This past week we got our first half-decent snowfall here in Southeastern Ontario. As a result, the board meeting that I had scheduled for Tuesday morning was cancelled.
Now I could have gone into work and opened up my schedule to seeing patients, but I decided not to. Instead, I stayed home for the morning. I enjoyed my coffee at a leisurely pace, snuggled up on the couch with my kitty. I did some writing. I worked out. I made muffins. I called it my adult snow-day (well, half-day).
And here’s the biggy … I didn’t let myself feel guilty about it.
Which, my friends, is not something I could have done a couple of years ago. It’s taken a lot of intention, and frankly, practice, to start moving past the “coulds” and “shoulds” and “what will others think?” in these types of scenarios.
But I’ve come to realize that I like the person I show up as a whole lot better when I’m feeling in balance. I’m more present and patient at work. I’m more relaxed and playful with my husband. I’m more supportive and less snippy with my close family. And taking a breather with some regularity is an important part of that.
I also stay more inspired! My creative energy flows easier. When I’m constantly pushing and putting too high of expectations on myself, I can almost guarantee the tasks that I might normally look forward to (like writing this blog) start to feel like a grind. More of a “have to” than a “want to”. It’s a surefire way to stifle my creative juices.
Finally, though I’m not yet a mother, I can’t help but think of the similarities here to all the moms that get flack for sending their kids to daycare on their day off. Like it’s a crime against humanity to not want to spend every waking hour with your toddler at the expense of, well, everything else. I hate this! Moms are human too. Can’t we as women just choose to support each other in our choices for once instead of all the judging?!
Okay, rant over.
Happy Sunday friends. Hope you are lucky enough to get an adult snow-day sometime this winter! And may you enjoy it guilt-free.