Monday, January 30, 2012

Midnight Hustler

I saw the term "midnight hustler" in a blog post last week about following your passion while still working your day job. I like the term a lot because it fits my life right now. For the past month or so, around midnight you can find me and Hubby making or designing jewelry, coming up with photo shoot concepts, working on our website and preparing to launch our new business. I don't begrudge any of it because it feels right. It is passion driven to the point that I don't feel tired or burned out when I am doing that.

That said, I need to realize that I am burning the candle at both ends and there isn't much space left in the middle to breathe, meditate, pray, play or rest. Now, I have a major cold that just slammed me out of nowhere. I took some time to rest over the weekend but this week, I plan to try to set aside 10 minutes a night (I know it's not much but I have trouble dedicating time to doing nothing) to unwind and relax between the transition from work to dinner and back to work.

Last week, I tried using a relaxation app to play calming sounds for 30 minutes. That worked for one night. Then I tried a 20 minute spoken meditation app on Hubby's phone. That also worked for one night. For the rest of the week, we worked and were up until about 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. on average. Tonight, I'm going to try a hot shower after work to shake off the day before falling into my midnight hustle.

What do you to to relax when you find that you are working too hard?

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