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Chew On This: A life worth living

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Hi there, this email is going to be a little different from the usual. I'm starting an email series called Chew On This. The idea is to give you a sneak peek at the person behind Mighty Gum, and how I'm approaching this thing called life. I'm going to write one of these every few weeks, and I'd love your feedback and thoughts. Thanks!

"True self-care is not soft baths and chocolate cake. It is making the choice to build a life you don't need to regularly escape from."

Dr. Amy Shah

This is one of those quotes I stumbled upon when I needed to hear it most.

I don't know how this quote is going to speak to you, but for me, it was a reminder to let off the gas pedal of life a bit. As some of you might know, I run Mighty Gum while maintaining a full-time job to pay the bills. That way I can reinvest profits back into Mighty Gum, and keep making decisions that are in the best interest of the business and the consumer, you.

However, doing two jobs while trying to be a good Dad was burning me out. I was just not able to savor all the blessings in my life. I seriously consider my opportunity to serve you, my paycheck, and my son as blessings. But, the intensity of juggling all of it at the same time overshadowed the joy.

A couple of months ago, I decided to take a few days off for the first time in over a year. I really needed that time off, but it gave me the chance to realize that the pace I was operating at wasn't right for me. I mean, what's the point of doing all of this if I can't enjoy the process? In the end, success or not, the only thing I will truly have is this journey.

So, I decided to make some changes in my daily routine. I made it a point to give myself an hour in the morning to sit, think, read, reflect, journal, meditate, and pray. I spend another 30 mins at some point every day doing something I really enjoy. For me this meant getting out my old DJ equipment and mixing some music, reaching out to my friends, and interestingly, coloring (I do this with my son).

Ok, so you're probably wondering how I find the time for all this while balancing my responsibilities? Well, for one, I don't put as much pressure on myself to get everything done. I know that sounds like I'm being irresponsible (I feel guilty as I write this). But, I still get things done, I just don't stress myself out in the process. The next couple of things were the hardest for me, I wake up at 4:30 AM and no longer watch TV during the week. As you can imagine, this creates a lot more time for activities (yes, that's a Step Brothers reference).

Now, I'll be the first to say this isn't a perfect science. Some mornings I sleep in, some weekdays I'll watch TV, some days I stress myself out, but overall I'm finding more instances of joy in my life, and as a result, don't feel the need to escape as often.

I hope this quote helps you focus on the joy in your life.

Sincerely,

​Mat, Founder ❤️

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