Days 41, 42 and 43 Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Living Full-On Every DayA part of me was secretly excited that my site was down for over 24 hours (all was good – it was maintenance). That’s because I was way too busy to write a post. And that’s the way it has been for the past 3 days, actually. I’ve been so busy, in fact, that I have only slept 10 hours since Monday (and I write this Thursday morning).

Not all of this is due to something “stressful.” I had many amazing Freedom Junkie client calls, helped dozens of women with their lives and their health, and feng shui’d my house so that it looks like a freakin’ model home (it’s on the market, otherwise it would look like its usual bohemian madness self). I also brought multiple babies into this world in the wee hours, and that, albeit not ideal timing for sleep – is always a miraculous time of day. All this was not without the help of other amazing kick-ass women in my life, like my personal assistant Jenna, my medical assistant Claudia, and my organizers Kristin and Cathy (thank you!). But while those events fed my soul, the sum of the whole left me with my ass whooped. I was so whooped, I was brought to tears – yet I was too tired to cry. So I just thought about how good it would feel like if I did. Dang!

So what to do? I am guessing my future post about today – and perhaps even tomorrow – is going to be about Full On Rest. Amen.

from my morning snow run

I’m writing this as I head to Anchorage. Normally I would be super excited to get there. But being as tired as I am, I am not looking forward to having to build a fire when I get to the yurt, or shovel snow. So instead of focusing on that, I am going to book a massage (maybe even massages!), promise myself that if I don’t get to sleep in an hour after arriving I am also booking a hotel room with a jacuzzi tub for the night, and then I am going to plan a spa day with my Alaskan girls. They could use some pampering after all that backcountry skiing we’re going to do;)

It is funny how I have to give myself permission to rest. After ALL that stuff I accomplished, there’s still a little voice telling me I can do a bit more. But who cares if I could!? Just because we can do more, doesn’t mean we should do more. Yes, I am talking to YOU, fellow super-woman extraordinaire. YOU don’t have to either.

Well then, it is settled: today I am choosing to do nothing. I can be gentle with myself and do absolutely nothing. Let me rephrase – I need to be gentle with myself and do nothing. After all, on top of that sleep deprivation, I also passed through the anniversary of my first encounter with The Big C (8 years yesterday!). Yeehaw! C free baby! A cause to celebrate, but also an emotional experience to be reckoned with.

Which reminds me that I had another mole removed from my right shoulder Monday (Day 41), reminding me of my second run-in with the Big C. It was my four-leaf clover mole. I’ve had it forever. I even have a picture of it. But I wasn’t 100% sure if it was changing or not, and I would prefer not to dance with a melanoma again, so I had them shave it off. And to boot, this was at 7am. Ouch.

So yeah, I deserve every bit of rest I can muster.

Was it worth this degree of fatigue? I’ve already mentioned some Full On moments from the past 3 days. Thinking back on others, I also went for a morning run in the snow (while it was snowing!), and that woke me up big time and had me appreciate beauty first thing in the morning, which is always a blessing. I dipped back into my yoga practice, which escaped me for a bit these past few hectic months. I scored some sweet party wigs for a fiesta I am having this weekend, celebrating that 8th year of being free of my renal cell carcinoma, and visited with some girlfriends I hadn’t connected with for a long time (albeit on the phone!). Plus I spoke to my mom, every day, even though I was utterly exhausted.

So when I choose to focus on those moments, yes, it was all worth it. I’d rather have had some of those moments than been asleep. I’d have done it a little differently in hindsight, perhaps. But sometimes we just have these bursts of time where we barely make it over the finish line. And that’s just life. Sometimes you just need to do what you need to do, and try to do it with as much grace as possible.

I am designing my life to have fewer of those stressful bursts, though. I know I can have both adequate sleep and kick-ass moments. “Sleep when you die” is not a funny phrase to someone who has had cancer twice;)  And in reality, this was just one of those times in life where all those things HAD to be done – and I did them! So I am celebrating the fact that I kicked some busy ass. And I am SO not doing that craziness again for awhile. Promise. We need to remember to fill our cup!

When we find ourselves in those moments of being stretched to our max, this is where Ziji comes in: knowing – no mater what – that you can do it. Because you have time and time again. And you’re still here, having everything you need inside you to move through this, with grace and courage and a kick-ass attitude.

Add a spoonful of self-love and compassion for this gal. I am heading to bed…after booking that massage!

 

Note: Ana Neff is a personal life coach, guide and FreedomJunkie™ She helps individuals awaken their lives of freedom and personal success with confidence, clarity, self-love, and passion. Her monthly Jedi Juice ™ eZine goes out to hundreds of subscribers. Her Full-On 365 blog posts stem from her commitment to living full-on, every day, for 365 days in a row. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can learn more about her coaching programs and download  her FREE Getting Clear Guide by signing up at FreedomJunkie.com! Sign up for her next FREE Jedi Juice Training at FreedomJunkie.com/jedi-juice

8 Comments on Days 41, 42 and 43 Burning the Candle at Both Ends

  1. wendy
    March 15, 2012 at 11:22 am (3 years ago)

    Hey Ana, I hadn’ t realized that you had a renal cell right years ago! Me
    too. And I am an advanced practice nurse as well. CRNA. Ours is, indeed a small world.Take care. Wendy

    Reply
    • wendy
      March 15, 2012 at 11:24 am (3 years ago)

      And, we are about to put our house on the market.

      Reply
      • Ana Neff
        March 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm (3 years ago)

        I am excited and nervous at the same time about selling mine;)

        Reply
    • Ana Neff
      March 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Wow, Wendy – another thriver;) I love how small and amazing this world is! We’ll have to swap stories in person someday. What do you think is one amazing thing you’ve done differently because of your experience?

      Reply
  2. Kristine
    March 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Why wait an hour? Just book the hotel room right along with the massage. The yurt will be there when you get to it.

    Reply
    • Ana Neff
      March 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes! I considered that too… But knowing myself, after I slept a few hours I’d wish I was at the cozy yurt;) i just love the smell of the wood and the feel of it. The good news is, I got in and my man had gotten everything ready (along with a sweet note) so it took only 20 minutes to get the fire going – and I crashed out HEAVILY.

      But girlfriend, my next trip up here I am pre-booking a two-day spa event for my arrival! And by the way, it seems your move has been an awesome thing for you. Right on!

      Reply
  3. Tiny
    March 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm (3 years ago)

    i haven’t read your blog for a while Ana. Wow, you sound different compared to a few weeks ago. So awake, so excited. Good for you ;-)

    have a great trip.
    tiny

    Reply
    • Ana Neff
      March 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Tiny! I am certainly feeling more alive than ever. Committing to living Full On every day – in whatever way that means for you – is something I highly recommend. It really gets you to think “What is ONE THING I can do today so I know I am showing up in this world and with my community in the way I want to?” and if you don’t have the energy to do even one thing, it’s a good awakening that something needs to change. Thanks for noticing;)

      Reply

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