Here's one that's purrfectly relaxing:
And now a note from Cute: You guys, I know this probably isn't very "cute," but I need to let it out and you all are friends to me and this is a blog, which is where people talk about how they feel.
I have been totally and completely overwhelmed lately and I feel like I need a break. If you know me personally, you know I've been searching for a lost cat for the past two weeks. (NOT Pimp or Moo, don't worry, but Stubbie, a parking lot kitty I was rescuing. She somehow got out her first night at her rescue -- a place she has no idea where she's at -- and has been missing. I have spent all my energy these past days looking for her. Two days ago, we found her. She's safe, in some bushes, and has been there since then. I can't get her out yet, but we will.)
I write this blog and The Cat's Meow on Catster. I have a full-time job where I really do three people's worth of jobs. I am trying to find the time to organize my third annual Santa Paws Drive. I freelance for Iams' The Daily Cat blog. I am training for several half marathons, which means I do crazy things like run 14 miles on Saturday mornings... for fun. I have nine parking lot kitties who depend on me and a couple friends for food every day. I recently helped rescue a kitten who was stuck in a car engine, and want desperately to find the time to go visit him at Cats Exclusive, but I don't have the time. (This is his Petfinder page.)
I help Cats Exclusive when I can, helping promote their events and give social media help. I am constantly helping friends place cats and giving out cat advice. I just did a bikini modeling show at a firefighter charity auction to benefit the American Heart Association on Friday. Tomorrow I'm leaving for Vegas for three days for a work-related conference where (thank goodness!) I got out of speaking like I was originally supposed to.
I'm not listing all this out to brag or beg for sympathy, I just need to get it all out. I'm not sure at what point it became too much, but it is. I have no free time.
I love this, all of this. But I need to find time to breathe. I'm not sure how to cut back, or what to cut back, but I have to somehow allow myself to realize that I'm not Superwoman. It's in my nature to be, though; that's us how I am.
So this week I will likely still post Cutes everyday, because this blog makes me happy and it always has. I might take a break from a few other things. I am going to try and use my conference as a sort of "vacation" and enjoy being in a nice resort hotel and pay too much for fabulous spa services. But if a day goes by, and there's no new Cute, please know I'll be back, and please come back the next day.
Sanity is important. Health is important -- both mental and physical. One day I'll learn from all these cats I help and love so much and figure out how to just relax and take it easy.
In the meantime, I'll watch videos like the one up there and smile.