Take a break….I did

Give me the answer, give me the way out, give me the faith to believe in these hard times…. These Hard Times,  NEEDTOBREATHE, The Outsiders (2009)

2015…’it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’*

For me 2015 started with a Face lift which I had on December 11, 2014. But I first presented myself in public in the new year. I’ve said it before, it is not for the faint of heart. I’d to it again, but it was not a walk in the park. It takes a good 4-6 months to heal, and by then gravity is already working against you so by the time you heal, you already are losing some of your new found beauty.

This, however, is all part of the full disclosure in the consultation if you ask questions and listen to the answers. I  was well prepared and so nothing surprised me. I’m happy with my results. I look much younger; I just don’t look 35 like I did early on. 😉

During the year I struggled with some health issues relating to migraine headaches. This is all stuff you know about if you are a regular toweroftwins blog reader. But the health issues brought me down a bit and so I struggled with some emotional issues too.  I had a headache the entire month of November, even though I’d had the Botox treatments in September (see 30 Bee Stings ).   It was a bummer for me!

I had a couple of personal and professional struggles as well last year that made it a tough year for me.  I say all this to say, I needed a break. Badly.

And so I took three weeks off for the Christmas holidays.  I didn’t just take off from work. I stopped writing my blog for a month. I quit going to the gym for a month.

So, what did I do?

  • Slept late
  • shopped
  • wrapped presents
  • shopped
  • went to breakfast almost every morning with the husband
  • spent time with the granddaughters (bowling, putt-putt, skating, Monkey Joe’s jumpy house place, Steak ‘n Shake, Burger King, etc.)
  • shopped
  • painted
  • played Hay Day, a lot
  • organized a bunch of stuff around my house
  • decorated & undecorated for holidays
  • cooked, which I almost never do
  • went to Atlanta to visit old friends
  • and shopped; I think the January deals are the best of the entire year.

Oh my goodness. I did not know that by the middle of the third week I would begin to assess my life and feel like a whole new person. I really had no idea just how badly I needed this break. I knew I needed it;  I felt pretty fried by mid December.

But, now in early January, I feel happy, refreshed, and energetic. I’m excited to blog again. I went back to the gym today and felt really glad to be there. My body felt very energized to be on an exercise machine again.

I had no idea how completely exhausted I was. I did not know how my attitude had tanked.  I did not know that I had quit caring about so many things.

And that is why sometimes we absolutely must take a break. Sometimes it needs to be a good long break. Is it time for you to take a break? What’s going on that you need a break from?

If you took a break, what would you do?  More importantly, what would you not do?


*from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859)

PS  A change I am making for 2016….I am going to begin posting on Sundays only, and occasional holidays.


4 thoughts on “Take a break….I did

  1. Before I began my new job, I felt desperate for a break. As a contractor for the last year, I began with neither vacation not sick days and only accrued three sick days after a California law mandating it came into effect. The moment I began the new job, knowing I had three weeks of vacation I’d accrue over the year in addition to sick days … hut knowing they were there eased so much pressure on my heart.


    1. That’s great! I am very fortunate to work in an industry that offers a lot of holidays, and accrued sick and vacation leave. I never take it for granted, but cherish it. But as a manager I also encourage my folks to use it and enjoy it. Now I know it’s there for production reasons too!! Boy do I ever!

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  2. Welcome back! I wondered what happened to you. I’m so glad to hear you took a short sabbatical. And I’m extra glad to hear that it really refreshed you. You know what I’d do with time off; you read my blog over the summer when I unexpectedly got some.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. I go back to work tomorrow and I feel ready. I really enjoyed every minute of the holidays. Hope you had some time to enjoy too! 🎄


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