Hello Sweet Friend:
Or should I say lovely stranger? It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
If you’re wondering where in goodness I’ve been (which is so sweet, thank you), I’ve got the deets.
And if you’re here for the first time… well hello there gorgeous! I was gone a while, but I’m happy to be back just in time to greet you.
Let’s talk about why I disappeared and how maybe you should take a break too. You are so worthy of rest. Ready to chat? Oh goodness, me too! Let’s do this…
Where Have I Been?!
I disappeared from my spaces on the internet. Poof, no warning, gone! And, oddly, it wasn’t necessary purposeful. What began as a Christmas break extended into the New Year and then became a timeless hiatus. My creative energy wasn’t pulling me to this space; for the first time in years I simply didn’t feel like I had anything to say.
It was strange. But also liberating. If I’m being honest, I think my creativity meter began to wane in 2020 (for reasons I imagine are fairly obvious to all of us). And I’m absolutely certain I’m not alone.
As 2022 made it’s grand entrance, I needed a break. And I leaned into it. With absolutely no end date in mind.
But today… today I feel that beautiful flame has returned! I want to speak with you. I’m excited to write! And while I’m certainly not going to guarantee the return to a regular schedule just yet, I do intend to dive into that joyous feeling.
Are Long Breaks a Good Idea?
Was this the best course of action for my website? Oh certainly not! From a “success” perspective I’ve basically put my car in reverse and sped away backwards as quickly as possible.
But what is the point of success if you’re burnt out? Why fight to get somewhere if you arrive exhausted, ragged and unhappy? Is it worth it if it goes from passion project to grim necessity?
My personal answer is no.
Well there are unfortunately times in life when there is no option but to push through, whenever possible I encourage you to meet yourself where you are. You are worthy of a break. It’s ok to put that dang car in reverse and back it on up. The world will continue to turn, and when you’re ready, you can bounce back or go onward in an entirely new, equally as wonderful, direction.
Resting is Healing
As I hit what feels like the tail end of a very long break, I’m proud that I’m wholeheartedly on my side. That I cherish my well-being and I will be there for myself in whatever way I need. We’re all so worthy of that kind of partnership with ourselves.
So if you’re feeling burnt out but fighting some intense guilt over your need to stop, know that it’s ok to rest. Stop sweet friend.
Sometimes doing your best is allowing yourself to do absolutely nothing. Truly, I don’t think we do that for ourselves often enough.
Health and love always,
Ps. As I hop back into this space, I would adore to hear from you. What would you like for us to talk about? Is there anything you wish I’d explore further or discuss in this space? I’m excited to hear from you.
Thought of the day: You are always brilliant, even when you feel like you aren’t shining brightly <3
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