Last week I didn’t publish a single blog post.
I can only think of maybe two other times in the last nine years where that has happened. It felt very strange.
And also, very necessary.
As you probably well know, this end-of-the-school-year stretch gets pretty packed. While most of the country has already started summer break, we’re not quite there (the kids get out June 19th) which means field trips, class projects, final tests, parties and field days all wrapped up in these last two weeks of school.
This work I do on the blog is super important to me, but I also really, really love being able to join the kids on their field trips, teach art in the classroom, help them find outfits for themed dress-up days, stay up late watching NBA final games … you know, all the normal mom stuff that I don’t want to let pass me by.
Also, last week my sisters and I took our mom out to lunch to celebrate her birthday, I met a friend for barre class and then did coffee afterward, went for a walk along the harbor with Ryan, grabbed ice cream with friends one night and spent Friday morning preparing for a weekend out of town for a special family get-together.
I did a whole lot of totally normal, but equally important real life mom/sister/daughter/friend/self-care stuff and not much of it felt documentable.
So I just didn’t. The blog sat still. Instagram was pretty quiet, too.
Giving myself that freedom to take a step away for a few days during a more-packed-than-usual week gave my soul a little extra space to breathe (I’m stealing that line straight from the very wise Emily P. Freeman). And it was so, so good.
You might not write a blog or post to social media, but is there something in your life right now that you need to give yourself permission to slow down on to make space for other important things?
It doesn’t have to be long term. It doesn’t have to be a big deal.
I’m just popping in here to day to encourage you to do it.
Because your family, your friends and (most importantly) your soul deserves it.