Ah, Spring! I always love the change of seasons. And though Spring wasn’t always my favorite (I’m typically a Fall sort of girl), in the last few years I have come to really love it. Maybe it’s because it feels like a new beginning. New life is sprouting up everywhere and it’s a perfect time for us to bloom, too!
Maybe I love Spring now because I like the longer days with more time for walking and exercising outside, hanging by our pool, and enjoying all the gorgeous flowers. These are the little things I used to miss when I worked all the time with no room for health or play.
And I definitely love that Spring break is an excuse to rest and renew from the busyness of the holiday season at the end of last year and all the planning and goal-setting that came with the new year. Funny how only 3 months in to the year, you always can use a break.
Now I don’t know about your schedule or if you have kids that cause you to make Spring break a vacation time, but I have come to appreciate taking vacations of some sort this time each year. In fact, I now get away at least 3 times a year, and ever better if it’s 4. And these aren’t work trips, they are purely to rest and replenish. If you work as hard as most of us do and since we are constantly connected to social media or electronics, we definitely need some scheduled times to take a break from it all.
And even though this week my family and I didn’t go somewhere super exciting, we did take off to Northwest Arkansas for a couple of days and we are heading to the River for some rest and a little trout fishing this weekend. You know, it doesn’t have to be something big or expensive to give you a mental break from work. It just needs to be a place that you will really put down the phone and the computer and recover from the over-stimulation most of us live with all the time.
And if you are an entrepreneur or small business owner like me, consider scheduling in more time off for your health. If you give your clients enough notice, they will understand. Next year I am thinking of closing the entire office for a week in the Spring and I have already changed our schedule this year to be closed a week around July 4th, a week for Thanksgiving and two weeks for Christmas and the New Year. Ten years ago I would have never dreamed of doing something like this. But now that my only 2 goals for this year are finding more joy and loving myself more, I think this is the perfect schedule. And I suspect we will get more done as a team than we usually get when we are working all the time and tired.
So think about it. What would it look like in your business if you were closed for 5 weeks of the year and you took that time for you? I bet you would be surprised that you wouldn’t lose business or lose ground with your schedule but would be more productive than ever.
Happy Spring break friends! I hope you are taking some time off for “new growth” in your own body and mind. Bloom baby, bloom!