Today is Monday, May 4th, and this is week #18 of 52 Mondays w/ Sherea VeJauan. Our goal is to break this year down – one Monday at a time. Today, I want to encourage you to take care of yourself. 

As an entrepreneur, I’m constantly in motion. When I’m asked, “How are you doing?” the most natural and respected response is, “Busy!” I listen to motivational speakers daily. These guys are screaming: “Get up. Hustle. Grind.” It’s been hard for me to tell the difference between self-care and laziness. 

I used to think busy was BOSS, and laying down was lazy. One of my first jobs as a teenager was at McDonald’s. My boss, Cleo, used to always say, “If you got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean.” He said, “Whenever I walk by I wanna see you busy.” So, I kept a towel in my hand; I was wiping down things that were already clean. I brought this same motto into my regular life. You wouldn’t catch me resting, chilling, laying around watching television, or play- ing games on my phone. That behavior was for folks with no goals. 

When I would hear people say “I need some ME time,” or “we’re having Girl’s Night Out,” or “it’s gonna be just me and the boys,” that always sounded a little selfish to me. How dare you rest, go and have fun, or have the nerve to go on vacation when there is all of this work that needs to 

be done? And, if you are a parent you know the work will never be done. However, I have learned - the hard way – that if you don’t take time to rest, it will be forced upon you when it’s least convenient. 

Self-care does not mean less work; it means working differ- ently. It means setting up some new rules, new timeframes, and new daily rituals that will hopefully prevent you from burning out. I’m not asking you to stop. I’m asking you to just pause. 

If you already have a self-care program, great! If you don’t have a self-care routine, join my 30-day self care challenge at



 Here’s our 52-week Monday Plan: Do, Plan, Journal, and Read

Sheréa VéJauan

 author of  the 2020 Goals Journal, as well as several other books and journals. Sheréa resides in Southern California, devoted wife of twenty-eight years to her husband Brian, and mother to their three children, Reginald, Jasmyn and Kennedy. Visit her  at  

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