You know when you get to that point when you have too many plates twirling with too many things on each one and all of a sudden, before you even know it, you’re dropping entire plates? I was there a month ago. I was stressed out about work, trying to keep up with the demands I had invented for yourself with my blog, trying not to be the mom that stuck her kids in front of the TV because she needed a break, and all at the same time I was putting even more space between myself and my husband. Basically, I was over-committed and stressed and it was affecting every part of my life. After all, I only have 2 hands and excess plates can only be balanced for so long.
So, I took a break.
We took a family vacation. Blogging was put on hold for a month. Above all, I spent time with my husband and kids. I regrouped and refocused. I had to call it quits on all the unnecessary stresses of life. Because that happens. It is so easy to become distracted and lose sight of what is really important.
Women, moms, adults in general. We live in a day where we are expected to be busy. We are expected to be able to maintain that intense load of commitments and never falter under the burden we create for ourselves. But…sometimes we need a break. Taking a break doesn’t mean quitting or giving up or failing. You are NOT a failure if you take a moment to regroup. God, self, family, in that order. You occasionally hear someone say that you need to take care of yourself to be able to take care of anyone else (oxygen masks on the airplane story, anyone?). There is truth in that, however.
Ultimately, the plates balance out. It doesn’t take much time, just a step back. Things fall into place and priorities align.