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March 30, 2012 | 0 comments
I really admire Lara Casey. Editor-in-Chief of Southern Weddings Magazine, Business Consultant and Rep, Founder of Making Things Happen, and now new Mom. Her honesty on her blog has really inspired me- here's a woman who isn't afraid to live life, no matter how it goes. I've always been more of a private person, and my blog has been a great outlet for me to share the origin of some of my creative projects, and what makes me tick in the business. But I haven't used it to express much personal stuff, but I've been trying to change that. I won't lie- I find it hard to put it out there for others to read, to be transparent. But, I'll try: I've had a hard week. Monday, I threw out my back, and the pain has made it hard to focus on anything else. In my life, my priorities are in this order: I have my family and friends to put before work, my clients to put before the other parts of the business, and myself. Putting yourself last turns out to be kind of wrong. If you neglect yourself, you can't help anyone else. I mean, I know this. They tell you on any flight- secure your oxygen before helping someone else- I talk about it with my business-owning friends, other moms, and we say how can we find balance? Where does it come from and why is it so hard? But it turns out knowing something and doing something about it are two very different things. And, this week, in the depths of back agony, when I couldn't sleep, get up without moving like a snail, and only putting in 3-4 hours of work a day, it turned out I really couldn't hardly help anyone else because I needed to recover. Sometimes, we need to receive to give, and there needs to be balance in that. You can't give, give, give without taking something for yourself. Trying to take the negative implications out of being selfish, self-centered, so that when you receive, you can then give again. So my challenge to myself in the upcoming weeks, is to carve out a day for myself, and on that day to do something I want or need to do, whether it's to work on the new invitation line for the company, or get a massage, or walk along the lake, or have a long lunch with my husband. And, as Lara Casey has shown me, take the time to be a little transparent, because in that, you can really find what you need.

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