My Journey to 100 Days to Amazing-Day 21

take a break

Today’s tip for Amazingness:

Happy Labor Day!

(Remember to Take a Break)

Americans work more than most of the world recently bypassing Japan.  We tend to work longer days, take fewer holidays/vacation, and retire at a later age.

“Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers.” – International Labor Organiztion.  In addition we have one of the lowest rates of paid time off in the industrialized world.

In 1882 amidst 12 hour days, 7 days a week, unfair working conditions and often violent strikes Labor Day was instituted.  According to the Department of Labor it is “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”  Labor Day is also a vacation day for many!

While we have not returned to the days of the 1880’s we are working more and more each decade and it is impacting our health. Studies show that overworked Americans are:


  • Stressed out
  • Burned out
  • Have increase mental health issues
  • Are less productive
  • Have increase health issues as a result of being worn out and stressed out
  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Are more anxious

The Japanese call this “Karoshi” it means “Death from overwork”!

We may not be able to change the hours your work or your job, but we can change our attitudes and behaviors.  My recommendation today is to find ways to take a break.  Do something for yourself that feels like a vacation.  Take a walk, read a book, lie on the grass and look at the clouds.  Do this by putting down your electronic devices, turning off your phone and disconnecting even if it is for just and hour or so. Do this for your health and well being and because you are valuable!

On this Labor Day remember the contributions and lessons of those workers before us, but also give yourself a break and rest a little.  You will be refreshed and on the road to Amazing!

So, how’s it going towards my personal goals to amazing? 


Goal one, my Shaklee BusinessYesterday was filled with church, friends, and fun and a little less work!  One of the many benefits of my Shaklee business is the ability to control my hours and work helping me to avoid the above scenario.  If you’d like to join my team here is a little info.

Chapter 1: The Shaklee Opportunity from Shaklee Corporation on Vimeo.

Goal two, my health and fitness: Yesterday was a day of rest and even though I was mindful of my eating through most of the day I spent the evening at a cookout with friends and that is allowed.  It is fine to have special nights as long as that isn’t the pattern every day.  Today is Labor Day and another day of rest.  Back at it tomorrow!

100 Days to Amazing!  You can do amazing things.

I believe you can; you believe you can too!

 What the 100 Days is about:

I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried?  I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual!  What could I do in 100 days?

My Journey to Amazing: My 100 Days to Amazing are committed to making a more successful business as a Shaklee Independent Distributor and I am also committed to 100 days to amazing health and fitness. I want to be fit for my future making sure that my health span matches my life span as closely as possible.  This is my Journey.


All photography is by me. Feel free to share, but I ask that you credit the photo to my Lisa Wright Burbach.  To see more of my photos visit my flickr site and Instagram listed to the right.  I also have some photography on Pinterest.





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