You know I can't lie to you guys.... this week has been stressful. And as I've signaled above.... vegan cake is helping.
Sleep hasn't been easy... being healthy hasn't been easy.... smiling has even been tough on occasion. It's all because of one simple fact that I know we are all guilty of sometimes... overloading.
I have completely overloaded my plate, because I love being busy. But, as much as we may love feeling hectic and important, you really do have to stop and think: "what's the point in being crazy busy when I can't do anything brilliantly? Isn't it better to be amazing at a few things than average at a million?"
So, blogging has taken a back seat, as you may have noticed. This doesn't make me happy. Today I wanted to get back to it a little and at least share some thoughts/inspirations from this week of madness.
Don't let others decide your worth
If you've ever been bullied - you'll know what I"m talking about here. Some people have a very strong, natural presence and they make themselves the most important person in the room. Not because they naturally have the status, but because they shove everyone else down around them.
Do not let anyone do this to you.
Hold your head high and just focus on what YOU are doing. Get your worth from your work, your relationships and people you love and respect. Not people who make you feel like crap.
Which jobs are the effortless ones?
It's not revolutionary I know.... but I have to remind myself of this everyday.
What makes me happy? What is WORTH the stress? Which jobs have a reward at the end? Even if they aren't jobs... even if it's just cooking, walking, exercise, seeing friends for coffee.... look at your commitments and honor the ones that make sense.
Do what makes you happy and what feels worth it. Remove things off your plate that don't offer a pay off.
Hard work doesn't equal "Bad"
Even if you are following a creative passion - it's still bloody hard work. Hard work that hopefully makes you feel so exhausted and accomplished at the end of the day.
It's a total myth to think that creative people (actors, writers, models) must just love their life 24:7. If only! It's still hard and draining and there are low points, but hopefully, the good outweighs the bad. The highs outweigh the lows. And the passion outweighs the business :)
Insist on Down Time!
Mine is simply an hour or two in a cafe.... simple and effective. I need downtime if I'm to smile and be surrounded by people all day. No matter how busy I am - I NEED TO MAKE TIME for myself.
You must stay sane.
Don't Beat Yourself Up
These are the kinds of weeks you aren't going to be at your shiniest or skinniest (at least if you're a stress-eater like me!)
These are the weeks for bread and red wine. Commit to it.
Wear a loose shirt and get on with your giant "To Do" list and don't get bogged down with trying to be perfect. Be kind to yourself... don't beat yourself up!
Instead of thinking: "God, I feel like crap today", I'm trying to think "wow, I'm at the theatre every day and night this week and am a total ninja."
Next week - we can be green goddesses again.
Having said that... Commit to your Healthy Routines
It is indeed the week for bread and wine... and I'd be lying if I said a glass of red post-show isn't helping me relax (let's examine THAT later) but at the same time, I know I am far more capable and professional when looking after myself.
I'm keeping good routines in place :) If I wasn't, I'd have definitely collapsed by now. Vegan superpowers for the win! Even just hot water and lemon a few times a day helps.
And because I'm healthy 90% of the time, I know that a week of some wine and not much sleep I can recover from!
You Have Complete Control
Oh, that's right... I'm doing this to myself.
Got to keep remembering you are in the drivers seat :) When things are getting stressful, make an action plan to pave an easier road in the immediate future.
Here's to a manic week nearly being over and a more relaxing time ahead.
I'm sure soon I'll be complaining that I'm bored. Hopefully not though ;)
Below are my opening night flowers :) How lucky am I, seriously?
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