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In Hibernation for the Winter

Here’s what happens when you uproot everything and start fresh: you move into a new stage of life that requires more time, energy and focus.

In Stretching Yourself I described how it felt to apply for a job I thought was beyond my reach. Now—a month later—I am so grateful I took the risk! It’s the best job I’ve ever had.

However, because it’s full-time and involves constant interaction with people, I’m exhausted at the end of the day. I’m an introvert. Every conversation drains my tank a little (sometimes a lot!). Every new piece of information I discover, new person I meet and new system I learn takes something out of me.

So while I love what I do, I’ve had to make changes to protect myself from burning out.

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A New Season

Seasonal boundaries

This She Blossoms newsletter has been a highlight of my week for years. I hoped to continue sending it after I settled into my new job, but I just haven’t had the oomph. 

For the time being I’m lovingly and sadly putting She Blossoms to bed. It could be a wee nap for the winter—hibernation. We might rise and shine in the new year. Or we might need a little longer to really dig into our new life. 

How is your holiday season shaping up? I encourage you to take time to reflect on the upcoming weeks. Winter is traditionally busy (and often lonely) for many people; feeling stretched too thin is disastrous for our health. 

Draw healthy boundaries now, before you’re too exhausted to think. Love yourself enough to say no when you need to, yes when you want to, and maybe when you just don’t know yet.

With love,

Laurie

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2 thoughts on “In Hibernation for the Winter”

  1. Please double think stepping down-i respect you and I feel we are kindred spirits and we even look alike! I so look forward to your adventures. Maybe start a smaller group that interacts with each other to take some pressure off you…this is important. Blessings to you on your new job and we all understand the financial burdens.

    1. Thank you, Roberta! This blog post was supposed to be published in September, but I forgot about it. It was sent to my email subscribers, but not posted here. So my season of winter hibernation is over, and I’m springing forward into Midlife Blossoms 🙂

      Here’s my updated post. I’m excited to be back, and look forward to reconnecting with you.

      Midlife Blossoms ~ Welcome Back!
      https://lauriepawlik.com/blossoming-in-midlife/

      Love from your kindred spirit,
      Laurie

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