I’ve increasingly felt brain fog whenever I sit down to write. It’s not that I don’t have ideas; I just can’t think through how to develop them in a way that is fresh or hasn’t been written before. The task of writing feels stale, clinical.
When I shared my weariness with my husband, he gave me great advice. “Take time off. Play. Rest. Enjoy the holidays. Don’t think about the book or the blog until the New Year. Get your heart back. The blog and book can wait.”
Even though I tend to be Type A (and stick to my self-imposed schedules no matter what), I know what he said is true. It’s imperative I take a break. My heart has been through the ringer this year.
We’ve been on the road almost non-stop, and when we were home, we helped Quintin and Anna plan their wedding. Shortly after that beautiful day, we shockingly ended up planning Anna’s funeral, a take-your-breath-away kick in the gut.
It’s time to rest.
I’d like to invest in something creative besides my writing, so my heart and brain come alive again. Writing has so much editing involved that I’m often in “focus” mode. And according to research, that’s a sure route to deplete anyone’s energy.
I also need to be present for my family as we navigate our first holiday season without sweet, funny Anna.
I’m giving my body, soul, and spirit a gift: I’ll be taking time off from writing for this blog (and my book) through the New Year, and maybe longer if I feel I still need it. It’ll be a true sabbatical – the first in my life.
With that in mind, here are a few links you can enjoy in the coming weeks:
Why a rested brain is more creative. An excerpt: “Rest is not this optional leftover activity. Work and rest are actually partners. They are like different parts of a wave. You can’t have the high without the low. The better you are at resting, the better you will be at working.”
And here are a few past blog posts I did specifically for the holiday season:
Thank you all for reading and following, I truly appreciate the encouragement and kind words many of you have given me.
Have a blessed Holiday Season! I’ll let you know in the New Year how my sabbatical went!