This year, for me, has been a study in staying still and taking deep breaths. I started 2020 with the thought that “This is my year!” I had great clients, was feeling motivated after joining an equine entrepreneur coaching program and really getting my business going in the direction that I wanted.

Then, things changed. It started with a car accident in January (my 3rd since 2018) that set me back, soon after I discovered that I had Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Before I finished processing those relatively devastating health issues, the world went to hell in a handbasket with Covid-19.

Now, this article isn’t about me. It’s about you, it’s about us. It’s about how we are all trying to survive, just survive, in a new reality that will forever change how we see the world. It’s about taking a deep, hard look at our society, how we treat others and the type of world we want to leave our children.

Today is November 5th and the world is waiting with bated breath for the answer to that last question. The United States is in a battle for its very existence. Will they elect for the beginning of a new era and the start of a fix for their broken culture or four more years of corruption, bigotry and, very likely, a civil war?

It’s all right to feel so tired, so sad about what 2020 has brought for us. It’s also completely okay to be not sure where you want to go with your life, your business and your future. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that it’s past time to make time for self-care, connection and compassion. If you take nothing else into 2021, please take this advice: your mental health is so important and so worthy of your consideration. It’s okay to tell yourself, your loved ones and society in general “No. I need time and I’m going to take it to process everything before I make a plan.”

Take a walk, take a bath, read a book, spend time with your loved ones and your pets and, sometimes, just sit and breathe. It will all be okay, but in the meantime, it’s okay to not be okay.

With love and patience, I wish you so much goodness in your life. You are worth it.