You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

This week’s Victory Letter seemed to be stuck deep in my head not wanting to come out. Normally I have this letter done mid-week prior to sending it your way. This week I found myself not in my regular flow and now here I am – the day before publication looking for the light I am supposed shine out into the world. Ever have that happen to you?

This past week took me on a journey that was filled with many question marks of what to expect once I reached my destination. My daughter Bailey had asked me if I would come to California to help take care of my 6-month old grandpuppy, Coco, while Bailey and Steve traveled half way around the world on a journey of their own.

I agreed, feeling blessed that my coaching work allows me to work with clients for the most part anywhere. What I found though was that I had packed my days pretty full of clients and puppy obligations giving me very little me time to just to hang and be – something I have found myself longing to do.

Now don’t get me wrong, there were moments filled with enjoying the garden nursery right next door (today’s pic) that had me digging in the dirt and filling up pots on Bailey’s balconies. There have been morning walks on the beach, evening walks back to the beach to watch amazing sunsets in between the rain storms scattered throughout the week.

What has been so interesting is just what it has taken to get used to a new normal and settling down to a new daily routine. With needing to get Coco out the door first thing and on a walk to take care of her morning “business” I found myself getting easily distracted and missing my usual meditation practice for a good part of the week.

Earlier today, as I washed the breakfast dishes, from somewhere out in the ether came a podcast with Tara Brach over my phone.  Her interview gave me words I needed to hear to get me to re-focus on connecting with myself as she used the word RAIN as an acronym to do a little self-reflection exercise.

Recognize what is happening…

Allow the experience to be there, just as it is…

Investigate with interest and care…

Nurture with self-compassion…

Now as you read this remember our minds are pretty complicated tools that can work either for us,  against us, or somewhere in between.

Now come along with me as I sit with each rain statement from above and how I put it into perspective in helping me to reconnect with myself.

Recognize what is happening…

I am out of my routine, not sure what I should or shouldn’t do – work vs. not working so much – why am I feeling I am not doing enough. Especially after just giving a client the advice to give herself a break and take the weekend off.

Allow the experience to be there, just as it is

I have been here a week with about 10 days left to go. It is beautiful here and I have a sweet puppy to spend time with. I am here to connect and enjoy myself more.

Investigate with interest and care;

What is it that I want in this time that that I am perceiving isn’t happening. What can I shift and change?

Each day seems to be going by so quickly, could it be because I am really enjoying myself?

Nurture with self-compassion.

Bottom line for me is that I have been messing with my morning routine and it’s really throwing me off. I really need more meditation time and less doing time. That is the nurturing the body is craving right now.

And for the days ahead – less work, much more play.  Meditate in the morning and throughout the day. Keep my fingers crossed for some beach days as well if we can get more sunshine! ;)

That’s me … how about you. Give this exercise a try – it really can help if you are feeling stuck inside your head! 

Hope you are finding yourself in a play mode as we officially welcome the summer season with the coming of Memorial Day Weekend. Here’s to a summer full of discovery.  What if you really honored your own “me time” and along with it discovered your true inner best friend.  

To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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