By Rachel Hill

This may seem like a weird concept to be kicking off 2023 with, since most of us have just returned from some time off for the holidays, but as we set our intentions in this New Year, it may be worthwhile already considering where you’ll fit in that time to unwind.

Summer Shenanigans

This past summer, my husband and I were trying to figure out a way to sneak in one last little adventure before those long and warm summer days began to wane. I suggested, after going down a YouTube rabbit hole, that we trek the seven hours to upstate New York to the Catskills to stay at this unique tiny home that you could book through Airbnb. It took a little convincing to talk my husband into making such a long drive for such a short stay. We only stayed two nights.

Upon arrival we were greeted with wide-open spaces, beautiful views, and most importantly, quiet. We could talk, think, read, and really just reset without the constant soundtrack of work, chores, and big picture philosophical questions like, “What am I doing with my life?!” We left centered and ready for the noise of daily life that swiftly moved back in as my mother-in-law, who was at our house dog sitting, promptly informed us that a fence we recently had put up by contractors needed some boards nailed in and that our dog Chewie was walking with a limp.

Inspiration From an Unlikely Source

While scrolling through LinkedIn I came across a post from Eversound founder Matt Reiners that shared:

The response was resounding YES, echoing similar sentiments, which you can read here.

And then, more recently, our own fearless leader, Steve Moran shared in a post:

What struck me from both of these posts was where both of these super busy guys decided to share this moment of vulnerability: LinkedIn. As we all know, LinkedIn is typically a platform used to showcase how busy we are, share the wins not the losses, and look more badass than we really are. I love that these two chose to share on this platform that it’s okay to take a break. To rest.

Searching for Motivation

Whenever a new year rolls around, we all look at it as an opportunity to do MORE.

MORE business. Earn MORE. Exercise MORE. Eat MORE nutritional foods. BUT what if instead we look at the New Year as an opportunity to be more intentional about how we spend our time and our energy so that in turn we can be more motivated and get more done and be happy while doing it?! Just throwing it out there!