Two years ago, it was because Finn was born, and I carved out for myself maternity leave. I returned so refreshed, so excited about my work that I repeated myself the next summer, sans a hospital stay. Another great move—I came with a new-found love for blogging. So I’m doing it again.
Starting next Monday, I’m taking a wee break. It’s for six weeks, and its purpose is for me to keep going strong as I write this blog and lead SLM. I’ve learned that by stepping away just a few feet for a focused amount of time, I regain perspective, I find something new and sweet to smell, and I can enjoy the fruits of my labor along the journey.
You probably won’t notice I’m gone, to be honest. There will continually be new words published here (both mine that I’ve already written, and others’), and I’ll still pop on social media for a new minutes daily. I’ve also learned that you spend more time offline during these summer months, too, which makes me terribly happy—I like that you’re camping and road-tripping and sipping iced tea while the kids splash in the pool.
I’ll still be working during my break—most of my work hours will be spent pouring my heart into my next book, about which I’m crazily and vulnerably excited. I’ll also be rolling up my sleeves and painting, hammering, and screwing in lightbulbs so that we can move in to our new place. I can’t wait to show you pictures of our progress when I return.
But I’ll also be taking the kids to the pool. Camping around this gorgeous slice of the world. Reading just-for-fun books. Having people over for dinner. And making said dinner outside over open flames.
Today at (in)courage I’m sharing a few ways you can join me in taking a summer break over the next few months—they’re not just for kids, you know.
I love summer, but even more—I love living life well. When I pace myself, I can better run the race guided by the map I’ve been handed. There’s more to life than staring at a computer screen…. I hope you join me.
What could you take a break from this summer?