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September 29, 2020

Don't Cancel on Yourself

Photo: Silvana Marshall Photography

Do you cancel on yourself? Do you push aside your personal commitments to accommodate others?

It's something I'm working on. 

Everywhere we look, there are messages stressing the importance of self-care, work-life-balance, healthy minds, and yet, I know I'm not the only one who will cancel or shift her personal appointments -- that includes the gym, an outing, an afternoon of quiet -- only to replace with work, meetings or something of this nature.

This week, I caught myself.

I had a much-needed (and much-deserved) massage booked, well in advance. I was asked to join a meeting. But I didn't budge. I didn't offer to shift. Instead, I offered alternate times. My appointment was important, for my physical and mental well-being. 

I think, as a business owner, there is often fear of a lost opportunity. And as a mom, I'm used to putting others first. But it's taken me a long time to realize the importance of saying "no", and committing to myself as much (or more) than I commit to others.

So, I ask you: do you cancel on yourself? 

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