Pressing Pause

Can you relate to this feeling- pulse racing, head spinning, feeling out of control because the to-do list is a mile long and you worry you can’t get it all done? We have all been there and can probably identify a reason it was happening.

Earlier this year, that was me.  It was beginning of June and I was embarking on taking a month off to prepare for my husband’s upcoming deployment in July. Winding down was easy. I had a plan and worked it. I got everything done. Stopped working and focused on my family.

Fast forward to July after. I sat down to map out the rest of my year. Suddenly the hats I was wearing were many and the roles I had to play grew. All of a sudden, I was not just mom but also the person making sure the house was maintained (inside and out), rules were followed, appointments were made and kept, kids got the school year started off on the right foot, college planning for my oldest took place and so on.

Thankfully I have a great support team here that helped when needed because on top of all that, I run a business. One that requires me to travel, be present for my clients, seek out new business to pay bills, etc. By September, I was toast. Burnt out and overwhelmed. Not sure how to get it all done. And it was only 2 months into an almost 7-month deployment. I knew what I had to do.

Press the pause button.  

I had to reset my priorities. Determine what I needed to do to make it through and be the best  I could be.

That meant some things took a back seat until such a time I could pick them back up. I stopped being so consumed with having a perfectly organized life and learned to alright with okay.

In my professional life, I cut out work that caused me unneeded stress, even if it cost me financially. I needed to feel in control and not spiraling. If I didn’t, what good would I be to anyone?I stopped writing. Stopped blogging and putting my thoughts on paper.

Surprisingly, I missed it. You see, two years ago, I hated writing. Then I took a class and learned to enjoy it. I was seeing opportunities to write everywhere I went. I used those opportunities as the guide to my blog posts. They were inspiring me.

It wasn’t until this month that I realized how much I missed writing. A month, I purposely slowed way down to enjoy life- to put goals on paper for my life and business.

So here I am, un-pausing. Writing again. Thinking of topics that inspire. Finding inspiration everywhere I go. Sharing development of all who read these blogs (thankful for all of you!). Living and breathing what I teach my clients. Take care of you. Be in control of what you put on your plate.

So, when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, stressed or wondering how to get it all done, pressing the pause button for a short time may be just what you need.

To your growth, development and amazing potential,


Founder of Through-The-Hayes, Lisa believes that career growth should be exciting, rewarding, and most of all, easy. Her passion and expertise are focused on guiding individuals to be their best so they are ready to take on any professional challenge they face.
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