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Alittle me time goes a long way

In the 24-hour news cycle that dominates journalism today, it is easy to find yourself run a little ragged. Everyone who calls believes their event is the most important thing to be covered, and in an attempt to do it all, you work way more hours than you ever planned and still, not everyone is happy.

This isn’t only true of hectic newsrooms.

I’m sure people in most professions (I would include “mom” as a profession) feel a similar way at least some days.

But recently I’ve rediscovered the importance of “me” time.

It doesn’t matter what you like to do, it is important to take some time to just kick back and do something fun.

It could mean a bubble bath and a good book, a couple of beers at the local brewery or dinner with friends.

These little timeframes of fun and sometimes quiet help you unwind, refresh and recharge the batteries a little bit.

I was recently reminded of the importance of “me” time by a speaker who has been invited to the FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference being organized and hosted by The Sheridan Press at Sheridan College.

The event is Oct. 4-5, so it will be here before we know it. This means I’ve been running around like crazy trying to make sure the event is perfect. Committee members have been lifesavers, but knowing the event is just a few short weeks away has got me all wound up.

It is going to be so exciting, informative, fun and empowering.

It is all I can talk about.

But in the whirlwind of planning —phone calls, emails and text messages from speakers and attendees alike — some things have fallen through the cracks.

“…slow down and take a deep breath now and again,” the scheduled speaker reminded me.

She’s right.

So this weekend is packed with a friend’s baby shower, planning for next week’s vacation, the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Brewfest and some “me” time that will include a good book, some good music and a little bit of peace and quiet.

Maybe I’ll even turn the old smartphone off?

Eh, probably not.

 

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Kristen Czaban

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

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