“Painful feelings are, by their very nature, temporary. They will weaken over time as long as we don’t prolong or amplify them through resistance or avoidance. The only way to eventually free ourselves from debilitating pain, therefore, is to be with it as it is. The only way out is through.”
― Kristin Neff
This week was one I hope does not repeat often — or, ever. I let an overwhelming workweek affect my attitude and personal life, creating a mindless zombie who essentially sleep walked her way through five days. I found myself frequently setting out to complete a task to discover I had already done so. And don’t even get me started on healthy eating and working out, because they not only didn’t exist this week but their terrible opposites were out in full force.
As the week progressed, it was extremely difficult to not be angry at myself. I dealt with this anger and its cousin disappointment by essentially doing nothing to provide assistance to myself. Finally, on Thursday evening, I hit my breaking point and allowed myself to say no to an event and postpone another commitment. While it was likely too little too late, these decisions did provide a bit of respite.
So, as I reflect on a less-than-ideal week, I’m giving myself permission to let it go, forgive myself and move forward with more mindfulness self-compassion.
week in review
email + digital cleanup
decorated for the holidays
participated in #GivingTuesday
attended friend’s birthday party
categorized + cleaned up blog posts
worked — A LOT
November reflection + December planning
completed annual appraisals + goal setting with staff
posted job opening for new team member
bought tickets for first 2016 Red Rocks show
researched potential NYE getaway
happy hour + birthday celebration
continued reading The Bell Jar
wrote + posted week in review
wrote + posted autumn slowdown
yelled furiously at my TV as the Broncos ended the Pats’ perfect season
Friday-night wind down + drinks with friends
complete presentation for upcoming conference
shopping for Angel Tree kiddos
pack + prepare for conference/Las Vegas
catch up on Master Your Life coursework
read Do The Work
decide on NYE getaway plans
continue reading The Bell Jar
workout + run
2 comments on “week in review”
Seems to me that you are doing great. You’re taking the dizzy out of busy. Good going.