There is a reason I am not a doctor or any other profession that makes you preform well under pressure. I just don’t handle it well. In fact, it makes me anxious just thinking about it. But I do think that a lot of people handle pressure well and thrive off it, like my husband. They don’t call him Last Minute Cotter for a reason ya know?
Anyway, I do have a point here. Let me get to it.
Pressure points, or lack there of. During the week I usually have a few deadlines, classes to teach, Healthy bites to make, recipes to share, clients to train, etc. Yes, it’s a semi structured agenda, but always has wiggle room.
I thrive for that wiggle room. It means less pressure to fit it all in. It means I can change my mind without changing my purpose or my plan. It means that even though I have priorities, sometimes ditching those “to-do” priorities are a life priority. Ya know? A weight is lifted. And you know what? A sense of clarity fills the air. In fact, sometimes that clarity allows me to get the most done or do my best work.
This weekend was full of wiggle room.
Since changing plans for the ZOOMA RACE, the pressure for a weekend run was off. But in fact, I did run and what was meant to be a short run for fresh air turned into a long(ish) leisurely run on the trails. Nope, not saying how far I went or calories burned. I didn’t count those, just ran for time.
The weekends are also my class free days. The days where I don’t have to teach. But I had a little wiggle room on Sunday and decided to come up with my own workout at the gym anyway. My muscles were wiggling from all the Kettle bell work!
Dinner was a good pantry cleanse since we were leaving to house sit soon. No pressure to fix something intricate, lots of wiggle room to work with here. So I got creative… kinda.
Steamed potatoes, sautéed green beans, herbs, and canned salmon mixed in a balsamic cream (cream cheese, garlic,and balsamic glaze mixed) with a little chili sauce on top. Oh and a romaine salad.
Not too bad for a pantry cleanse.
Healthy Bites. Lots of wiggle room this weekend. In fact, I didn’t plan on working on so many orders but I was on a roll and due to some wiggle room in our schedule, I got lots done. Oh and I was also able to make a few surprise custom flavor orders. Those are my favorite!
Chocolate Almond Banana Protein and Cranberry vanilla Rum Pecan
But I have to say, all that pressure I sometimes put on myself during the week, it means nothing. The truth is I am made for wiggle room, perfectly imperfect, always room for INTERNAL improvement (if I want it).
I have a husband who loves me for who I am, not what I do. Which makes me want to do more for him! And which makes me love and respect him more.
I have my faith, and though at times it feels so heavy, I know God’s strength can lift ANYTHING.
I know, pressure can be a good thing. It can break us out of our comfort zones, it can mold our character. I get that. I believe that.
I also believe that we’re human. Just a little bit of wiggle room can help take the pressure off to be someone we’re not and instead embrace who we really are.
Do you thrive under pressure or are do you like the wiggle room?
Since I didn’t announce the March flavor Healthy Bites, I’m thinking I’d like to do a giveaway for them. Yay or nay? I know, tough question.