Running on empty


I often feel like there are days, weeks or even months where I feel like I am running on an empty tank.  I feel tired, I feel depleted, I feel like I can’t put one more thing on my plate.  I feel like its hard to even think about things outside my bubble.  Even though I feel these things, I still have to keep going and keep pushing through.

I am learning we all have the ‘crazy busy’ seasons of our life that take a toll on us, but we must remember to refuel.

As the years go by and I see the ups and downs in my life, I am noticing how healthy habits really do fuel me.  I am making an effort to really exercise some self discipline in a lot of areas of my life, and create some positive habits.

I started going to bed earlier to help my body feel more rested.

I started waking up earlier to build into my life some quiet time.

I began running to help relieve stress and feel healthier.

I started writing and painting to fulfill my creative bucket.

I am trying to read as much as I can.

We started a spending fast for the month to save and reflect on what we have instead of what we need.

I started going back to the basics and studying God’s word, like I did in college.

All these things don’t happen every day, its a balance.  There will always be things outside my perfect schedule that happen, that drain me, that take from me, but these are things that give me life.  However I have found that I need to balance that by making sure I do the things that build into me; emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  Its not easy waking up early when its cold and I still feel tired, or running when my body is screaming NO, but the gain overshadows the pain when it comes to self discipline.

I am learning that it is my responsibility to do these things.

I can’t expect to be filled on any level when I don’t give myself time to fuel.

There is so much I want out of life, but being on empty won’t lead me there.



  1. I admire you for recognizing this and taking the steps (and making sure they are in several areas). I’m so not good at this refueling and run on empty way too often…you’ve inspired me to be more mindful of this for myself!!

  2. Janet Saulter-Hemmer says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog!

  3. Wowww! Your words have spoken exactly how I feel.

  4. So well said. You’re making great decisions and I’m sure they’ll pay off soon.

  5. This is such a great post, thank you for sharing your feelings with us and challenging us. I have been feeling this lately and making some changes as well. Getting up early has been so challenging, but I have LOVED it. I have time to work out, shower and get myself ready, and have my devotional time all without interruption and it’s so peaceful when they are all sleeping! I feel like it just sets my day up right.

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