Time out

I took time out of my SuperBusy life yesterday to participate in Girl Scout Day at a ski lodge in Pennsylvania. I packed my briefcase full of work and brought a book to read so that I was set for the day. I intended on ‘relaxing’ in the ski lodge while my husband and kids skiied and snowboarded. I told myself a number of reasons why it was more important for me to stay in the lodge and only pop out once in a while to check in on things. My excuses were many…from I don’t like being outside in the cold weather, to I stink at skiing (least I did last time I skiied 10-20 years ago!), I need to be in the lodge in case someone wants to take a break, and even that it would be too hard on my knees (like running isn’t!?!?).

The weather was beautiful–somewhere in the 50′s. It wasn’t very crowded when we first got there. The conditions were better than I expected. And, I knew that my kids would really love for me to join them rather than staying in the lodge. So, after I got everybody settled with their rental equipment and up the lift chairs, I went back to the car to drop off my briefcase and change into my ski pants (that I brought just in case I changed my mind!). As I saw bus load after bus load pull into the parking lot, I was ready to change my mind again because I didn’t feel like skiing in a crowd or waiting on long lift lines.

Although there were so many reasons to hold back, the strongest most compelling reason not to was that I might have lots of unexpected fun with my family. The work stayed in my briefcase in the car. I focused on just enjoying my self. And, boy did I! I enjoyed being out in the fresh air, casual conversations on the lift chair, thinking about my skiing memories from years gone by when my husband and I first met and were dating, gaining confidence as I went from the bunny slope to the next hill and the next one up from that, and laughing, and laughing some more! My kids were thrilled to see me doing something better than they expected.

No, I’m still not an expert skier; I’ll probably never be because my fear holds me back and I certainly don’t do it very often. However, I have experienced the joy of taking time out and choosing to have fun. I loved being with my family (even though I was always the last one down the mountain!).

I think everyone could sure enjoy time out of their SuperBusy life!

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Natalie Gahrmann, an international expert, empowers professional women to ignite their passion, demonstrate personal leadership and exude greater confidence. Her background in business acumen and leadership development is instinctively applied through 1-1 coaching, workshops and keynote presentations. She can help you gain clarity, focus and direction so that you accomplish more of what's important to YOU!

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