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So, you know when you have big plans, you get so excited and motivated, and then you find yourself needing to delay things just a little? This has happened to me recently. I’ll be honest with you. I’ve been putting something off. In fact, I’ve been putting off a lot lately while I work through some stuff.

My little over achieving, over working self is trying to let go and accept that this is okay right now because it’s what is best for me. It’s time for a mini break!

Although I definitely believe in the ‘start before you’re ready’ mantra that has become the catch phrase of the past year (for me, at least), I also believe in, ‘don’t push yourself to the brink of nervous breakdown’ and ‘sometimes giving yourself time to take a break and get your shit together is exactly what you need’.

Lesson here: push yourself to start before you’re ready, but also be kind to yourself and appreciate that it’s okay to take a little time to get your ducks in a row.

Balance is VITAL here.

Listen to your heart (especially if your head is complicating things).

Do what is best for you.

And own your decisions.

Stop every now and then. Smell the roses (literally or figuratively, whatever works for you). Give yourself a break. Go easy on yourself. But remember that if you don’t get your butt into gear at some point, freaking nothing will happen.

It is also important not to get too caught up in what others are doing or telling you to do. This is your journey (for want of not sounding like a reality television contestant) and it is only you that can decide what is going to be best for you.

People are generally good and have your best interests at heart (most of the time) but they don’t necessarily know what you’re going through, they are not in your head, and they are coming from totally different experiences.

Life is a series of choices and there really isn’t a right and wrong one. Sometimes it’s advice of others, or ignoring everyone to go your own way but, ultimately, it’s about owning the decisions that you make and backing yourself. Even if that means skipping town to go on a much needed holiday. Or switching off for a little while.

Is there something you’ve decided to give yourself a break from lately? Or is there something you’ve decided to stop putting off?

Leave a comment below and own it! Putting it ‘out there’ is the first step!

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  1. Brook McCarthy

    Love this! “push yourself to start before you’re ready, but also be kind to yourself and appreciate that it’s okay to take a little time to get your ducks in a row.” That’s totally how I feel. A sense of urgency and diving on in is necessary, but equally, we need to cut ourselves some slack. Great stuff Katherine.

    • Katherine

      Thanks, Brook! So often we push, push, push and then wonder why it feels so much harder than it probably needs to be. Things take a little time.


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