Back in May, I went on vacation with my Husband for some much needed time of fun, relaxation and renewal. I decided to “unplug” from the demands of my business and some other things for a couple of weeks. It felt great. I didn’t realize how much I needed the rest. When I got home, I just couldn’t bring myself to plug in again, and soon I decided that I needed to take the entire summer off!
It was great! I can’t remember the last time prior to this that I had a summer without any real demands on me. It was probably when I was a kid actually.
Here’s what I did:
- I took the dogs out for walks daily
- I attended a couple of Christian Music festivals and saw some of my favorite artists
- I spent a lot of time with friends and family
- I spent a lot of time outside and got rid of my pale complexion
- I discovered my love of mountain biking
- I had fun playing in the waves of Lake Michigan
- I felt relaxed and at peace
- I enjoyed more fun times
Turns out, that is exactly what I needed.
So far, 2016 has been a crazy year for me. I quit my secure job in January to pursue my own business. It seemed irrational and illogical to do that, but I remember thinking to myself while I was at that job, “this is time that I can never get back.” Then, I jumped in, full steam ahead to get my business up and running which included setting up my websites, writing a blog, publishing a book and workbooks, seeing clients and figuring out the stuff that I hate like administrative duties and marketing. I didn’t want to put my family in financial jeopardy because of my leap into the unknown.
Then, in February, as some of you may have read about in this post, my husband was in a serious kayaking accident and I nearly lost him. Although we have insurance, it has a high deductible which hadn’t been met at all, and the bills from the ambulance and ER visit hit us. To top it off, I started having issues with a tooth and ended up needing an root canal that I didn’t have insurance for. Needless to say, we took a hit in the financial department and I questioned my decision to leave my secure job.
But, we serve a God who is good, faithful and trustworthy! And, His ways don’t always seem rational or logical to us.
So, when I launched my new book, Finding Your Confidence this summer, I thought I would be working hard to continue to promote it and attempt to bring in some much needed income. But, that’s exactly the time that God prompted me to STOP, UNPLUG and REST.
It didn’t make any sense from a business and marketing standpoint. It didn’t make any sense from a personal financial standpoint. But, it sure made sense from a spiritual and emotional standpoint.
I had been burnt out from my previous job. I had gone through a traumatic and stressful event with my husband, and I had just poured myself out into my new book. I was spent and the thing I needed most was to stop, unplug and rest. That’s exactly what God gave me this summer.
As I sent my youngest off to her first day of her senior year in high school this week,
I began reflecting on how fleeting time really is. I recognized the gift I was given this summer. A gift of time in order to invest in important parts of life. It’s a time that I can reflect on and cherish. It’s a time that was not wasted. It’s a time I am so thankful for.
Normally, when I think about how fleeting time is, I feel like I need to hurry up and get busy. Well, my summer was not very “productive,” and it was definitely not “busy,” but it was time well spent, that’s for sure!
Now, as I sit here, typing up my first blog entry that I’ve written in months, I’m feeling rested. I don’t have a strong plan going forward, but I am keeping my hands open and waiting for God to lead me in the plans he has for me, and I am thankful.
I pray you had a blessed summer and am looking forward to connecting with you all again this fall.
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