Showing posts with label take a break. Show all posts
Showing posts with label take a break. Show all posts

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Enjoy the Holidays - Take a Break from Writing

It's the end of the year. It's a time of reflection and looking ahead. 
 Rosa Dik 009 -- on & off / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA


You may be tempted to squeeze in a few minutes to review your writing goals and make new ones for 2016.

Don't.

Allow yourself time to take a break. Whatever your holiday traditions are, do yourself a favor and enjoy! A week or two isn't going to set you back.

The benefits of taking a break are worth it in the long run. Better perspective and increased motivation to achieve goals are improved after a vacation.

Additionally, people who take vacations have less stress and a reduced risk of heart disease.

While you are soaking in the sights and sounds of the holidays, your mind is naturally tucking away ideas for writing projects. Writers have a knack of noticing the subtleties around them, giving inspiration to their writing.

(It's okay to jot some of those ideas down so you don't forget them)

Objectives, goals, and schedules are important for success. Rest now and then you'll be fresh for starting a new year full of writing opportunities and successes.

Happy New Year!

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After raising and homeschooling her 8 children and teaching art classes for 10 years, Kathy has found time to pursue freelance writing. She enjoys writing magazine articles and more recently had her story, "One of a Kind", published in The Kids' ArkYou can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope to people of all ages at 
When It Hurts http://kathleenmoulton.com






Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer: write or take a break?


Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. 
 Ovid

Summer may be a time for writers to play catch-up. I know I've got a few projects I'm tempted to complete since I'm not homeschooling. But I will keep my writing schedule light through June and July in order to rest. In August, I will begin in earnest to get into a good routine. 

Rest has not been in my vocabulary for 30 years. I am a go-getter by nature. But as I get older, I am finding the importance of not just finding time, but allowing myself time.

The last couple of weeks, I regularly drove by a sea of white flowers next to a church. I was drawn to them but never stopped since I was "in a hurry". 

Yesterday, I drove by them again. In my rear view mirror, the vehicle behind me turned around and quickly parked. Out jumped a little girl. She ran over to this enchanting sight, laughing and skipping through the milky-white field.

We all know we're supposed to stop but we don't. We have to do it on purpose.

If you're feeling a tug to take a break, don't be afraid to follow your instincts. 

How about it? Do you have plans to take a break this summer? 

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After raising and homeschooling her 8 children and teaching art classes for 10 years, Kathy has found time to pursue freelance writing. You can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope to people of all ages at When It Hurts http://kathleenmoulton.com

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