Time to Slow Down, Rest, Take A Break

I need to be honest for a second: I’m really burned out.

Packing Light released in September and since then, I’ve been going full steam ahead. I’ve been traveling, speaking and writing full time. My husband and I moved from Minneapolis to Nashville during that time, and we’ve been settling in. It’s been quite an adventure and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

Photo Credit: Oleh Slobodeniuk, Creative Commons

But lately—just in the past few weeks—I’ve been getting that feeling. I’m guessing you know the one.

It goes like this: If I don’t slow down, I’m not going to make it…

I want to write books forever. I really do. I couldn’t ask for a better job. A friend of mine once loved his job so much he would say, “I feel like I’m stealing money!” That’s exactly how I feel. But I also know myself well enough to know: when I get this tired, I run the risk of starting to hate something I’m supposed to love.

So, I’m taking a break.

I’m going to take the whole month of May off from writing.

I have a few projects I’m working on that I need to finish up, so I’ll be working on those. I won’t be totally disconnected from email or social media for the whole month. But I am going to take one week (May 2-9) to get away from the city—no media, no internet, no phone.

I have family coming to visit the following week and, for the rest of the month, I’m just going to be laying low.

I won’t be posting here, and I’ll probably be really slow at responding to email (although, that’s not too different from normal).

I just need to slow down, I need to rest. I need a break.

As the weather gets warmer, I hope you’ll take time to rest, too—whatever that looks like for you. I hope you’ll linger a little longer in your backyard with friends, staying up past your bedtime and sleeping in late. I hope you roast s’mores and eat hotdogs and play games.

I hope you’ll go camping or go for walks or go to ice cream.

I pray you’ll watch the sunset or go for a drive, just because. I pray you get to slow down, some rest, take a break.

I’ll see you back here June 1st.

17 comments on “Time to Slow Down, Rest, Take A Break

  1. I’m going to miss reading your almost daily posts but totally understand and I’m sure none of your readers want you to get to the point that you “hate what you love”. I hope your soul is refreshed in the coming weeks.

  2. I think it’s wonderful you’re taking some time to slow down! As a society, we undervalue rest. Enjoy it. Soak it up! Excited for you!

  3. I hope you can enjoy your May rest as the fruit of your work. We all benefit from your harvest.

    And we always have the archives!

  4. I totally understand burnout. You’re smart to take a break now before things get worse. Enjoy your break! We’ll still be here when you come back 🙂

  5. I should probably pay attention to how jealous this makes me right now. Ha. Although I love when new posts from you pop up in my inbox, I think it’s great that you’re taking a break. Enjoy your breathing space! 🙂

  6. I hope you enjoy every minute of your time off! Feel refreshed and revived and we’ll be here ready to read your first post in June!

  7. I’ve never commented here before, but I just want to say that you’re quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. I’m in the middle of “Packing Light” and I absolutely love it. I relate so much to your words, and I want you to know how thankful I am. You’re a gem. Enjoy your break. I’ll miss reading your posts, but I’m glad that you’re taking time off. You deserve it! Much love sista

  8. What a smart, wise valuable woman you are to us all, Ally. You will never know the impact you have had on the world, Through sharing your story, because many will never tell you. I needed this today as I feel the same, slow feeling of burnout coming. My daughter has found her passion again because you shared her story and her decision to quit her job and go on the road with my son is rejuvenating our family and friends. They are all inspired to go for it and live their story before its too late – and that seed that was planted started with you at Storyline in February. I’m taking at least a week off to join my kids on their adventure and i know this will be a part of our story that we will always cherish together. Please take as long as you need and do not feel any remorse for those you are leaving out here – for we have been touched by you. This decision will also teach us valuable lessons for our own lives. Thank you for your work. Now , go enjoy your family, your husband , and especially yourself!!

  9. I wish to thank you for letting me know and I appreciate it like everyone else probably! I have sent a few to your book chase and that led them closer to ya! A few have thanked me so I thank you for being there for them! Blessings to you both! Rick =)

  10. I’m so glad you’re taking a much-needed break away from it all so that you can renew and relax. We all need that from time to time. I just listened to the podcast you did on Beyond the To Do List and enjoyed it very much. You’re a great writer and I look forward to reading more of your work after you return 🙂

  11. Taking a break I’m sure was good. I am just now checking your blog out. Had a blog friend recommend you and what a blessing you are! Thanks.


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