an intentional holiday

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Fact #1: I had a very relaxing holiday and I hope you did too!

Fact #2: I haven’t turned on my laptop or done any work the whole time I’ve been in Pennsylvania visiting my family (except for writing this post).

When I thought about what this family visit would be like, I assumed that blogging and working would be injected throughout the five days. But the reality is that I am tired. Very tired. I am tired of working, tired of writing, tired of being on the computer, tired of thinking, even tired of being intentional.

Not a good sign for someone who makes their living selling jewelry online and blogging about living a life with intention, huh?

So I turned off the computer, and the thinking, and the writing. I just relaxed, slept, and spent time with my brothers and parents. I have worked out and eaten better. The pause has been good for me. But as I look at my schedule this week, my heart sinks. I “thought” I would have plenty of time to write here on MML. But my planner says otherwise. In fact, since I’ve been MIA about my personal life lately, I’ve included my agenda for this week below:

Tuesday – Fly back to Chicago with a layover in Minneapolis. Spend time with Mr. Lively.

Wednesday – Have brunch with a friend. Clean/unpack/prepare for my best friend and her boyfriend to stay with me for a few days.

Thursday – Entertain best friend and bf ‘s boyfriend and go to a Black Keys concert.

Friday – Celebrate NYE at a friend’s house.

Saturday/Sunday – Recover from best friend’s visit, and get ready for the business to start back up again.

This means that any blogging I’d do in the next few days would be hurried at best. And that’s not what I intend for MML. Which is why I’m deciding to “design my week with intention” and not blog until January 3rd. This will give me plenty of time to regroup, be fully present during my friend’s visit, and to prepare for the year ahead.

And I hope that my choice to take these few days off to regroup inspires others who are wavering between what they “think” they should do and what their bodies and minds are telling them is best for their sanity. We are here to live with intention, and sometimes that intention is to take a break. Busy-ness for the sake of busy-ness is not always the answer.

In the meantime, if you are new to MML and want to take a look around, I suggest hopping over to the “best of MML” page for links to the best posts in the archive.

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  1. Monica

    Great advice. Sounds like it’s a well-deserved and well-needed break!

  2. I’m doing the exact same thing – taking a TRUE break! It’s been great and I definitely don’t regret it; enjoy it! ūüėČ

  3. erin m.

    Enjoy your “vacation” :). It has been so nice to relax and lay low over the holidays. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

  4. I know exactly how you feel. I’m simply worn out. Today is my first day checking in on the computer since Thursday, and I’m also taking the next week off from blogging. The big difference is that I work Tues-Thurs.

    But, I will be at the Black Keys on Thursday, too! Maybe I’ll see you there!

  5. Margie

    If you are flying for the holidays (or attempting to after the winter storms) then you have recently heard the “put your own oxygen mask on before helping those who may need assistance” speech recently. You can not help others without stopping occasionally to refill your own tank.

  6. Jill

    I’m glad you have gotten to relax… take the rest of this week with plenty of deep breaths! You will enjoy yourself, even if it is a little more jam-packed than you may feel ready for.

    I too am going to take it easy with blogging this week… 2010’s “mantra” was “Just Do It”… which was great, but was A LOT. 2011’s “mantra” is “Do what you love and love what you do (even if it is less).” Rings true with this post! Happy New Year if I don’t pop in here before then.

  7. krySal

    so I hope that posting your interview will be the perfect topping for these holidays!!
    come on my website & I hope you’ll love it.


  8. Kelly

    Excellent insight : ) thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful week!!

  9. I often say you should look out for number 1. If you’re down for the count, who else can replace you? You’re doing the right thing by giving yourself what you need. We should all be fortunate enough to listen that voice. Enjoy your week!

  10. Jen

    Good for you Jess! Everyone needs a break and it sounds like you have some fun stuff planned in your personal life that you can enjoy. Happy New Year!

  11. Jenn

    Good for you! Enjoy your time “away”. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us for 2011!

  12. Terri

    I do believe you have READ my MIND. Haven’t blogged since Dec. 20…and had planned to start back up on January 1st, but then a couple of people tagged me and I had been thinking I should post today. Now, I’m not gonna do it. thank you for this pep talk.

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