Taking Time Off

Yesterday I stayed in bed all day.

Seriously, I closed the door to the dogs, the daughter, the husband, the bills, the writing, the beautiful sunny day and everything else. I’ve been battling some serious pain all week, radiating out from the top of my spine and making it difficult to turn my head or move, and yesterday I decided that all I could do was rest.

Today the pain is less. My blood pressure has dropped (not that it has been high, but my doctor wanted me to keep tabs for a while and the reading was the lowest ever) and I managed to get Sarah off to school without any major blow ups.

Time off is good.

Nathan came to say goodbye to me this morning and give me my challenge for the day (1000 words, plus getting out of the house to enjoy the sunshine).

” A thousand words, huh?”

“That’s easy,” he said. “You do it almost every day.”

“I know, but I just don’t feel very write-y today. I especially don’t feel bloggy. I think I’m done with blogging for a while.”

“Well, you wrote that emotional post on Saturday. Maybe you just need time off.”

“I just don’t think I have anything to say right now. I might write a post telling people that I am cutting back. I’ll try posting once a week or when I’m truly motivated, but otherwise . . . ”

“Do whatever you need to do.”

So dear readers . . . I’m taking time off. I will not disappear. I will still read and comment. I may still be inspired by the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups (even though I skipped last week). I am still going to contribute to the Seven Deadly Sins contest. But, I am not going to push it when it comes to posting.

I’m going to take time off. To quote from one of my favorite bloggers, Nancy over at Spirit Lights the Way: “Ahh . . . That’s better!”

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Andra Watkins
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 08:57:58

    Lisa, I hope this time is YOU time. I know I’ll miss your posts here.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Apr 30, 2012 @ 08:59:37

      It will be, I promise. And I will still be around, just not as often. (I can’t break an addiction that quickly, and checking the blog each morning is definitely an addiction.). 😉


  2. Julie Frayn
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 09:11:02

    Come back rejuvenated, Lisa. You wield your words for good. We all need that in this world. 🙂


  3. thelifeofjamie
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 09:36:25

    write when you feel like it…that’s the glory of it being YOUR blog- you can write when you want!


  4. lisaspiral
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 09:37:57

    Recharging is good. Congratulations on being willing to take care of yourself. We’ll miss you when you’re not posting and look forward to when you step back in.


  5. Mony Dojeiji
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 10:26:14

    Good for you for doing this, Lisa, and for honoring your heart’s calling at this time. I look forward to hearing from you again, when you’re ready! 🙂


  6. thebestdigger
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:00:13

    This has been coming for awhile. I am so glad you’re taking time for yourself. Rejuvenation is a necessary requirement for a writer. I know you’ll be back; set a schedule you can meet, and we’ll all return to meet with your new definition. Pulling back, regrouping, taking a break, requires a discipline, but it’s all about preserving Lisa. You have been assailed with so many life adjustments that it’s no wonder you are stressed and stretched. Take care of Lisa. Begin with being kind to yourself, less demanding, more nurturing.


  7. Victoria-writes
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:03:44

    Sometimes you just need to step back and reflect. Enjoy your break Lisa!


  8. Joan P. Lane
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 12:52:15

    Think I’ll take a page out of your book and go to bed for the rest of the day, Lisa. You take it easy now.


  9. benzeknees
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 13:44:30

    We’ll miss you Lisa, but you do what you need to do for yourself! Part of the reason my posts are way down too!


  10. joannevalentinesimson
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 15:20:26

    I think once a week is a gracious plenty for a blog. Otherwise, when will we find time to do the “real” writing?!


  11. Stuart Nager
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 16:43:10

    Belive me, I more than understand. Do what you need to do for yourself. We’ll hold.


  12. Kathryn McCullough
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 18:13:59

    Enjoy the break, Lisa. I think time off helps us refuel. I’ll miss your posts, my friend.


  13. CMSmith
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 19:44:10

    Enjoy your time off, Lisa. Take some deep breaths. Enjoy the outdoors. Do absolutely nothing for a while. You’ve have a rough year.

    Have fun.


  14. orples
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 21:36:42

    Lisa, I hope you get to the root of your pain, and feel better soon, whether you choose to pick up your blogging activities or not. You are a smart lady to listen to your body. Take care, Marcy


  15. jfb57
    May 01, 2012 @ 04:02:19

    Taking time out can be the best way to increase your productivity in life. Well done you for being brave & making the decision. I do hope you will return to the 100WCGU – we miss you when you are not there. I hope the pain will go completely soon too!


  16. SmallHouseBigGarden
    May 01, 2012 @ 09:38:34

    Elm Park! So surprising to see that statue again!!!

    Taking time off is smart, and if there’s one thing i know from the short time I’ve followed you, you’re a VERY intelligent lady! We’ll be here ready to think whenever you’re ready to blog. 🙂
    ps. I sincerely hope you feel better soon.


  17. eof737
    May 02, 2012 @ 14:23:40

    Enjoy your time off… we all need it. 🙂


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  19. Dana
    May 02, 2012 @ 21:54:17

    Peace be with you, Lisa. I hope your time off is serving you well.


  20. nrhatch
    May 07, 2012 @ 09:40:42

    Enjoy your time awa’ . . . we’ll leave the light on for you! 💡


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