Take a Break {Notes from the Kind Side}

The week before last the kids and I went with my parents to the beach while Israel and the dog stayed home. I planned to keep doing my 100 day projects because that’s kind of the point of the whole project, and really these things are just for fun, right? But despite the apparent casual commitment, it felt like forcing work into a vacation when I just needed a vacation: our family kindle is not good for typing on, I forgot to bring stuffing for the crocheted owls I was going to make, there as lots of visiting to be had, etc.

So I didn’t force it, even though I could have and might have. I let the two posts I’d scheduled publish and then I took a break from crocheting and writing.

Even though I didn’t plan to.

I think this was something for me to learn.

I have lots of ideas and motivation to prove myself with the things I take on. I don’t want my crocheting called crafting (well, maybe I don’t mind this one too much) or my writing written off as a mommy blog (this one is the one I really worry about.) It’s easy for me to feel like I’ll be losing ground, or maybe I should just quit altogether, or I should continuously hustle to earn arbitrary approval, or maybe I’m just playing after all if I take a break.

I’m learning:

  • My projects are not any less legitimate if I take a break.
  • Just because I don’t get paid at the moment doesn’t mean it’s not work.
  • Even the most creative endeavors require an actual vacation every now and then.
  • It’s ok to take a break when I know I need one, even if I didn’t plan on it.

So what about you? Do you need a break? What stories do you tell yourself about taking a break? Are they catastrophic? Chances are you need one, too. How can you embrace a break in a small way?

Let me know in the comments!

I need help with this, too.


Notes from the Kind Side Project
This project counteracts my habit of self-critique, and frees me up to just do something. I hope you’re encouraged, too.

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