Sorry, sis!

Dear Sis,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I just have to be honest with you.

I have zero motivation for you today. NONE.

I know, I know "how disappointing!"... "Come on, I know you have something for us"... "Valencia, we need you!"

Trust me, I've played out every sad, heart-wrenching response in my head and I hear you!

But, sis -- I got nothing!

Truth is -- I'm 100% exhausted.

Not like "I-just-need-a-nap-and-I'll-be-fine" exhausted. More like, "I-need-a-week-long-vacation-with-zero-responsibilities-or-worries" exhausted. The kind where you are mentally and emotionally drained.

Tell me I'm not the only one who's been there!

A couple days ago, two officers were killed in the line of duty just outside of Columbus, Ohio. For a news reporter like myself, that means long hours in the rain, little sleep and the massive, yet humbling responsibility of honoring to fallen heroes.

Put that on top of a girl who already over-exerts and over-thinks, and ladies and gents -- you've got yourself one worn out woman!

So, I did what I always do. I sent a text to my sister like "heeeellllpppp meeeeeee".

Of course she responded right away with various solutions and encouragement. (Come through, lil sis!!)

In her thinking of me, she found a quote on Instagram and sent me a screenshot.

It read, in part:

"Keeping busy is not equivalent to being fruitful"

Hoonneeey, I almost had to pull over the car. Those words shook my very core!

How often do we overlook the value of rest and rejuvenation, simply because we've fooled ourselves into believing that busyness = productivity.

It doesn't.

In fact, I'd argue: if you are continuously active, yet mentally and emotionally weak, your works are counter-productive.

Anyone can just show up. Anyone can be lackluster. But, we're on a mission of illuminating light and making a difference in the world around us! Therefore, we must be intentional about preserving our mindsets and taking care of ourselves.

When we are stretched too thin, let's acknowledge that! It's okay to take a step back -- regroup -- rejuvenate -- and, tackle the world around us when we are our strongest.

If I can do it, I know you can, too!

Until next time, V

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