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When You Need a Break


This month marks more than just a normal change in seasons for me. On August 31st I walked out the doors of my employer of over 13 years for the last time. It’s a big thing but it was a relatively  easy decision. While there may have been a few options to continue, it was time for me to walk away. 


What’s on the other side? I don’t know yet but I do know that I need a break. I know we can’t all leave a job (trust me, I never ever would have done this under other circumstances) but we can walk away from so many things the are weighing us down. What is if for you? Is it something as big as a job or is it smaller like a commitment that just takes too much time or even smaller like stuff? Have you lived with that … fill in your blank here (a room that is a mess, a pile of clutter, that piece of furniture or art that is in good shape but you hate, that thing a really nice person gave you but that is just not your style) for so long and it makes you tense to look at it? Think about that for a moment. 


Fall is my absolute favorite and besides that everything is gorgeously beautiful and there is so much to celebrate, I think it’s also because it feels like relief. Tennessee summers are so hot and humid, when it finally shifts to Fall, even for a moment… you can breath and a weight is lifted. That alone is glorious but it doesn’t stop there. That relief opens up so many new opportunities… long walks, fires and s’mores, sweaters and boots, open windows and so much more. 


One season has to end to make way for all that can be. 


No matter where you are, I hope you can let go of something that’s weighing you down. It’s ok to walk away sometimes. 


It’s ok to take a break… for 5 minutes or even longer. 
It’s ok to not answer the phone when you just can’t. 
It’s ok to throw that thing away. 
It’s ok to take a day off just because you want to. 
It’s ok to throw out your plans. 
It’s ok to sit instead of do. 
It’s ok to do instead of sit.
It’s ok to say no.
It’s ok to say yes. 

Even the trees take a season to shed their leaves and start again. Celebrate this season by taking a break from “that thing” and embrace the glorious other side. 

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