From the President (April 2018)

Feed Your Soul

“I don’t want to bother you; you must be so busy.”

I hear this a lot. I struggle with this, because I am no different from anyone else. I am no busier than any other woman my age. What is on my plate may be different than others—I have filled my life with travel, work and causes I believe in. I am not accountable to a husband or children. I am accountable to the people and issues I care about.

I like creating a schedule and sticking to that schedule. I am good at making time for both my job and United Methodist Women. I am also becoming good at scheduling in self-care and finding a work/life balance.

It didn’t start off that easy. At one time I had scheduled two 15-minute walks into my workday. I set my phone to notify me 5 minutes before this “appointment.” However, I often turned off the notification, ignored the alert and continued working.
Then I invited my cube mate to join me. I needed the accountability of someone walking with me. I also wanted some company! What started as one grew to two and now can be as many as six walkers! I invited people and I keep inviting. I also know it is OK to put work down for 15 minutes to take care of myself.

Barring health or caretaking needs, I believe we can choose what keeps us busy. It’s not about “having” time; it’s about making time. If it matters, you will make time. Last fall I traveled six weekends, worked a weekend event and ran a half marathon between September 30 and the end of the year. I don’t say this to brag—I did this to myself. I said yes to United Methodist Women and I am honored to be able to do it. I love the opportunities to which I can say yes because of United Methodist Women.

However, last year I was so busy organizing my calendar, adding in self-care and work/life balance that I forgot to include my faith and spiritual growth. With a finite amount of time off from work, I wanted to make sure I had time to travel and be present for United Methodist Women. I let my faith lapse. Yes, I faithfully attended church, at home or away, every Sunday. But I was missing something. My soul was crying out for more. How is it with your soul? I know I haven’t checked in on mine in a while.

The coming of spring is an opportunity to learn something new. I am looking for opportunities for spiritual growth. Attending a spiritual growth retreat, attending Mission u and reading books from the Reading Program are on my list. Whatever it is, I will schedule it into my day and ask for someone to check in with me. There is nothing wrong with taking my time or asking for help. I have the right women around me to help me figure it out. Suggestions are welcome! Thank you for making this another exciting year for United Methodist Women. See you at Assembly!

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