thoughts on taking a step back

Stating the obvious, I’ve been a little MIA this month. Holy smokes life got busy!! When I find my self flirting with “in over my head”, I get to a point where something’s gotta give. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? Anyway, cutting to the chase, I just haven’t had the time or energy to dedicate much to kedgotwed the past few weeks.

thoughts on taking a step back

It leads me to think – we all find ourselves in this situation. I know for a fact I’m not the only busy bee out there!! Taking a step back isn’t something we always like to do, but can be extremely necessary at times.

your personal tolerance

Everyone has a personal tolerance for how much you can handle on your plate. Some of us are cool as a cucumber with a full time job, part time job, a professional organization, a sports league, a dinner club, training for a marathon, and taking online MBA classes! Others of us might feel completely overwhelmed with a full time job and trying to find time to make it to the gym.

My encouragement to you is NEITHER OF THESE SCENARIOS IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER! Don’t ever let yourself feel inadequate or not good enough because you’re in an “in over your head” moment. While I find this is much easier said than done, I still believe it’s important to keep in mind.

know when to say no

Last week was the busiest week I’ve had in a while. I taught 4 classes at Define, had a handful of meetings for work, and hosted a happy hour for BMA (Houston’s local chapter of a national marketing association). Needless to say, I was busyyy. While at the happy hour, a recruiter for a rodeo committee approached my friends and me and started chatting us up about joining the committee. It sounded like a great opportunity to meet new people, network, and gain FREE access to the Houston Rodeo! BUUUTTT, knowing how busy I am in this phase of life, I knew I had to say no.

The moral of this story is to never, ever feel badly for saying no. We can’t do it all, and we shouldn’t try to! Doing less really can be doing more. I’d like to say I apply this principle to my life, but it’s something I’m constantly working on! To be honest, turning down the opportunity to be on this rodeo committee was a huge accomplishment for me!

make time for you

Finally, we’ve talked about this on kedgotwed before…I am a FIRM believer that making time for yourself is essential to personal happiness. Set a realistic goal for yourself and try to stick with it. For example, I try to have “me time” on Friday afternoons and/or Saturday mornings. If you can make time for yourself daily, that is even better! No matter what it is, set a “me time” goal, and do your absolute best to stick with it. If it helps, try scheduling it in your calendar – this time is just as important, if not more important, than any meeting, workout, or lunch date.

Need more ideas on what do do with your “me time”? Check out some books to read and tips on making time for exercising!


In a nutshell, we all reach a boiling point where taking a step back becomes a necessity. Keeping in mind your personal tolerance, knowing when to say know, and having “me time” can all help in keeping your happiness meter full! What thoughts do you have on taking a step back? Have you found yourself in this situation recently?

Ps – Ginormous shout out to my friend, Miguel, for helping me remember the importance in finding time for kedgotwed!!

Lots of love – ked

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12 thoughts to “thoughts on taking a step back”

  1. Stepping back can be so important! I find when I start losing creativity, sometimes I need to back off for a bit. Readjust and come back to it!

    1. Cayla – Yes, yes, yes! It’s amazing how creativity juices start flowing again after a bit of a break! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  2. Yes! Saying “NO” is a practiced skill… For some reason, we tend to feel guilty, when in fact- are free to make choices that are best for us.

    1. Christelle – Such a good point! I definitely agree that we forget we are free to make the best choices for ourselves. Thanks for reading!

  3. Such an important idea-especially as a blogger. I recently took a couple months off of creating content and it was so necessary! I think life comes in seasons and its best to listen to ourselves to take a break when we need it so we can return refreshed and rejuvenated! Love your blog <3

    1. Lavender – I loooove hearing that you took a few months off – good for you!!! I agree, it’s always best to listen to what our body and mind needs. And sometimes, we just need a break! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Nicole – I think it’s something most of us need to work on! To me, baby steps are the best approach 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to read!

  4. Sometimes, stepping back is so important for our inner peace and well being. I really need to say NO more often (I used to always say yes. Yes to working longer hours, doing stuff I don’t enjoy etc). Thank’s for reminding me 🙂 x

    1. Ilka – I’m so glad this post was helpful in reminding you of the importance of saying NO!! Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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