I went to Chicago this past weekend with my husband. Grandma took care of the children. (Huzzah!) It was a much needed break after husband traveled for work two weeks in a row. I laughed my head off with my girlfriends, we went to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants wherein I gorged myself with cheese, and I walked most places I wanted to go. I felt the pinched nerves begin to loosen. My twitch went away.
“I should do this more often,” I thought.
I’m back in Salt Lake now and I’m having a great day. As I was driving home from a school pick-up, it occurred to me that I didn’t need that break because I hate my life, but because I love it. My weekend away helped me to see how much I really do enjoy my children and my home and my everyday routine.
I’m a huge believer in taking breaks, not just with everyday life, but from just about everything. Facebook, blogs, email, TV, sun, snow, people, and even writing. I’ve heard some say that if you want to be a writer, you must write everyday. I say bull. I think if you want to be a writer you must write consistently, and you must write with passion, but everyday seems regular breaks are not only okay, I think they’ll serve your work far more than never stopping.
When we take a break from something, we give ourselves the opportunity to step back, allow what we are creating to sink in a bit and then we can properly evaluate what is working and what is not.