You Can Always Start Over

September 7, 2021


After an incredible month-long vacation I came home ready to hit the ground running. I woke up ready for my first day back at work, sipped my coffee, and planned out my day. I was really excited. After some time off, I was ready to be back and working again. 

However, about a half-hour into my day, I got a splitting headache. The kind where your eye feels like it’s pulsating and everything feels like climbing Mount Everest.

My day started to crumble. I couldn’t focus, let alone be creative when I felt like my bed was calling to me. But I kept resisting the urge to give in to what my body was telling me I needed. I thought it was ridiculous to need to rest after a vacation, but my body felt otherwise. 

But the harder I pushed the more my head raged. I started thinking about how behind I was going to be after only 24 hours and all of the projects that had piled up over my time away. It felt like the muscle pulsating behind my right eye might just burst through my head at any moment. 

I then remembered something my dietician had said when I was working with her in times where I would beat myself up because I felt I hadn’t eaten the way I wanted to, she would say, “you always get to start over tomorrow.” This felt might have been a totally different situation, but also a perfect time to apply that bit of advice. 

I always get to start over tomorrow. Whether I had built up the first day back at work or not. Whether I have bit plans and tons to do, I always get to start over tomorrow.

So, I took a nap and then I curled up with a cup of tea, read a book, and then I did the most pressing things on my to-do list that I felt I could manage and enjoy doing. Simply put, I gave myself some grace. 

I want to extend that same grace to you, my friends. Sometimes pushing through the headache, or the stress isn’t going to solve the issue, but worsen it. 

In case you ever forget, you have an opportunity every day to start fresh. 

So, do me a favor and 

1)         Focus today on all the things you DID get done, not just the ones you didn’t. Even the little things (okay, especially the little things) count.

2)         Remember that there is no shame in stepping away and taking care of your body and mental health regardless of what society says.

3)         Start to tell yourself that giving yourself grace is not being lazy, but allowing you to be the best version of yourself. 

Tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start. 

You got this. I love you. XOXO, CAMDW



Like This




Share This

The Latest from Chelsea’s Blog

post thumbnail

What I Didn’t Expect While Expecting: 6 First Trimester Musings That Apply To Every Day Life

In case you missed it, Domi and I are having a baby!! We are beyond excited to welcome a new member to the family, but the roller coaster of emotions I’ve felt since looking at those two pink lines on the (third) pregnancy test I took that fateful Sunday in November has been overwhelming. No, […]

Read More
post thumbnail

Why Self Worth And Math Don’t Mix – 3 Ways To Remind Yourself “I Am Worthy”

Sometimes we learn a life lesson and it just keeps coming back to us over and over and over again. I know I’ve said it before and I will probably say it hundreds of times more, but your worth cannot be found in any number. Not the number on a scale. Not the number of […]

Read More
post thumbnail

How To Say No When It’s Hard To – 3 Important Thoughts To Consider

  I was on my way to ballet the other day when I just started to cry. I felt so sick of being taken advantage of. I felt like I was always being used and forced into things I didn’t want to do. Domi is always asking me, “Baby, did you really want to do […]

Read More
post thumbnail

How To Be Emotionally Intelligent In Business (and Life) Plans in 9 Steps

    It’s probably not surprising to anyone that I love to make plans. There’s an entire chapter of my book Inexplicably Me entitled, “Some People Have Security Blankets. I Have Lists.” I’ve been making lists and plans since I was seven years old. It’s something that makes me feel safe and, at the same […]

Read More

Follow Chelsea’s Journey

stop and smell quotes