Can I get really honest here for a second? I used to feel guilty about resting in my off-season. Phew. I said it! Does anyone resonate with that? Oh, everyone?! Yeah, I thought so.
I would feel guilty to the point where it would give me anxiety whenever I tried to rest. I put so much pressure on myself to be constantly doing, that in the end nothing of importance really got done. And in the process, I was worn out.
I’m learning to, what I like to call, “rest in rest.” To find deep joy and renewal in the moments I have to slow down. To know that in the seasons of slowness, it’s ok to accept the rest so that I can be filled up for the times of fullness. If I waste my time of rest, how am I going to pour out to my couples? I want to give them each my FULL self, 110%, my most joyful and present self. And not only to my couples, but also to my family and friends.
I know not everyone has whole seasons of rest and seasons of fullness like I do, but let’s be honest. We can each MAKE time for rest if we try. Whether that’s taking a half hour at the end of your day with a good book, carving out an hour of your day to work out, or saying YES to that friend who wants to meet you for dinner instead of telling them what’s still on your to-do list. Let’s be those who honor our minds and bodies with a little bit of rest every once in a while, and not give into the hustle every single day!