The Value of Taking A Break

The Value of Taking A Break

I love the quiet.

That’s an ironic thing for a kid who always has the radio on to say, but it’s true. After the hubbub of a long day (week, year, existence…), I just want to turn down the volume. I don’t need complete silence, but instead of the ongoing barrage of online notifications or yanks on my sleeve paired with “mommy, mom, mama, mom, mom, mom…” from the top of young lungs, I need the lull of a quiet corner.

Take to the beach, turn on the dishwasher, open a window. My mind is so much more clear when I can hear myself think with just white noise in the background.

These sentiments come to you as I reminisce on my recent time away from the kitchen cooking for you lovely folks. (Fact: I didn’t cook for my lovely folks either. While the kitchen is still my favorite room in the house, boy, did a break from dinner responsibility feel good!) It was a lovely week that was actually quite busy. After a surprisingly fun Easter weekend in Cincinnati, I had two days to myself while the girls were at daycare. I pounded through some administrative projects that had been hanging over my head, but then the real fun began.

It was daydreaming time! All sorts of fun things will come down the pipeline in the next few months, but that’s not the point of this post. Today is to celebrate the opportunity to catch your breath and see what’s really going on around you. It’s a phrase often used for business, but also works for life – let’s work ON our life, not in it.

I finally took the time to (re)try out a morning run before sunrise (love) and fresh salads for lunch (don’t love). I made travel plans and reset my 2017 goals after celebrating accomplishments I’ve met already. I spent time with friends instead of late nights with my computer. #Bliss

A weight has been lifted off of my shoulders after this week of spring cleaning. It wasn’t that I was carrying around a boulder. Rather, it was 4,000 tiny grains of nagging sand that weighed on my psyche.

If this feels like you, may I suggest a break? We don’t always get two days completely to ourselves, but how about two hours or even two minutes. Write down your task list vs. keeping it floating in your mind. It may not be that overwhelming then. If you are always planning, do. If you are a doer of minutia, spend a minute or two making a grander plan. Simply, take a breath.

Is making dinner one more hassle on your list? With a renewed spirit and clear mind, it’s the least I can do. Have a good one, friend!

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