You have noticed my absence on social media and the blog for the past couple of weeks. Oh, how I’ve missed you my friends! I felt so loved with your encouraging comments. You have no idea how much I needed to hear them! As much as I want to plan my life, sometimes it has a way of surprising me with unexpected turns and I just have to go with it. I’m reaching out to you to say not only am I doing well, but I’m coming back to you soon! There are a few things I’ve learned during this time and I’m opening up my heart to share a little with you today.
Taking time for yourself is necessary
If you’re a blogger or any other hard working American, you probably understand the importance of not overworking yourself. When I hit this road bump, I discovered quickly how much I had been pushing myself to achieve my goals. Striving for goals is a great thing and having a strong work ethic is amazing, but those goals will never be achieved if you overwork yourself. I know I sure did by having a full time teaching job and taking on blogging full time as well. Taking the time to rest not only helped me reflect on what matters most, but also gave me some time to just take care of myself. Both are so vital!
It’s OK not to plan
I am such a planner and live a very organized life that without my schedule I feel like I’m surrounded by chaos. However, sometimes I forget that the very things that are causing me to be “on top of things,” are actually the things that contribute to stress in my life. This blogging break taught me to let go a little and not put so much pressure on myself to be perfect. Only God is perfect and shields all those who take refuge in Him. That is what I’ve learned to do, because only He knows the plans for me. I am an optimist, but this can lead to unrealistic expectations that everything needs to go perfectly. The truth is, life’s messy. It can be unpleasant at times. It can be stressful.
Life moves on
Well, this may sound harsh, but it’s so true! You may have missed me. I hope you did, because I missed you! 😉 You may have not even noticed my absence, and that’s definitely OK too! There are so many other wonderful bloggers out there! But during this break, I learned not to take for granted the wonderful things that life has to offer. Taking the time to appreciate those things God has given you is incredibly important and will make you so much more grateful for what you have! In the end, my lovely community will be here when I return. Thank you so much for your patience with me in my rest.
“God gives His hardest battles to His strongest soldiers!”
Photo credit goes to my sweet husband who took them on a previous trip to Canon Beach, Oregon. He always takes the best pictures and knows how to capture special memories!