Well, well, well..

Guess who’s back from much needed time away? THIS GIRL. 

It’s been over a month since my last post.

I know. A MONTH. What have I been doing you ask? Well, a lot’s been going on. I started writing a novel (AKA started getting some of the details sorted out), took on a few DIY projects (and let’s be honest, I’m STILL taking on DIY projects!), and have upgraded from “spring cleaning” to “summer purging” — and it’s exhausting. 

I wrote a post a little while back ago about why I haven’t been writing, and now here I am with the complete opposite post. I haven’t been writing consistently and I don’t even feel guilty about it. For a writer to say that almost seems sacrilegious, but this break has helped me a few different ways.

My goals are clearer now.

I’m a firm believer in the whole “take a step back and re-evaluate what you’re doing” thing, so that’s exactly what I did. I took a step away from everything I was doing and various goals I was trying to achieve and really took a good, long look at it all. 

My problem was that I was taking on too much at once and wearing myself out.

Yes, I want to write a novel. Yes, I want to write and publish articles worth reading. Yes, I want to go through and toss everything I don’t need, from clothes to kitchenware. Yes, I want to start thinking about future career paths. Yes, I want to work as much as possible to make as much as I can this summer. Yes, I want to go places and do things with my boy so we can experience summer and make memories.  

Did that make you tired just reading it? Now imagine trying to do all of these things every day, going to bed, and then waking up and doing it all over again.. day after day after day.. 

Stop doing this. Take your time. Breathe, for God’s sake!

Once I stopped trying to be Wonder Woman I was able to see what on my list of things to do for the day was important and what could wait. I focused on one thing at a time for a little while — and sometimes, I focused on nothing at all (taking a half-hour soak in the tub is sooooo relaxing).

It took a little longer to get certain things done (trust me, I still have SO MUCH JUNK to get rid of!), and other things haven’t even been started yet (every single time I see our bathtub it reminds me of how badly I want to re-caulk the damn thing!).

I took a break because I needed to remind myself that I’m not a super hero. I can’t do everything all at once. I don’t regret it one bit. I’m now at a point where I know what’s important to me and what it is I want to focus on. It wasn’t that I was in a bad place, I just had to learn that in order to achieve your goals you should first figure out how to do so.

It just takes a little bit of time and patience. 

Another reason why I don’t regret my mini-vaycay is that I’d forgotten what it feels like to enjoy the little things, and stepping away from everything for a little while helped me realize that. I took 15 minutes to myself the other day and sat outside with my coffee and a book — I READ A BOOK FOR PLEASURE, GUYS! 

When was the last time you enjoyed 15 minutes to yourself doing what you loved? If the answer is “I can’t remember” or anything longer than “yesterday”… you should take a break right now. It’s a lot to consider when you feel like your plate is oh-so-full, but it’s so rewarding. It can be as short as 15 minutes, or as long as 38 days…. which is apparently what I needed in order to feel motivated and like myself again.

So.. I guess the moral of the story is that you shouldn’t feel guilty and regret taking a break. Take that damn break. Do it. Take a break.

Take a break.

Take a break. 

Take a break.

Take a break.

…I think you get it.

 

 

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