exercise does make you feel good. No one has ever regretted a workout. If they have, they’re probably lying.

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Time for yourself is a healthy thing. Work doesn’t have to be your focus 24/7. You need a break to reset. So, do yourself a favor. Every day, take a little time for yourself. Even if it’s only 30 minutes, a little clarity will do you some good.

What do you do for your “me” time?


Change Can Be Good For You

by Willie on September 12, 2016

in Daily

Change can be a positive or a negative.

Yesterday was September 11th here in the United States. September 11th is a really devastating day for us Americans because of the horrible terrorist attacks that happened on that date.

The events of 9/11 changed not only America but the world as a whole. It changed how people view their lives.

When I think about the year 2001 me, I know that I’m in a totally different place now. Back then, I was just working. I dropped out of college because it wasn’t for me. I didn’t really know who I was at the time.

I’m much happier now. I know who I am. I finished college years after I dropped out. I’m in love with my best friend. I married her after a decade of friendship. I have a child on the way. It’s amazing.

For the longest time, I just wanted to be loved. I have that now.

As long as I can remember, I was morbidly obese even as a kid. At almost 500 lbs as an adult, I was happy emotionally but not physically. I was trapped in a body that wasn’t truly mine.


I made a change. I didn’t have a plan. I had no clue what I was going to do. I just put action into play. I just did something. Doing nothing wasn’t helping. I didn’t have anything to lose by just trying.

So, I did something but it wasn’t alone. I had Angela right there with me. Having support is amazing. You can take the journey on your own but there’s more accountability with a partner.

We’re always asked how we lost weight. “What did we eat?”. “What did we do?”.

We made a change. That’s what we did. Details don’t matter. We just did what we thought we needed to do. Whatever wasn’t working, we change it.

If we drank too much soda or ate too much fried food, we cut it out all together. We choose an alternative. The path of least resistance.

There’s a quote that says, “There can be no progress without change.”.

I’m not sure exactly who said that quote but it sticks with me. You have to change if you want to grow. Staying in the same place is being stuck in your comfort zone. Nothing changes when you’re comfortable. You’re at a standstill.

Everyone is afraid of change. Myself included. But fear wants to hold you back. It can hold you back if you let it.

You have to decide if you want to move forward to be stronger. Or do you want to forever be afraid of the unknown? It’s your choice on which path you take. Choose wisely.

What do you want to change in your life? What’s stopping you?


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