If you read Kelly’s post on Friday, you’ll have heard about Chobani’s #BreakYouMake campaign. It should come as no surprise that we as Americans have a “go go go” mentality and tend to forget to take some time for ourselves to step back and take a breather.
Chobani wants us all to nominate someone in our life this month who deserves a break. I don’t know about you, but my favorite breaks involve food, and what better time to try a Chobani Flip! I mean…Almond Coco Loco? Yes please! While I think all of us could really use a break, I decided to focus on my sister Cassie.
While Cassie is my younger sister and I like to take credit in teaching her everything she knows, I could learn a thing or two from her organizational skills. Her closet is organized by sleeve length, and she has a formula for what type of shirt to wear depending on the weather forecast. You know, like if it’s 75-85 degrees that is a t-shirt, but over 85 is a tank top…the usual kind of closet layout. She also has To-Do lists that often contain making other lists on them. She actually used to get into trouble by my parents because when questioned as to why she hadn’t done X, Y or Z like they asked she’d respond “Well it’s on my list, I just haven’t gotten to it yet”.
Now I think the majority of her lists are Excel Spreadsheets, which is even more ridiculous/impressive. When choosing a college, she had a spreadsheet of schools and their deciding factors, like price, size, distance from home, etc. And if she doesn’t have anything for herself to plan and organize? She’ll do it for you. Like her college roommate, who she spent hours researching nursing schools for her to apply for. Or me, finding potential houses for us to look at in our new town. It’s partly because of this attention to detail that I chose her to be my Maid of Honor. Oh, and because she’s my only sister 😉
In addition to her excessive planning, Cassie also works full-time, teaches fitness classes, is building her dream as a personal stylist (Style By Cassie) and has just started her campaign to compete for Miss Idaho in this year’s Miss USA program. Yeah…she needs a break for sure!
What’s funny is when we were both home last weekend our mom broke her toe (by dropping a toilet on her foot while remodeling their new rental property, because she doesn’t have enough work at home or the cabin…) and was still hobbling around trying to get things done. Cassie and I looked at each other and realized…this is why we don’t know how to relax. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with working hard to accomplish your goals and help others, it is important to take some time for yourself so you don’t get burnt out.
And with that, Cassie, as your older, wiser, more mature and always right sister, I’m telling you to take 15 minutes for yourself today. No planning, no multitasking. Just you! Because as always, sister knows best 😉