November President's Letter
Updated: Nov 3, 2018
As I type this we are 3 weeks away from Thanksgiving and 8 weeks from Christmas. The pile(s) of year-end tasks continue to grow on my desk, and I am easily overwhelmed with everything required within these next two, short months. The next two weeks have me traveling three times, which I’m unprepared for. I also didn’t bring a lunch to work (again) and the sheer amount of caffeine I’ve consumed isn’t helping matters.
So, what’s a WEO to do?
First, I stare out my office window, take a few deep breaths, and create a list. Not a to-do list, or a packing list, or even a Christmas list, but a list of gratitude, quickly reminding myself of what is good right now:
· Fall leaves
· Cloudy skies
· A good chat with a good friend
· A happy text from my college kid
· A quiet phone
Next, I get out my calendar. I know I am less stressed when I have a plan of action. I now create working lists, both short and long term, of what needs to happen. Now I can prioritize and make timelines, ensuring nothing falls by the wayside or gets lost in the shuffle. This is by no means comprehensive, and doesn’t solve every issue, but it does allow my mind to relax, knowing that I can focus on today’s list, because tomorrow’s (and next week’s) are ready and waiting.
With my calendar open, I make two phone calls and schedule two appointments: one with my chiropractor and one with my massage therapist. Self-care is so important, and so simple, yet so easy to forget. And who am I kidding? Those brows aren’t going to wax themselves, so I make another phone call!
All that’s left is to just do it (which reminds me I should also work out!). I can make mountains of lists, but they won’t accomplish themselves, so I start at the top and get to work. I hope I can remember to savor this season, because in all the hyped-up busyness, it really is a wonderful time of year. A time to enjoy those we love and remember why we work so hard.
I am so thankful for my WEO sisters. Thankful for this community that supports and encourages and lifts each other up … you gals are a blessing to me. It’s an honor I don’t take lightly.