I hope every one of you is doing well. After toying with the idea for the past month, I have decided to take a break from blogging through the end of the year, starting today. I will still be posting my daily November Gratitude Photo Challenge pictures on Facebook and Instagram, but starting December 1st, I will be taking a sabbatical from my social media platforms, as well. I have some personal and creative projects that I want to complete before 2016 comes to a close, and I also want to take some time to rest and reflect as I look ahead to 2017. I hope that this holiday season finds you healthy and happy. I also hope that if you find you need a rest, that you give yourself that gift.
Wishing You Total Well-Being,
Hey There, Well-Beings!
It’s been a rough week. I had an enormous pile of work on my desk and lots of last minute “Hey, can you do this” side projects that had right-now deadlines. The pressure was in-tense. I also had life stuff to handle at home that was pretty pressing, and a whole lot of little things to do, too. Gotta drop off rent before the office closes, gotta go get that missing ingredient for my tutorial, gotta cancel that account before the charges roll over. There were a lot of gottas, and not a lot of wannas and it caught up with me hard. In fact, I finally let myself take a two-and-a-half-hour nap yesterday and I conked out so hard, I straight up drooled on the pillow. Gross? Sure, but also an indication that I needed to rest, so I took the weekend off. In fact, I’m resting right now. Allow me to explain…
I had a plan for blog topics that I made sometime after the first of the year. It was carefully designed calendar and organized AF. I’m still incredibly proud of the work that went into it. It didn’t account for life much, though. Those times we miss personal deadlines because the fridge breaks, or we spend the whole night on the phone with customer service, or our sweet animal companion has an upset tummy and needs to go outside a lot. The pressure we put on ourselves to make something of our side hustle, or in trying to turn it into our main hustle, on top of the pressure we may get from life and from our day jobs will reach an end point eventually. I’m not even talking about the point where something cleanly resolves itself and can be checked off of the To Do as an I Did. I’m talking about the point where you simply cannot press forward for one second longer because you’ve let yourself run on copious amounts of coffee, Kind Bars, and cosmic bargaining and your body and your brain both say “Nope. We did your stuff all week and we’ve decided we want to take a nap.”
I listened. I listened mostly because my eyelids were closing on their own and there was already a terrier snoozing peacefully beside me. I listened because the continued pressure I was placing on myself to make headway on my ongoing decluttering project and get writing done for the week was self-inflicted and the world wasn’t going to stop spinning on its axis if I deviated from the plan to take a little two-day sabbatical. My dreams are important, and so are yours. You will have to press forward sometimes when you’d rather watch Friends re-runs in your bathrobe, but there are also times when that stressful week you just got through truly warrants a siesta, and when those times come around, take the nap, or the bath, or the hike, or whatever recharges you best. You cannot get where you’re going without getting your battery power back up to full strength. Your publication calendar, or whatever your goal list looks like, will still be there when you come back bright eyed and better and you will be better for it.
Wishing You Total Well-Being,