If you follow me on facebook, then you know life has been pretty crazy for in the last few weeks. I’ve been pumping out the Christmas cookie recipes, I did a guest post for Balanced Bites, and I gave my first seminar on Saturday (which was three hours of awesome!). More seminars to come in the New Year too! All of this on top of the podcast, my normal writing for the blog, and the big project I am working on that I will tell you all about toward the end of January (yes, that is officially a teaser). Oh yeah, and I have been tackling all of this during (arguably) the busiest time of the year.
Did I mention that all of this stuff if my hobby?
Somehow I managed to do all of my Christmas shopping, send parcels to my family on the other side of the continent on time (barely!), hang Christmas decorations outside, and put up the tree (although many of our other decorations never made it up this year). I remembered to take the turkey out of the freezer to thaw for Christmas dinner. I let my husband write our Christmas letter this year, and instead of our normal family photo card, we will hopefully find time tomorrow to e-mail the letter and a few pics of the kids to family and friends. I feel like the only reason I’ve succeeded in getting this much done is because I’ve been sacrificing sleep and even yoga.
Today was spent finally baking for gifts for neighbors and for company over the next week, cleaning frantically for my mom’s visit (she should be here in just over an hour! yay!), and spending some much needed quality time with my kids. I fell asleep on the couch this afternoon WHILE reading to my kids (the sweethearts decided it would be a fun game to get blankets and put me to bed!). [Oh, if that’s confusing, I am writing this Sunday evening while paleo cookies are baking in the oven. Yay for multitasking!] I don’t remember the last time I had such an energy crash in the afternoon (and my eating has been clean clean clean). I just need a break!
I have been burning the candle at both ends and I am burnt out!
So, I’m taking an actual break. No new writing for the blog for a week. I’m going to sleep, relax, play, do lots of yoga, and look after myself. I know you are all too busy taking your own breaks and visiting with your friends and families over the next week to read any new content anyway. I will still be on facebook (and twitter and pinterest) and will still respond to your private messages and e-mails (although maybe not as promptly as normal). I am reevaluating how to balance so many competing interests in the next year (more on that in my New Year’s post) and also take better care of myself. For now though, I just need a little time off.
Best wishes to you all for the New Year! I will see you next year (hopefully recharged and raring to go!).