Embrace the Pause

I work full-time at my job and spend almost every other free hour working on my dream so I can one day quit my day job. With that being said, I’m very strict about what I do in my free time. Because I want to reach my goals so badly, I close out anything unrelated to my goals. This includes: social events, relationships and doing things for my personal joy. I almost backed out of a girls trip because I didn’t think I would be able to fit it into my schedule (WHO AM I?!). After a few months of this intense tunnel vision, I noticed a change in myself. I felt very introverted, extra shy and even more reserved (also not my style).

My old mindset was based off of always having a tangible ROI. The only exchange for my time was money and I didn’t care how burnt-out or exhausted I was as a result. I picked up extra shifts at work because I was money-hungry and never thought about the toll it would take on not only my body but my mind as well. Due to my crazy Monday-Friday schedule, my weekends were saved for my business. Even though I love what I do, I do have a breaking point. Per usual, my body caught on before my mind did. I injured my back at the gym and when it was still there in full force after 6 weeks, I knew something else was up. Eventually, my back pain traveled down and I had a sciatic nerve flare up. When I was in pain 24/7, I knew I had to take a break. Rest. Spend time doing the things that I love.

Luckily for me, I had a weekend getaway planned followed by a week off of work for Thanksgiving. I decided to use this time to recoup. To pause. To take a step back to refocus.

Almost immediately after I landed in sunny Florida, my pain subsided. I LOVE the beach and I swear even the sight of palm trees has the power to turn my mood around. I was finally back to my happy place. Three days of day dreaming on the beach is definitely how I like to spend my time. I spent the first day doing absolutely nothing work related. I sat by the pool, relaxed, ate at one of my favorite restaurants and laughed, ALL DAY LONG with my girlfriends. Needless to say, I woke up on Sunday feeling like a new person and completely refreshed. I thought about work a little bit that day, but tried to savor the limited time I had in this palm tree paradise.

I’m finally back in NYC. I unpacked my bags, cleaned my apartment and I feel AMAZING! Literally, on top of the world. I started my day with a coaching call with a client and haven’t stopped moving since. I’m super motivated, my focus is crystal clear and I’m ready to conquer my goals.

In life, there is an ROI for everything. But, it doesn’t always have to be tangible. It can be a feeling or an emotion. It can be something as easy as happiness. Once you create that balance in your life, you’ll realize that achieving your goals becomes easier because you’re more connected to your purpose. It’s easy to fall in too deep, but always remember it’s also easy to take a step back and pause.

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  1. That’s awesome! Good for you for taking time to relax and regroup! During this time of the year I reflect and brainstorm my goals for next year. I live in Orange County, Ca. Have my own interior design biz. I’m actually wanting to expand my biz to work with clients in NYC, Florida, and other metropolitan cities. Thanks for liking my Instagram photo. I’d like to sign up for your newsletter.

  2. Lauren

    Hi Audra! Thank you!! It was really nice to take a break and regroup. You can sign up for my newsletter right on my homepage! -Lauren

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