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As I pursue my own fulfillment, I find that it’s important to maintain balance. For example, most of you are aware that I am a freelance writer. I choose to do this because I have had a lifelong love affair with words. Writing has always, always been my passion (one of them anyway) and I love it.

However, I also love my husband and my kids (and a few other people, lol).

Being the type of person I am, it’s really easy for me to get too focused on certain areas in my life. Yesterday, my husband mentioned that he was concerned that I was working too much.

Since I really work AROUND my kids–meaning that I work when they don’t need me (i.e. when they’re sleeping, at school, or otherwise engaged), I don’t have a lot of free time. But, as I explained to my husband, writing doesn’t feel like WORK to me.

Still, he’s right in that I must have downtime. So, yesterday, while I did get a few things done workwise, I spent most of my free time playing with the kids. It was wonderful and it turned out that I needed the break.

So, it occurred to me that sometimes we don’t really realize when we need a break–especially when we’re doing something we love. And, I think that sometimes the voices in our lives (whether they come from spouses, parents, kids, or friends) are what we need to recognize that we may be out of balance.

Balance feels good. 🙂

I had noticed that I was feeling very scattered for the past week or so, and often losing my train of thought. By taking the break yesterday, I think that I’m more focused today as I sit down to work.

Today, I challenge you to let ME be the voice in your life who tells you to SLOW DOWN and take a break–even if just for a few minutes. You could certainly use a bit of time for yourself or your family. Try sitting down and doing nothing for ten minutes–or take a walk around the block.

The holiday season leaves many of us frazzled and unfocused. That doesn’t feel good.

I don’t know about you, but I know that when I FEEL good, my life works better. So today, even if just for a moment, take a break and breathe. You won’t regret it.

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8 Responses to Let Me Be the Voice in Your Head Today :)

  1. Thanks for the reminder. I also need to slow down. I think the holidays make me crazy. LOL!! Thanks for the inspiring post.

  2. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

  3. I take breaks all the time. It’s doctor prescribed:-)

  4. I have been sitting at my desk working on the computer since early this morning. I happened to check a few blogs that were recently updated and read yours. It was perfect timing! I needed to hear those words of advice, and you know what? I’m going to take your advice right now and slow down, turn some Christmas music on, light some candles and relax. Thanks for that, Angie.

  5. Hi Angie,

    Thanks for stopping by today! I know exactly what you mean! My career is so much fun now…more than ever before and it is a tricky thing to see break time as necessary.

    Other jobs…yes, most definitely, I needed a break and sometimes took “mental health days” to catch up.

    Now, a whole day can go by and I haven’t thought of anything BUT work. I feel energized and enthused!

    But!! The parts of me that like to play guitar, walk, play golf, read, rest outside under my magnolia tree are all calling out saying….

    LET ME OUT!!!

    Your post reminds me to do just that!

    Cheers!
    Catherine

    BTW Thanks for posting on my blog!!

  6. It’s right that we need to take sometime to take a deep breath, and relax. Work can sometimes take the most of our system—energy, spirit and focus on other matters.

  7. I saw a very sad story about a little kid who asked his dad how much he got paid per hour so he could save up some money to buy an hour of his dad’s time.

  8. You have spoken to and FOR so many!

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