At least once a year, I take a break from everything and everyone – I call it my “Time Out Time” and I’m about due for another one this month.
I’ve often noticed that when it comes to life we just push forward, our head down, bracing against a wind made up of stress, concerns, goals, happiness, life, friends, family, drama, and excitement. And that’s great because it means we are living our lives, within the moment and in the present. Yet, not all of us take time outs from our life to evaluate where we are going and what we are doing.
Since I moved to Dallas in September 2015, I haven’t stopped moving. I was working hard to start my freelancing career, decorating my home, and searching for friends. At the same time, I had friends and family coming to visit me in Dallas. By 2016, I had friends, four clients, my house was mostly furnished and people were still visiting me. I was a busy girl, living a fun-filled life on a weekly basis.
February arrived and I went to Los Angeles to visit friends on a mini vacation. March came around, I decided to launch my own blogazine – this blogazine – as well as go to Spain for 10 days. I returned at the end of March for my birthday, caught up with work in April, had friends in town to visit, got health insurance, bought a dress for my friend’s wedding, and then went to New Orleans at the end of the month.
It’s now May and I’m exhausted. Since September, I have not stopped for one moment, and that’s not something that I regret. However, I need a time out from a lot of things in my life. I need a time out to do some evaluating.
I need to evaluate a few things, in fact. I need to redo my finances and plan for the rest of the year – meaning add a huge health insurance payment per month and work to build up my savings. This is probably one of the most important things that I need to do. Following that, I need to reenergize my efforts to find a literary agent for my book, plan ahead for Fempotential’s success (finding new writers, research advertising, write more, etc.), and look for an additional freelance client.
I’m going to evaluate the vast majority of my relationships from friends to dating. I’ll also start working toward making my home feel like a home with decorating projects. Art and crafts have been missing from my life and I am going to figure out a way to bring them back in – this will probably start off with using my artistic talents to decorate mi casa. It’s probably the best time to also do a spring cleaning of sorts such as cleaning out my closet. In addition, I want to cleanse my body of toxins and put a new focus on working out and being healthy.
Probably my favorite thing about this Time Out Time is that I’m going to try to step back and relax from the craziness of life. Though, I love having an active life in Dallas, I think I need to have some relaxed weekends and chill nights where I find myself pulling out my sewing machine and getting creative with old clothes or antique shopping until everything closes. Perhaps, I’ll go exploring solo in the surrounding areas or take a last-minute hike to the Wichita Mountains. Once again, I love everyone in my life, but in the long run, I need a Time Out time to get myself back on track for the rest of the year.
And when I have my goals set and I’ve had time to relax, I’m going to reemerge into the world with a new focus and a new beat to my step.