A Great Time for The PTO Networker to Reset

A Great Time for The PTO Networker to Reset

I’ve been a fraud!

This pains me to say, but I haven’t been completely honest with you.

The PTO Networker often advocates for taking Paid Time Off (PTO), emphasizing the importance of self-care, living for oneself, reaching dreams, and fulfilling goals.

And yes, on the surface, I’ve been traveling (which is what I love), seemingly enjoying life’s best adventures, but my hidden truth has been that I haven’t genuinely taken time for me. I’ve been working over and double time, stretching myself thin like over-chewed bubble gum and after weeks, I can finally admit my energy has been sapped – mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Worst of all, my aspirations have felt distant, mainly because I’ve been too drained to pursue them.

But today marks a change:

Today, I stop.

Today, I prioritize myself.

Today, I put action to my purpose.

I refuse to keep myself on the back burner. That’s not where I, nor do you, belong.

This is a reset for the PTO Networker and for you.

A new start.

A new timeline.

The PTO Networker vision of rainbow

This is a reset for the PTO Networker and for you.

Here we go…

Taking time for ourselves means us actually doing that. We need time to process what occurs throughout the day or throughout the week. We need time for ourselves to reset and gain back our focus. We need time for ourselves as creators, as listeners or responders, as mothers, as daughters, as spouses, and as friends.

Tip: We can’t pour from our cups, if our cups are empty. (How many times have we heard that?)

It’s funny, this is something both you and I have likely said: that we won’t over-extend ourselves. We promise not to pour from our cup when it’s half empty or even close to it. Yet, before we know it, there we are: either puzzled by our drained cups or desperately trying to offer whatever little remains in our cups.

You know what- I don’t think I even noticed my cup was drained until I became dehydrated.

What does that even mean? It means I was giving so much energy to everyone and everything else around me that when it came to doing things for myself, I couldn’t. Essentially, I was like a used battery running off sunlight fumes during daylight savings.

Maybe we can identify the signs to help The PTO Networker and the PTO Network out:

  • Extreme tiredness and fatigue (In medical terms, Overwhelming fatigue)
  • The inability to say “No,” even when it’s essential (It’s ok to say “No” even without reason.)
  • Not resting when your body is literally screaming for you to do so.
    • You’ll know this when you get some rest and still wake up tired and your body tells you to go back to bed or to go lay back down.
  • Feeling perpetually on the edge, like any small incident could send us spiraling or jumping off the deep end.

These symptoms are also similar to burnout, check out Using PTO to Challenge Burnout and Enhance Work Life Balance for more information.

So, The PTO Networker, where do we go from here?

It’s a question I’ve pondered all day. The answer, I’ve learned, lies within us.

The PTO Networker

The answer is that we have to dig deep within to find it. Yes, I’m saying that the answer is within you, within each of us. It’s that gut felt feeling you’ve been dismissing, it’s that deep shudder within your heart that almost feels like heartbreak every time you go against what your intuition has already forewarned you about.

Contemplate on the promises you’ve broken to yourself:

  • Think about the routines for self-care that you haven’t kept up with because you “ran out of time or energy.”
  • Think about the time you thought about starting that business to be able to be passionate about something each day, you know, that business idea that you brushed off to be miserable at your current job for. If this resonates, yep, I’m calling us out since we’ve been settling for a mundane job when we coulda shoulda woulda been following our passion.

Change is inevitable whether you are for or against it. If you’re seeing this, it’s because the time is now and I’m just the messenger going through the same thing.

We have to:

  • Stop with the excuses.
  • Stop pretending that if we are blind to our feelings and emotions, they vanish.
  • Thinking that we are not worthy of what we desire because the people we watched or were around did not have our same desires.

Long story short, we have to quit being our own worst enemy!

I mean, maybe you haven’t heard but sometimes the person standing in your way is you (talking to myself here too).

Think about it- If you don’t believe in you. Scratch that, if we don’t believe in ourselves, can we really expect anyone else to?

Let all that shit go, today!

As scary as that sounds, we got this! We can do this because we can do whatever we put our minds to.

The PTO Networker rainbow

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