My in-laws stayed with us for three weeks over Christmas... and while it was lovely to see them, having guests for three weeks is tiring!
I didn’t realize how tiring - I’d been berating myself for having low energy after they left, and for being behind on everything (I have emails to reply to from months ago!)
But then I remembered my “fairy godmothers” :)
Two fellow coaches I chat with every week (like a mastermind group).
They’re the kind of people that will say to me:
“Hang on just a minute, Claire! Go easy on yourself. You’ve had a stressful week – it’s understandable you might feel tired or down.”
In short, they pick me up when I’m feeling down, and remind me of things I might have missed.
Because so often, when we’re IN a situation, we can’t see the bigger picture.
We don’t see when we need to rest. Or when we’re being overly harsh on ourselves.
So I started thinking about what my friends/fairy godmothers would say to me.
My prayer for you today is that you have someone in your life like this... (or more than one person!)
They don’t have to be female, and can be any age (but the wisdom from someone older can often be super helpful).
Because I think we all need someone in our life to say:
“Hey! You know what? You just had a really stressful time. Go slow, and ease yourself back into things gently.”
Someone in our life to remind us of the things we’ve done (we usually focus on the things we haven’t done), or the challenges we’ve overcome (often we just see our weaknesses).
Now, if you have a parent or relative in your life like this, that’s fantastic!
But not all of us do.
So look around. Who might be your “fairy godmother”?
Who reminds you to take it easy when you need to... or shows you how far you’ve come?
And if you don’t have someone in your life like this, don’t worry.
You can be your own fairy godmother:
Someone that is on your side, in effect.
And if you ever need a little extra, shoot me an email and I’ll send you some love and care <3
(That reply might be slightly later than usual at the moment, as I get back on track... but it’ll happen! ;)
There’s enough hate and criticism out there.
Find the people who toot your horn, keep you on the right path... and other car-related metaphors :)
Wishing you a lovely weekend,