The Mini is an occasional series that talks about personal stories that helped shape my life and career. These ideas have helped shape who I am today and started me on my journey to financial independence.
Last year I experienced something that pushed me to look at my accounting career…I burned out. I pushed myself too hard for too long and ran straight into a wall.
I no longer worked at taking care of myself or my needs. Instead, I concentrated too much on what my job needed from me. I began losing sleep – stuck thinking about the day and tasks ahead. My work day began earlier, ended later and became filled with more and more. Not once did I stop to think about what this was doing to me long term.
That is, until I took a few days off to escape to the woods and camp with my family. During this time I was able to finally take a look at what I was doing to myself and what needed to change.
The first morning of our camping trip, we went for a hike in the woods – two year old daughter strapped to my back. As we hiked on the trail, I experienced something I hadn’t felt in a long time…peace. That moment, I forgot everything except being in the present. I was able to enjoy time with my family and the beautiful view around us.
We need these moments in nature, away from screens, email, and life’s daily stresses. They help relieve mental pressures and take our minds off the things that don’t matter.
I’m still fighting off that burnout but these moments away are helping center my life again.
Don’t forget to take moments for yourself.