I love this quote. It's really resonated with me lately. I've been taking some time lately to rest & reflect. I've never really been one to indulge in 'rest'. It's always made me feel anxious or lazy. In the last month, many of you know, I was put on 'forced' bed rest. I hated every single day of it. There were tears & tantrums! As a leader though, I had to ask myself, 'how can you lead others when you can't even manage yourself?' I'm back on my feet now. And life already feels a bit different. As a business owner, sometimes you can feel a bit trapped. I have an addictive personality so when I'm in the zone.. I am IN the zone! The problem is, I rarely come out of that headspace. I get in the hamster wheel and I...just..keep...going. #hustle (I now hate that word) This can make me a terrible wife, daughter, sister and friend. I've always prioritized the business before most things in my life. It's sad to admit that but I do believe it was crucial for business survival in those first five years. Business ownership isn't for everyone and I've compromised a lot. It's left me with limited close friendships and it's also meant jeopardizing having kids. Have I left my run too late? Maybe? Maybe not? When I'm knee deep in my work, it's tricky to see the big picture. I know (NOW) that you DO need to step away from your work to be better at it. Hobbies ARE important. You need to be refreshed and well rested to make great decisions. As I write my 'to do' list each Sunday, I now also write a 'not to do list'. My new outlook will mean working less hours a week, scheduling days off, saying 'no' a lot more and being much more assertive with my time. Moving forward, I will be spending more time with my family, focusing on the people who matter the most and spending more time with my horse, Marco. Work smarter not harder! Who knows where this new found appreciation for life will take me? On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behaviour becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. Bring it on.