This post is sponsored by Athleta. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I was scrolling through Instagram one day and saw someone post about a phone case that had the words “my brain has too many tabs open,” and now I have claimed that as my personal catchphrase. I probably tell that to Stephen like once a week, because it just feels so relevant to my life as an online business owner, social media manager, friend, wife, sister, daughter, etc.
There are so many things I want to do, so many things I have to do and so many roles I need to play. When your brain works like mine, you often try to do it all at once and rarely succeed. I pressure myself to be it all at all times which is not only impossible and exhausting… it’s also potentially detrimental to the things that actually matter: my relationships.
The thing about NYC that I equally love and hate, is that it seems like everyone is trying to wear all the hats all the time. It’s usually expected from our bosses and, if it’s not, we put the pressure on ourselves. The invigorating part of it is that we all take work seriously and most of us are pursuing careers that we either feel will fulfill us or will make us rich (if we’re lucky, both). The sad part about it is, we feel guilty (and often judged) if we’re not going about this in the same, chicken-with-its-head-cut-off way. We must be “soooo busy” and “sooooo tired” to be successful. It’s complete BS.
At the end of every year, I often find myself revaluating this strategy, and reminding myself that that mentality is nuts-o. People aren’t successful, because they’re crazed and have no time for meaningful relationships. At least that’s not my version of success, so I should stop subscribing to it.
It’s always around December that I feel the need to step back, refresh and realign with myself and what I want out of my life: who I want to be and what I want to achieve. Because of the way my very scrambled brain works, I have a very specific method I have found refreshes me, especially if a vacation or trip home (where the calm and laziness can actually sink in) is out of the question.
The way I need to refresh: step away from rooms with computers and TV’s and go to Central Park with my husband. I have to walk around leisurely and without a set time to return and I have to have on clothes that support that, because when fashion affects your mood, that’s just part of the process. For me my refreshing wear is comfortable, functional and keeps me warm (since the park can be a bit chilly this time of year). Wearing this helps me feel empowered to push past any obstacles that I am putting in my own way and redirect.
Scroll on to see my Athleta look that’s completely meant to make you feel like the girl boss you are by keeping you active, healthy and strong. It was also like 10 degree wind-chill this day, and I was the perfectly warm… so that’s pretty impressive.
Stay tuned to see what a day of refreshing does to my business(es). I can’t wait to share it with you all.