PP 189: I Failed the Razor Test

Are you a mompreneur or ladypreneur? If so, you may appreciate this episode. In it, I share one of the indicators that I haven’t allowed myself adequate time for self-care.

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Episode Transcription – I Failed the Razor Test

Before I get into the content for today’s episode, I want you to know that it’s specifically meant for mompreneurs and ladypreneurs. It may be a little bit too much information for anybody who’s not, but I’m hoping… Actually, no, I’m not hoping… I’m thinking that a lot of ladypreneurs and mompreneurs will know exactly what I’m talking about, and will hopefully get a chuckle.

Chuckle… Do I say chuckle? … Will hopefully get a laugh knowing that they’re not alone. And if that really does happen, I would love to hear your feedback, which you can leave at thekimsutton.com/pp189.

Now one other note before I start recording, you’ve heard about the fact that we now have five kittens in our house. They are now four months old, and we did not re-home any of them. Before I started recording this episode, I was trying to get them out of my office and close the door but every time I shut the door, a couple of the kittens would run back in. So if you hear any noises in the background, it’s because they are insisting on playing with the strings of the blinds.

But… This is the Positive Productivity podcast, and life is not about perfection so the show is still going to go on. Today, I have to admit that I failed the razor test.

So, ladies, as I already said, this episode is specifically for you and I’m thinking that some of you may be able to relate.

I Failed the Razor Test

Taking time for self care is so critically important as we’re trying to build and grow our small businesses but, often, our own self care is the last item on our agenda — if it’s even on our agenda. And, just remember, I already gave you the disclaimer that this might be a little bit too much information, but the surefire sign that I have not been taking care of myself as I should have is that when I go to shave my legs, the razor in the shower is already rusty. That’s a surefire sign that it has been way too long. But, between juggling my kids and my clients and the rest of life, sometimes that’s what happens.

This is not to say that I don’t take showers on a regular basis, because I do. However, I jump in, wash my hair, wash my body, jump out, get dressed, put on my makeup and get to work. Taking those extra 5, 10, 15 minutes to shave just doesn’t happen, nor does taking a long soaking hot bath, going to get my haircut or indulging in any of the extra activities that would just give me a few moments to step away.

Now, this is not to say that I’m not getting away from my screen like I say that we all should. I have been actively working on taking more and more time away from my computer every single night, either with my kids or reading a book or just relaxing in bed, journaling, before I go to sleep. However, taking the time for small things, like shaving my legs, it just doesn’t happen.

Last night, I was sitting here at my desk staring at my computer and I realized it was time for a bath. I needed to give myself a break. Take a bath for a little bit, read my book, soak in the bubbles and yes, shave my legs. And when I got into the bathtub, I realized, wow, this razor is way past gone. It’s been way too long.

And, full disclosure, I feel bad for my husband because he had to look at my legs. But even more so, I was self conscious about them, but I was frequently putting myself, at least the shaving legs part of myself, on the back burner.

Yes, the weather’s getting cold. So I’ve been wearing sweatpants and jeans and yoga pants a lot more than I do in the summer. However, that is no excuse to not be taking care of myself and giving myself the time to relax.

Ladies, if you’re failing the razor test, and the next time you get into the shower you realize that your razor is rusty, be sure to schedule a regular date with yourself so that you can indulge in a bubble bath, enjoy shaved legs, and freely relax. Growing our businesses and growing our families raising our kids to be upstanding citizens shouldn’t take every last ounce of energy and time out of our life.

We owe it to ourselves to take care of ourselves. Men, this goes for you too. I can’t really think about a rusty razor analogy for you. Maybe it is…. Maybe you’ve just been so busy that you haven’t shaved your beard recently. If you can give me an analogy that can work for you, I would love to hear it and you can share at thekimsutton.com/pp189.

And with that said, go forth and make it a positive and a productive day.