It’s quite easy to be pulled in many different directions at once–at least I hope it’s not just me? I’m attending school full-time and work two part-time jobs (Member Service Rep and Server). I try to maintain some semblance of a social life while also completing my homework and making it to project meetings. I’m part of a team that manages the credit union’s social media, and I also perform some other public relations duties like press releases, contest creation, and a teeny bit of event coordination, and these can keep me busy even after my shift ends.  I volunteer for the local credit union chapter as a Webmaster, and have tried to bring them to social media. Of course, I’m also your resident blogger and a woman just trying to make her way through the pole curriculum. My Google calendar is quite colorful and often quite full. Each day I’m running from one place to another, ticking off the items on my to-do list. I’m everywhere for everyone, and I’ve noticed one important detail: I don’t have any “me” time penciled in.
My average to do list includes a lot of things from my list above, along with “grocery shop,” “oil change,” and “make appointment.” There’s not ever “paint your nails,” “read a book,” or “dance.” There certainly is “pole class,” but unfortunately, that’s all I can usually ever get to–one hour, once a week. Pole (and the other aerial arts) are a great way to get in a little “me” time. I definitely wish I could be at the studio every day!
I’m certain I’m not speaking for myself when I say that many of us spend a lot of time doing things for other people, and very little time doing things for ourselves. Just like your car won’t function after a while without regular maintenance, YOU won’t function very well after a while without a little self-maintenance. I encourage you to set aside time for yourself, whether it means going to the AD studio more often or setting aside 10 minutes to mediate before you make dinner. Please, please, make yourself a priority. You’re no good to anyone if you’re not taking care of yourself!  It also makes it hard to be the best pole-r you can be if you’re completely exhausted from being overloaded. Take care of you, please. I like you and I want you to stick around. 🙂