In February of this year, I began working at a brand new job.
I immediately went from living in my yoga pants every day and working on my laptop on my couch to a super busy professional schedule of 9-5 PLUS my own business after hours.
Talk about a shock to the system!
You see, after my contract ended at my previous job, I decided to take advantage of the time off. This was a big decision as we need to be a two-income household. But deep down I knew that I needed to take the time to work on restoring my health and preparing for the next phase of my career.
So I decided to be a bit selfish and not go back to work for a little while.
I’m not going to lie – it was hard on us financially.
But I am lucky to have a super supportive husband – and we made it work!
And it turns out that taking time off from working full time allowed for me to have 6 months of incredible change and productivity.
We moved to a new city, and my husband began a new job. I completed a ton of work I needed for my mental health counseling license (transferring a license from one country to another is a nightmare – I do not recommend it!). And I immersed myself in building my private practice and online coaching business.
But even though I worked, I also took the time to slow down, reflect, and align myself with my goals for the next 5 years. This was really hard for me as I like to stay busy. I like to feel productive and feel like I am achieving something, which is really hard when you work from home and lose touch with the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Being alone every day was a huge adjustment for me, one that I struggled with for some time.
However, as hard as this was, I am REALLY glad that I did it.
Taking 6 months off from the daily grind gave me tremendous insight into who I am, what I want, and how I want my career to be. It gave me the time to learn about being an entrepreneur, online business, and how to move forward with my goals.
It also allowed me the time to just be.
I got to dive back into my yoga practice. I was able to rejuvenate. I got to explore a new city and enjoy my new home. I was able to explore ideas in the kitchen and learn new recipes.
Oh – and I got to REST. A LOT.
I slept a lot, tuned into my body, and often did nothing. It was glorious.
Now that I am back on the grind, I feel more focused, more purposeful, and I have more energy. I really love my new job and I am also still laser focused with my online business.
So what is the lesson here?
Taking time off is a good thing.
We are programmed to just work until we drop, and I believe that we deserve more than that. We deserve time to just BE. We deserve time to rest and rejuvenate. We need time to take care of ourselves.
Without that time off, I would not have been able to rejuvenate my mind, body, and spirit. I would not have had the rest that I needed. And I would not have had the time to get clear on my goals, my needs, and my desires for my life.
So the next time that you have the chance to take some time off – do it. It could be a day, a week, a month, or a year – whatever you can do that will fit into your lifestyle, I promise you will be far more productive once you give yourself the time to stop, breathe, and enjoy life.