Rory and Carolyn met in seminary, fell in love, and got married. They decided to hold off on starting their own family while they settled into their first jobs in North Dakota. After a few years, they moved to Minnesota, where Rory accepted a job as a minister, and Carolyn enrolled in a hospital chaplain residency program. At the time, they did not know how important the decision to move would be for their future family. When they moved, neither North Dakota nor Minnesota had SMA on their newborn screening panel. It wasn’t until March 2018 that Minnesota adopted and implemented newborn screening for SMA, and then several months later, in 2018, Rory and Carolyn’s only son Edan was born.
Hi everyone! My latest column is about balance — specifically, finding a balance between rest and productivity. I’ve been working myself to the bone to finish the first revision of my book, and the stress is starting to show. I’m trying to slow down so I don’t burn out.
By nature, I’m a workaholic. I love being productive. But I often feel trapped in a body that doesn’t allow me to work at the pace I want. It stresses me out. I become frustrated with myself. Eventually, I come to terms with it. Then I finally take some time to rest.
It’s a vicious circle for sure, and since the pandemic began I’ve been working more to keep my mind distracted. As a result, I put rest on the back burner. So, I’m still trying to find a balance myself. But I think it starts with simply listening to your body and honoring it when it tells you it’s time to rest.
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