There is a quote that goes like this:
Take a rest. A field that has rested yields a bountiful crop.
Ovid Roman poet (43 BC – 17 AD)
Recently, I took a weekend retreat with a group of women that was refreshing and exactly what I needed. Focusing on spiritual principals and supporting one another, the time away from routine days and the opportunity to rest, was rejuvenating. I take this trip each year, and it charges my batteries and makes me a better person in my job, and in life outside of work. I am a better-balanced individual when I have a life outside of everyday tasks.
Giving myself permission to put the focus on me has not always been easy. For some of us, it is on others that a good bit of our energy is spent. I am finding that the more I make self-care a part of my routine, be it exercising, or journaling, the better all around I feel in my work, and the things that I do outside of my job.
This year I have made being active by getting outside and walking, jogging and hiking, a priority. I am fortunate to live in a city with great parks and greenways. If I can’t go for a weekend away, I can certainly go for an hour or two. My favorites of late have been Beaman Park, Richland Creek Greenway and Radnor Lake. For enjoying wildlife, these green spaces give a great opportunity to not only walk, but also see birds, deer, and sometimes turkey. Working at Greenways for Nashville, I am knowledgeable about some of the many great places there are to visit. New trails have recently been added to Metro Parks and Greenways at Peeler Park, and trails are soon to open along the Mill Creek Greenway near Lenox Village. Greenways for Nashville’s website includes not only Metro Nashville’s Parks and Greenway maps and addresses, but also the State’s trails like Radnor, as well. Click here and find your place to recharge.
Renee is the executive director of the non-profit, Greenways for Nashville, a member based organization. In addition to growing private support for the trails and green spaces, she enjoys oil painting, hiking, nature and working in the garden. Renee is married to David Bates of Bates Nursery and Garden Center, a 3rd generation business begun in 1932 by a savvy woman, Bessie Bates.
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