Anyway, it was a little over a year ago, around the end of 2013, that I decided I needed a break. 2013 had been a busy year for me, especially in the studio with work on my charity EP project (“A Place to Belong” EP) and lots of work with studio clients. Add to that several live events throughout the year, my first missionary trip to Africa in May, and the adoption of my son in November, and you’ve got a pretty full schedule!
So I decided to take a little time off from a few things and rest. I figured on a few months, maybe January and February, to spend some time enjoying the blessings in my life. I unplugged from blogging (which I had kind of set aside already), stopped checking all my social media sites, and left my monthly e-newsletter alone. I had a couple of studio clients that I was committed to and my full-time job that I had to focus on, but other than those things, my first 2 months of 2014 were going to be about spending time with God and with my family.
And that’s just what I did. I traveled a little, some with my family (celebrated my son’s adoption with a trip to Disney World in February); some on my own. My studio became more my study, as I began spending more time in there reading, meditating, and praying than recording. I hung out with my family a bunch, and I even got to take one of my daughters to Africa with me this year. I listened to a LOT of music and worked on my vinyl LP collection a bit by visiting a few choice record shops. It was great!
It was so great, in fact, that I almost forgot to stop.
I looked up and, the next thing I knew, it was MAY! As the year went on, I slowly moved back into some of the things that I had set aside. I started posting a few things here and there on social media. I updated my website and I spent a little time working on some new music in the studio.
But there were other things that I just left alone. I’m not sure why, but this is the first blog post I’ve written in over a year and a half. I managed to go the whole year without sending out a single e-newsletter, which I really have to get back to in the next couple of weeks. Although these are things that I really wanted to do, I just didn’t do them.
So, what’s my point? Well… I actually have two:
- Sometimes you just need a break. It is so easy to get involved in EVERYTHING that goes on, especially with all of this technology that we have at our fingertips. It can get very overwhelming. Unplugging and letting go is sometimes just the thing to help you reset.
- Don’t take yourself and everything you do so seriously! Sometimes a lot of the pressure that we’re feeling is brought on by ourselves. We stress ourselves out over things that we really can take a break from and come back to later. If you stop and take a moment just to BREATHE, you’ll come back to it with a fresh perspective.
We are now in 2015. What are you going to do with this year? I know that I’m feeling a bit more confident and ready for the new year because I have taken the time to reset things. It’s good to be back!
Happy New Year, and Enjoy the Ride!