To all those that have turned their hobbies into careers this one is for you..

You are the first to understand how difficult it is to find time off, let alone time for yourself. You love what you do so you can spend hours working away without realizing how many precious moments and sunrises passed. Some would say you lack a social life, love life and/or family life. You ask yourself more often “where did the time go?” Your dad’s hair has turned grey…(WHEN did that happen?!) Your niece is using full sentences, a facebook friend got engaged and already married!?. Next thing you know life is going to happen to everyone around you and you are still in a whirlwind of determination to success.

But don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

I think we can all agree that sometimes we need a second to look at the bigger picture. It’s important to re-energize yourself and take a break. Maybe an excuse for a coffee date to regain a social life, a phone call to our moms or a bike ride will do the trick. If you want to continue loving what you do, you might need to just pull yourself from it for a moment only to appreciate it ten times more.

A close friend of mine and I re-connected about 3 years ago. We’ve been friends from high school working together as lifeguards. Call it faith if you will but this friend and I bumped into each other in Toronto’s AM chaos. The more we would meet the more I realized how work for me and life for her had taken over. Chris and I were lucky enough to celebrate her marriage in the Caribbean these past few days. The special day was absolutely breath taking and enchanting. Although we did find excuses to work even just a little our moment away enhanced our value of love, friendship, family and our jobs and made us forever thankful.

So at the end of the day, take a breath, kick up your feet up and grab some inspiration, because you deserve it.

Clink,
Aleks