I need to be honest for a second: I’m really burned out.
Packing Light released in September and since then, I’ve been going full steam ahead. I’ve been traveling, speaking and writing full time. My husband and I moved from Minneapolis to Nashville during that time, and we’ve been settling in. It’s been quite an adventure and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
But lately—just in the past few weeks—I’ve been getting that feeling. I’m guessing you know the one.
It goes like this: If I don’t slow down, I’m not going to make it…
I want to write books forever. I really do. I couldn’t ask for a better job. A friend of mine once loved his job so much he would say, “I feel like I’m stealing money!” That’s exactly how I feel. But I also know myself well enough to know: when I get this tired, I run the risk of starting to hate something I’m supposed to love.
So, I’m taking a break.
I’m going to take the whole month of May off from writing.
I have a few projects I’m working on that I need to finish up, so I’ll be working on those. I won’t be totally disconnected from email or social media for the whole month. But I am going to take one week (May 2-9) to get away from the city—no media, no internet, no phone.
I have family coming to visit the following week and, for the rest of the month, I’m just going to be laying low.
I won’t be posting here, and I’ll probably be really slow at responding to email (although, that’s not too different from normal).
I just need to slow down, I need to rest. I need a break.
As the weather gets warmer, I hope you’ll take time to rest, too—whatever that looks like for you. I hope you’ll linger a little longer in your backyard with friends, staying up past your bedtime and sleeping in late. I hope you roast s’mores and eat hotdogs and play games.
I hope you’ll go camping or go for walks or go to ice cream.
I pray you’ll watch the sunset or go for a drive, just because. I pray you get to slow down, some rest, take a break.
I’ll see you back here June 1st.