A few weeks ago, I told my therapist that I wanted to do something like bake cookies and deliver them to my friend’s front porches, but the idea overwhelmed me. I missed my friends so much and knew that would help my mood, but I didn’t have the energy to get started. She pointed out that my battery was running very low and I needed to do something less involved to recharge.
Scrolling through social media, I ran across an ad for a virtual leadership conference with Rachel Hollis, called #RISExLIVE. I find her books very motivational. I do not use them for spiritual guidance, but I appreciate the way she takes biblical principles and applies them to life and leadership. The virtual conference was very affordable and some of the speakers really excited me. My mother-in-law even offered to watch the kids for much of the day so I could focus. The conference was a great way to recharge my battery.
Weekly church services are another way my battery typically gets recharged, but we’re in a season of little kids and lots of distraction, so that hasn’t been helping much (through no fault of our awesome leadership team). The day after the conference, my husband and I decided to revamp our Sunday morning routine and did other things to engage the kids during the service so we could concentrate. That worked great! After that, I made a point to listen to some additional sermons from pastors I respect, and even jumped on the trampoline with my kids. I took the kids on a little field trip to see the progress we’ve made at the house we’re flipping (yay for carpet!), and I made a point to eat vegetables with every meal. What a difference!
Do you see what happened there? The jolt that the conference gave me led to a bunch of other good things that helped keep my battery charged. Not only did I do some good things for myself, but I had a fresh burst of creativity that impacted my family, and I have even been able to think to set some goals for the future. It was a pretty big sacrifice to take an entire day to participate in that virtual conference, but the return on my investment was priceless.
My encouragement to you today is to check your battery. Is it running low? If so, what is one small thing you can do to recharge? It may take some sacrifice from you and your family, but it will be worth it.
I might even bake some cookies and deliver them to friends this weekend…
I’d love to know what you’re doing to recharge.