Phew. It has been a busy couple of days. My Mom fell on ice (in Iowa) this weekend and I’ve been in the hospital with her.
I am a massive introvert and being around people (and being nice) all the time takes a major toll on my brain. I need to take breaks and re-center.
It reminded me of while I was Mayor and having the weight of a lot of things on your shoulders, I learned how important it was to take care of myself so I was able to do good work for my community.
I’ll follow this up in the future with another podcast on self-care. It’ll be good.
Couple pics from my walkabout:
I needed to take a break on my 4.5 hour drive home from the hospital. Stopped at a beautiful state park called Minneopa State Park in Mankato, Minnesota. they have buffalo (but they were quite a ways away. Therefore – shitty pic.)
Snow was crunchy and perfect for thinking and taking a quick break from everything.
Brad Tabke: Hello, and welcome. Thank you so much for being here today. It is my honor to have you with us for The Community Jobs and Progress Podcast. My name is Brad Tabke, and I’m your host, and here we help elected officials and candidates better serve their community. So I had a different podcast all scheduled and ready to roll today, but decided to record a different one for you. So I was mayor for four years, and one of the major things that I learned is having to take care of yourself, and I learned that lesson, big and bad, yesterday. I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, in Iowa, and my mom, on Saturday, had fallen, and she’s 63 years old, and she fell down, and she snapped her femur and both of the wrists … both of the bones in her forearm, right next to her wrists. And so, we went down there, and hung out at the hospital, and was just busy the entire time, lots of things to do, lots of things to remember, lots of people to tell about things.
So it was one of those things where it was just go, go, go constantly, and making sure to be on all the time, and not getting a lot of rest. And it was great, she’s doing really well. She had surgery on her leg on Sunday morning, and then this morning she is going to have surgery on her arms, so that’ll all be put back together again, six months recovery, she should be doing great. So, that is not the moral of the story here. The moral of the story here is that yesterday, when I was driving back to Minnesota, so it’s about a four and a half hour drive, from where I grew up, to where I live now. And yesterday, as I was driving back, I got seriously overwhelmed, and I had to take a break. And so I stopped in Mankato. There’s a beautiful state park there, called Minneopa State Park, where there are buffalo and there are some big waterfalls and things like that. I’ll post pictures of this in the show notes. This’ll be episode 37, so you can find the pictures that I took at communityjobsandprogress.com/episode37.
But, when I went out, I went out for a walk in the snow. It was crunchy, it was kind of icy, I need to make sure to be careful out there, ’cause that’s what mom did, she just fell on the ice. But it was a, I guess, liberating experience, again, and I remember the times, while I was mayor, when there were things going on, that it was just constant go, go, go, there was not much time for rest, and there just seemed to be a huge weight on your shoulders, and a lot of things going on. And I wasn’t really great at taking breaks, and taking care of myself, and taking rests, and I am a massive introvert, and we’ll get into that in a podcast later on I imagine. But I need time to myself, and I need time to take a break and breathe and just recharge. And while I was an elected official, and especially during campaigns, I was terrible at doing that, and taking care of myself.
I’ve got a few candidates that I’ve worked with in the past, who are even worse at it than I am, which is saying a lot. But I just wanted to take this time to make sure to say, that wherever you’re at, whatever you’re doing, make sure to take care of yourself. Take breaks. Go for walks. Take a Hillary walk in the woods. And make sure just to get out there and take breaks. Give yourself space, because you can do your community, whether you’re a candidate, whether you’re an elected official, you can do your community absolutely no good whatsoever, if you aren’t taking care of yourself. So that’s your number one priority during a campaign, and during an election, is to take care of yourself, get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids, and make sure that you are doing well, and are taken care of as a human being.
Yes, you’ve gotta work hard. Yes, you’ve gotta have long hours, but you also have to take care of yourself. So that’s my message for today. Thank you so much for running to serve your community, or serving your community, and as you’re doing that, make sure to always, always, always take care of yourself. So I took some pretty cool pictures yesterday. I’ll put a couple of them on the show notes, so communityjobsandprogress.com/episode37. And with that, we’ll have the regular schedule program for next week, so this is a short one today, but I look forward to chatting with you again next week. So thank you so much, and have a great day, and again, make sure to take care of yourself.