If you’re reading for the first time, I’ll catch ya up on what I do for a living. I’m a licensed hairstylist, going on 12 years. 8 of those years I worked for a well established salon in my small town, and after some unfortunate circumstances, I found myself ready to fly the nest. I opened my own salon 3 years ago! I work technically from home. There’s a small building next to my house on our property that I made my own studio.
Anyhow, I’m so fortunate to be able to be so busy and have such a loyal clientele that I am booked solid 4-8 weeks out always. Taking days off are very hard, because playing catch up is no fun. Therefore I never even attempt to unless I schedule myself off weeks or months in advance.
Monday morning I woke up in one of those moods. You know…the getting ready for work but you don’t want to be getting ready for work moods. “I need a mental health day.” I texted B. It was too short of notice to call all of my appts on my schedule that morning, so I chose the least insanely busy day on my book. Thursday.
I rearranged my week, making yesterday an eleven hour day, and Friday a 12 hour day. It’s worth it to me now after this day I have had!
For the first time in probably 4 years, I took a whole day off in the middle of the week. Not because I was sick or tired…just because I felt like it. I have always had issues with anxiety, but lately I have really tried to tackle it in more natural ways than subjecting myself to medication.
Coming up on the one year anniversary of my grandma passing has especially had me in many emotional states. So this morning I had B drop me off 8 miles from home at SIUE, and I hiked back home by myself. I can’t even go to the grocery store by myself, so this was huge for me! We are so lucky to live so very close (literally in our backyard) to the MCT Trail system.
I don’t know what it was Monday morning that inspired me to NEED to do this, to NEED this time to myself, but I feel wonderfully renewed, and ridiculously proud of myself. 8 miles really isn’t a lot. But doing it all alone, that’s what it is that makes it so important. I am fully reset and connected to my body today.
I sincerely enjoyed every step. The weather was perfect and Cash kept me company. His little legs kept up as best as they could, but I ended up putting all 9.8 pounds of him in my pack for a good 4 1/2 miles.
When I got home, B met us out back at the end of our trek. We ran to Sports Authority, bought a new pair of headphones each (I’m doing a 5k this weekend and he a 10k) and B stocked up on some golf stuff. We went out for a late lunch of BBQ and then…I did the most bored wife thing ever. I sat in a golf cart while my husband played 18 holes of golf. But the weather was superb, and the CLOUDS today, my god.
Thanks for reading!