A few years back I went to a conference in Denver. The hotel room had a great sign on the door handle, “I need some ME time.” I thought that was the best reminder ever. We all have very busy lives, but at some point we need to recharge our inner buzz. I decided to start taking 15-30 minutes every day just for me. At that time in my life I had to schedule that into my calendar, as my passion is helping everyone else. It occurred to me that to get full benefit of my time I needed to be out in nature. That would put my ME time in my favorite location. You might think that's a bit difficult living in a city, but it's as close as either of my balconies. The South side of my building listens to the hustle and bustle of downtown Salt Lake City. However, I live on the North side and I look into a magical, Secret Garden of sorts, a three-story, terraced ivy and tree garden complete with bird sanctuary. I receive all sorts of insights from the Nature Spirits in my secret garden. But if I need a change of Nature, I have at least six other favorite spots within 5 minutes of my apartment.
Well that 15-30 minutes has turned into an hour walk followed by meditation or journal time by some favorite trees and/or City Creek, and, of course, petting dogs along the way. That little ME time turned into a lot of exercise (I walked off 24 pounds last year), a lot of mental refreshment, a lot of insights, and a total revamp of my life and my business.
Making yourself a priority is so important I'll go so far as to say it's downright life changing. Give it a try for the next 21 days (they say that's what it takes to set a new habit). Are you up for some life changing activity? You are so worth it!!! Keep me posted.