Getting back in the race.

Without a doubt the last few months have been very draining on me. I started working full time at a small business, with only two other full time employees, in January. So just as I was getting into the swing of things and getting my groove, BOOM. The pandemic hits and we have to completely rearrange and change the business to survive the times. Long story short, it has been the biggest whirlwind of my life. I have grown so much in the last few months and I am grateful for the challenges that this all has brought me. I not only grew professionally but also just as a human. I have learned so much about myself through this season, I can’t even explain it.

Towards the beginning of this journey I was motivated, all in, focused and just had my eyes on making it through. So I was imagining this finish line of making it to the other side having learned all the things, been so strong and maintained stamina. But at this point in the season, we are kind of at a standstill. I want so badly to keep pushing toward that finish line but it feels as if the race when from 5 miles to 55 miles. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started, and now that I’m in I have to finish.

We are all in the same race. Maybe some of us are walking, some are jogging and some are running full speed ahead. Maybe like me, you started at a sprint and have slowed to a walk or a full on stop. Wherever you are, recognize it and take a peek back at how far you have come. This season is HARD you guys. No matter where you are at, you made it where you are now. You are closer to the finish line and that means something!

This past week I let myself get into a funk for more reasons than just this, but those are for a different day. My funk was partially due to the fact I was tired. I had been focused on running this race so much and getting all that I could out of it that I didn’t stop to rest. So I decided to try to rest. But then when I did I realized that the finish line had moved farther away than I thought. So getting started again felt like starting over. And starting over can be scary and overwhelming. But starting over can also be something beautiful and lead you so many places than you ever thought it could.

If you are feeling stuck and overwhelmed with the uncertainty of this season, I hope you still push through. I hope you gain the courage to get back up on your feet and get moving again. Just take it step by step, at your own pace. You can run a race, come in last, and still accomplish running the race. Give yourself a moment, then get back to it. You have more people on the sidelines cheering for you than you think. More people are encouraged and motivated by you than you realize.

So I challenge you to get back in the race and keep pushing through this week. Maybe that means encouraging someone else or checking in with a friend. Maybe that means getting back into your routine, working out more or preparing your meals. Maybe pushing through just looks like getting a solid 8 hours of sleep each night. Whatever it means to you, you CAN do this. Have your moment, then get back in the race. You’ve got this!

All the love,

Amber

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