|November 2, 2010||Posted by Teresa Ivory under Articles|
After three and a half months of sabbatical, I’m back to blogging. You know that feeling when you just have too much to do, and you need to add yet another project…or two. There’s only so much you can do. This time instead of stressing and spreading myself too thin, I took a sabbatical, not only from this blog, but from a great many other things as well.
My “baby” is off to college, I’ve joined my husband on the other side of the country, I actually took the time to spend 8 straight hours playing a video game two weeks ago, I visited friends I hadn’t seen in years, and I feel refreshed, recharged and ready to be back.
What did I learn?
1. It’s tough to let the “baby” go.
2. I missed my husband more than I thought I did. Those teary I love yous on the phone would have been hysterical crying tantrums if I hadn’t had the mute button on my emotions.
3. I REALLY missed my blogging friends (though not as much as my husband).
4. Sabbaticals are GOOD FOR YOU! I didn’t rest and relax until it was almost over so it definitely wasn’t a vacation. But I did completely leave blogging alone – along with surfing the web and learning new skills related to the internet. I ignored Twitter, only read what my children posted on Facebook and barely checked email.
If you can’t take a full sabbatical, try a mini one here and there. Or try this. I’m actually thinking of applying the concept of ignoring things to my regular schedule.
What if I ignore each of my blogs in turn? Will I come back refreshed and having missed them after 3 days.
Maybe I’ll only check email every other day…hmmm, I like that one!
Share some more ideas if you have them or use them regularly. Refresh and recharge is my new motto, so be prepared to hear more about it!