Unplugged in Montana

Sharing a lesson on the power of unplugging to feel renewed and able to keep the ship moving forward.

(deep sigh)

Sometimes the pressure of owning and operating my own business is just too much to handle. The easiest solution I have in those overwhelming moments is to turn off my brain, power down my electronic devices, and pretend that it doesn’t exist for a little while. Sounds like a good plan, no? 😉

Last week, I decided to do just that and hit the off switch. My family and I traveled to Montana — where I grew up — and found a beautiful respite from the daily stress and worries that come hand in hand with being a badass #girlboss (bare with me...the more I say it out-loud, the more I will believe it and the more I will become it).

From the moment we got on the plane to when we arrived back home in Maine (a solid week later), I had no interest in checking my email, Instagram, Zendesk, Voxer, or Facebook. I barely looked at my phone, hardly opened my computer, and didn’t feel one bit guilty about it.

I snowshoed, cross country skied, hit the slopes, and enjoyed 8 inches of fresh powder on Big Mountain in Whitefish, MT. I almost felt like I was free from it all…

But alas, the feeling was short-lived. The responsibilities I have are always there. It’s what consumes me, day in and day out, and what I’m always dreaming about. It's always there, because it’s my passion. If that weren’t the case, I guarantee I wouldn’t be doing this. Energy flows where attention goes…

In the five years that I’ve owned and operated LBC, I’ve realized that being your own boss is a blessing and a curse. The upside is that I have the power to decide when I want to work and when I don’t. The downside, of course, is that no one else is going to do the work for me; it’ll all be waiting when I decide to power back on.

Which was last Monday.

I had a terrible case of the "Sunday scaries" as I thought about all of the work that was ahead of me this week. However, even though the business always needs my attention in some form or another, I’ve realized the importance of hitting that off switch every now and then.

And here's the key:
allowing myself to be ok with that.

Nothing will come crashing down if I focus my attention elsewhere for a little bit. And maybe, just maybe, I'll return to work feeling renewed because of it. Here's hopin'. 😊