This year has, for me, been one of the best and worst of my life. One of the worst, because it’s taken me to some of my darkest, lowest moments. And one of the best, because through those dark moments, I have discovered freedom and opportunity.
I’ve been doing a lot of inner work this year, as well as looking for work and launching and promoting a book. Not to mention blogging regularly on medium, writing for Huffington post doing some coaching and hosting a podcast.
It’s been physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually draining. Although I’ve only been working full time since September, I’ve not really had a proper rest for a long time.
2018 promises much for me. I have lots of plans, some goals to achieve, and a lot of work to do to achieve them. I have a new book to write, which will likely be a huge challenge, simply due to the nature of it’s content.
I’m going to need a lot of creative, emotional and mental energy to achieve what I want to achieve. And if I don’t take a break now, and feed my soul, I’m simply not going to be able to do it.
So I’ve decided to take a little break. Just for a month or so. A time to read, reflect, rest, recharge and reconnect with myself and the divine. A time for healthy, positive self-care.
A time away from the hustle, to allow all the ideas in my mind to marinade, the creative juices to bubble and mix, to fill myself up again, and also devote some time to other projects I have in the mix.
I’ve just written a couple of articles for a website I contribute to, and if those go live I’ll be promoting them, and I might promote some old material which might be encouraging and helpful and encouraging. But I’ll not be posting any new blog posts of my own, nor any new podcasts, until 2018.
Taking a break is counter to what a lot of so-called experts say about creativity — we’re told we should always be hustling, always be promoting. But I believe these breaks are vital to us creating truly great work.
The breaks help us avoid burn out, they give us life and energy, and allow ideas to distill in us. They help us avoid making our creative work an idol, a thing which defines our value.
And because of all these things, it usually means the work we ultimately create is better than we would otherwise have created.
I want my next book, my next round of blog posts and podcasts, and any other new material, to be the best it can possibly be.
And part of that process is allowing myself to take a break, to recharge, to feed and reconnect with my soul, so that I have the energy and focus required to do my best work.
So with that, I wish you all love and blessings for his holiday season — and look forward to seeing you all in 2018.
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