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It’s a dark, stormy and rainy day today – one of those days where you just want to cuddle up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. Alas, I had to work today, and even though the fireplace was going strong, it didn’t quite warm up the store. Cool moisture seemed to permeate everything; and customers were nowhere in sight.

On this gloomy Saturday, the card of the day is, very fittingly, Body Care. Fall and winter in general remind us to go inwards, slow down, take care of ourselves and recharge our batteries. A little self-care goes a long way on a day like this!

So I made tea instead of coffee this morning, did gentle Yoga instead of core-strengthening Pilates and took time to have breakfast at home instead of having a snack in the car on the way to work (I know, bad habit^^).

I’m working on an e-book at the moment, and the whole infrastructure that goes with releasing something online. It’s a lot of work and there are so many smaller tasks and bigger projects involved, at times I feel like my to-do list doesn’t get shorter at all, no matter how many hours of work I’m putting in. And I have to be careful that I don’t get stuck in hustle mode – over time, it leads to stress, anxiety, frustration and exhaustion. And I’ve definitely been feeling like I’ve just been spinning my wheels lately!

But this internal pressure and inability to relax is so not necessary. Sure, you have to put in the work to build a business, perfect a skill or finish a personal project. But in the end, you have to love and enjoy what you do. If you infuse your work with stress and hectic vibes, it’ll be noticable in the result. Instead, you want to infuse your work with love, and the end result will be so much more powerful and beautiful!

As with everything in life, you want to enjoy the process. It’s a necessary part of every journey to make space for breaks, slowing down and relaxing. Through taking breaks you are able to stay focused, inspired and enthusiastic – which is part of being productive! We need a mindset shift from judging breaks as “laziness” to valuing them as essential part of any creative process.

So today, I’m taking it easy. I allow myself to slow down and take care of my body and my soul, and I trust that the work will get done in time. I’m taking things one thing at a time, and I’m okay with that! I’m exactly where I need to be.

Enjoy your day! 😃

Much love,