I’m packing up my coziest sweaters (aka all of them) and throwing Apples to Apples in my bag…
🍁 I’m off to Vermont with my husband, Ryan, my sister, my brother-in-law, and their 2 boys (who I’m crazy obsessed Aunt with).
To be honest, my sister and I couldn’t stomach the idea of staying home for Thanksgiving this year.
It’s our first year without both of our parents, and we felt like it’d be better to be somewhere new, somewhere fun.
Ever since my parents died, I’ve noticed this funny thing about life.
Sometimes I’d be sitting in the hospital with my Dad while he was having chemo, and I’d see a friend on Instagram traveling the world with theirs.
Or I’d be frantically trying to save my Mom this past year, while I’d see someone celebrating the “biggest launch of their year!”
On the one hand, it’s hard to see people celebrating and moving their lives forward when you feel like you’ve got something so big and heavy that’s mucking yours up.
But on the other —
I knew there’d been times when I was on IG sharing my latest recipe or how well something was going in my business…
When someone on the other end of the screen was having their own worst moment.
It’s part of life. Some of us are suffering while some are going through happy moments. We all switch places from time-to-time.
So as we go into a week that’s typically focused on sales and buying more stuff… I’m really excited to go hiking, stay up too late with my nephews (shh! Don’t tell my sister), and eat ALL of the fall things.
(Psst! Make sure you open Thursday’s email. It’s typically the most loved email of the entire year.)
This year I was focused on my health, slowing down/healing, and being laser focused on what actually matters (in my both my professional and personal lives).
It’s been a year this week since I started going to my favorite local gym and taking 2x/week personal training sessions. Not to toot my own horn (toot toot!), but I’ve gotten REALLY strong. Stronger than I think I’ve been since I traveled the world and played volleyball 24/7.
Starting a movement practice is a funny thing —
It has a trickle down effect on everything else in your life.
I go to bed earlier, because I know I’ve got my trainer, Lorraine, waiting for me at 8am.
I lay out my clothes, because it makes it THAT much easier to get up when it’s still dark out.
I eat to replenish and fuel myself. When you’re working this hard, you can’t skip meals or have cutesy girl dinners (I have strong dinners instead 😂).
I drink enough water, because I know that if I don’t, I’ll want to pass out during my STRONG class at the gym.
And the effects haven’t just been physical or related to health.
I’ve had creative bursts of energy following some of my best workouts — I’ve even generated ideas that will probably sell thousands and thousands in revenue for my business.
And as somebody who usually wants to slink away unnoticed – it’s definitely given me a little hit of confidence when I catch a glimpse of my tricep popping out of my tshirt 😉
If I’ve learned anything this year, it was that the stuff you do offline — the stuff that keeps you sane, replenishes and grounds you — that’s the stuff that actually (inadvertently) makes you a better business owner.
These are the things that keep me most grounded online — and in turn, make me a better CEO.
What’s 1 thing that keeps YOU grounded?! Hit “reply” and let me know! 🙂 (and bonus points if you have any fun games for me to play with my 6 and 7-year old nephews while we’re away!)