Me and my work? We needed some space.
My cousin and I used to hang out so much that we would get tired of each other quickly. We didn’t say it, but the eye rolls and moping probably gave it away. We’d go home, live another week, and the next Sunday we’d be right back to begging to spend the night again. When people are around each other all the time, sometimes they need a break. It was this way with my blogging burn out bonanza last year. But honestly, anytime I’ve taken a hobby and attempted to turn it into a business, I found that the relationship changed.
There is much more to consider when making the shift from just fun to a business, and what once was a fledgling extracurricular activity, now has a pressure that it didn’t previously have. I love blogging, writing, and creating things. That will never change -but I got so wrapped up in creating, I forgot to play.
When You Just Really Want to Push Refresh
I knew it the day I started to crave doing n-o-t-h-i-n-g.
When you’re running for the hills even in your mind, you know you’ve carried too much cargo for one person to handle. Of course we know that God never gives us more than we can handle, according to his word — but sometimes I wonder how much we put on ourselves that he never had any part of.
Truly, I know we can be guided by him. But the issue is when I get going like the Energizer Bunny®, I tend to not stop long enough to hear my loving Father, so it’s no wonder I keep doing more than he intended. He probably tried to warn me.
“The importance of restoration is rooted in our physiology. Human beings aren’t designed to expend energy continuously. Rather, we’re meant to pulse between spending and recovering energy. The difference is that during the day we move from a state of alertness progressively into physiological fatigue approximately every 90 minutes. Our bodies regularly tell us to take a break, but we often override these signals and instead stoke ourselves up with caffeine, sugar and our own emergency reserves — the stress hormones adrenaline, nor-adrenaline and cortisol.”- New York Times
Upon craving nothing, I found my heart craved air with zero agenda and full abandon.
But I can’t always get away far. In fact I hardly can ever. So somewhere between a young bitter heart needing mending and a new day which has dawned, I have found solace in backyard getaways. All I can do is praise God for his hand of provision and mercy. For his Spirit and love. For his continual renewal in my day to life as we walk this path.
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