Rule #4: You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup

June was a wild month, and that’s really saying something considering what an insane movie plot 2020 has been so far.

June brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the forefront which has been desperately needed for years and it forced us to start having conversations about topics that matter. But along with it, it also brought out years of hurt and anguish. It brought a lot of communities together but it also may have shown you a person’s true colors even when you thought you really knew them. I feel as though I’m not alone in saying that it’s been a rollercoaster of quick turns and sudden drops that have been hard to predict. Some days, I feel light and inspired by change. In the next breath, my heart breaks for the families of those who lost a loved one and then it quickly morphs to fear that my friends or family of color could maybe be next.

Then of course, there’s been the resurgence of the pandemic. Miss Rona didn’t appreciate not being the center of attention. For us living in the state of Texas, we were one of the first states to re-open a couple months ago, and now? We rank 3rd in the country for total number of cases. We’re on this insane upward trend of between four to eight thousand new cases per day. Texas went all go BIG or go home & now we have to go back home. It feels as though another stay at home order is inevitable at this point and we’re just waiting for the governor to tell us that we’re all grounded again since we didn’t know how to play nicely outdoors.

So, like I said, the last month and a half was A LOT. For all of us. So, Lauren and I have been taking a break. We took periodic breaks from social media in all forms. We took breaks from the blog. We took breaks from working out and always eating what’s healthiest. We took mental, emotional, and physical breaks.

Why? Because you can’t pour from an empty cup.

When life gets hard, you are perfectly entitled to be as selfish as you need to take care of yourself. You are entitled to drink that glass of wine, eat that cheat meal, or binge that tv show because you need a minute to yourself. It is your right to unplug from your phone or social media when it becomes overwhelming. You are allowed to do whatever you need to do to keep yourself sane.

But you don’t always have to do it on your own because chances are, especially now a days, that you are not alone in your feelings. Lean on your friends and family in times of need. Reach out to that friend to connect and see how they’re doing. At this point, you give us a call! We’re always down to facetime a friend 😊

Don’t allow social distancing to become a complete self-isolation, find ways to connect with those you love, even if it’s a simple text or phone call.

Whether it’s a global pandemic, the midst of a social movement, or a regular old Tuesday, always find ways to fill up your proverbial cup. Strive to do one thing each day that makes YOU happy, even if it’s as small as blasting your favorite song and having a 2 minute dance party.

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