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Monday, September 26, 2016

Listening to Your Body

As you read this, I'm in Cleveland for a work conference.   I can't wait to tell you all about this city and how I've fallen in love with it, but for now I want to tell you why I'm sitting in a hotel room writing this post instead.

When I travel, I feel immense pressure to really explore a city.  Life is so short, and I want to experience as many things and see as many places as possible.  I have really bad FOMO, and when I travel for work, it's like FOMO on steroids.  My schedule is limited because I'm typically working during business hours, so I try to cram my evenings full of cool experiences and delicious food.  On top of that, I'm still adjusting to traveling alone.  I get nervous, and I have to force myself not to hole up in a hotel room for the entire trip.

I've been going non-stop.  So after getting a blister and getting a little lost while trying to get home from my conference, I gave up and hopped in an Uber.  I immediately sunk into my bed, and my body was shaking.  I knew at that point enough was enough.  I cancelled my plans and walked to the gourmet grocery store across the street for a sandwich and fruit, then threw on a cozy hotel robe and called it a night.  While I wanted to see my new friends and mingle with other young professionals, I knew I needed to listen to my body and take a break.

Women are expected to balance it all - work, school, blogging, side projects, families, social lives... you name it.  But when we don't take care of ourselves, we end up like I was tonight - exhausted, physically weak, and anxious.

I hope that as this week gears off, you'll remember to listen to your body.  If you're feeling physically or mentally exhausted, take a little break to let your mind and body rest.  Failing to do so results in burnout, and we can all attest to how not fun that is.

Happy Monday, and hang in there!


  1. I am definitely all for listening to your body. Last week felt like such a whirlwind to me, I am really anxious to have a slower paced week this week. I'm glad you gave yourself a little time to relax in Cleveland!

  2. Yes! Listen to your body! We push ourselves too much most of the time and its not healthy for us!

  3. I always always always listen to my body and it's been a great thing since I started doing that. I get a lot of social anxiety and sometimes I know battling through it will make for a great time out with friends, but other times I just know when to sit it out. Same with physical symptoms, sometimes you just have to trust your body to know what's right!


  4. It's so great that you listened to your body and slowed down. I have so been there before. Better to take the day then to lose the month!

    Rachel |

  5. My dad has definitely been that voice inside my head that has been reminding me and encouraging me to take time for myself and really pay attention to how my body is feeling. I know that your body is thanking you for listening to her!

  6. Girl, I hear you! I am exactly like that... got to make every minute count! But so glad you listened to your body on that one. Rest up and you'll be ready for your next round of exploring in no time.

    Sara Kate Styling

  7. I always listen to my body!!! I hope you get lots of rest.

  8. Great post-- we can definitely forget about taking care of ourselves when we're go-go-going all the time. Hope you get some R&R!

  9. Such an important message! I can relate to being in a new city and wanting to explore everything, but I, too, have found taking a break and listening to your body is always best!

    Cristina /

  10. couldn't agree w/ you anymore on this! I'm constantly running around because I have the type of personality that prefers to never stop..but every now & then, I crash if I don't cut myself a break early enough. chances are, I know that wall is coming before I hit it so I do what I can to unwind & relax and it works every time. x, nicole ≫

  11. I ca relate - got to make every minute of your time count. Listening to your body is so important!

    xoxo, Candice

  12. So sorry to hear you're feeling this way but we all go through it at one point or another. Stay strong like I know you are!

  13. Definitely listen to your body darling! I can't wait to hear all about your project. Xoxo

    Edwige |

  14. Such a great post and I can totally identify with this right now. I started grad school about a month ago and between all of the coursework, the networking events, the group projects, and my blog, I haven't had time to work out or sleep properly in weeks.. and my blog is definitely suffering as a result. Take the time you need babe :)
    XO Amanda |

  15. I can find myself in your words, but i am trying to relay as much as i can and treat myself with healthy food and also stuff that makes me feel happy xox

  16. Travel FOMO is the worst kind of FOMO, but you're right, listening to your body is so much more important. I've loved following along with your adventures on Snapchat by the way. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  17. I need to listen to my body more. I get so nervous and anxious doing almost anything by myself, but then I feel like I need to push myself to be more social and outgoing. Hope you enjoyed your time in Cleveland!

    Marshall |

  18. Listening to your body is important! We all need a little break sometimes. Best of luck with the rest of your conference!

    xo //

  19. I love this- there's so much pressure to be doing something fun all the time but I know sometimes all I need is a weekend of no plans!


  20. This is so, so true and important!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls