Since January 1, 2017, I have constantly been on the move. A few of my goals for the new year were to get out of the house, experience new adventures, frequent new restaurants, travel as far as my salary will take me, save money and be thankful for each moment. Somewhere between these 25 days, I forgot to rest and now I am beyond TIRED!
Read about my first new restaurant in 2017 here: Ethiopian Delight
My lack of rest started before the new year. My plan was to relax during my two-week vacation but since my best friend was in town from York, England and my sisters and friends were also off of work, I wanted to make sure that I maximized my time away from the office. We all did so much that I can barely remember everything. I had a good time and before I knew it, it was time to go back to work. Within my first hour back at work, my supervisor gave me two new assignments (which I am grateful for) and I have been running nonstop ever since.
With the type of work that I do, we have extreme peaks and valleys. During peaks (like now) I work odd hours and long days. Even when I am not working, my mind is still at the office. I am replaying the day’s events and planning my next day at the same time. I get no more than six hours of sleep per night and my diet is horrible.
In the new year my friends want to spend more quality time (Now this I L♥VE). I have had at least three friends tell me that they want to try 1 new restaurant a month and asked me to accompany them. This is great for me since I am trying to get out of the house and experience new things but goes against my goal to save money this year. With everything going on thus far and thinking about the great things to come, I am starting to feel overwhelmed.
Last night when I got home I was exhausted but my mind wouldn’t let me sleep. I kept thinking about writing, the home repairs I need completed, my job and being intentional about reading my Bible and praying. I haven’t prayed and read the Bible enough in the past few weeks and it really bothers me.
Even though I have a lot of things currently happening and a laundry list of things I hope to happen soon, I have got to start scheduling time for rest. I mean even God rested and he commands us to do the same.
And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when He rested from all His work of creation. ~ Genesis 2:3
Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. ~ Exodus 20:8-10
As unnecessary as this may sound, I am going to start scheduling time for me to relax. I will schedule vacation days so that I can sleep in, I will decline events every now just to watch television instead and I will be more intentional about setting aside time for me to physically and mentally rest
I hope that you do the same.
-Live Life, God Bless