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What the Flu Gave Me (Besides the Chills): A Moment to Reconnect With Myself

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I'm frequently saying that I should slow down, but I'm terrible at taking my own advice — until I have no other choice. The flu season caught up with me this week so I've been in bed with Kleenex, pressed juice (courtesy of my friend, Chloe), and my O magazine. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." It's reads nicely on screen but actually getting clear about what lies within us is challenging when we're constantly in motion. Drifting in and out of sleep between Alka Seltzer doses became the perfect opportunity for me to reflect on my own unique purpose and the gifts I've been given to further it. What I know for sure is that planning can prevent you from living. I don't need a road map. I just need to listen to my own internal compass.

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Tiffany Dufu #Self Care #Trust Yourself
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I was just thinking about this yesterday. I am finally back at work after having the flu for a week and I realized how desperately my body needed a break. Even when I'm not working, my entire day is planned. I have books I want to read and networking events to go to. I never schedule time to just rest, literally do nothing. One of my coworkers suggested using one vacation day per quarter as a "mental health day" to keep any future colds or illnesses at bay.


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