Do you feel as if you can’t take breaks? Are you exhausted from the constant push push push of our daily lives?

If so, you’re not alone. So many people thought that staying home during the pandemic would give them time to learn new skills or push forward on their publishing goals. Now that we’re still staying home in most cases, we’re realizing that this probably wasn’t a possibility to begin with. The emotional weight of dealing with everything in the world around us, has made us tired. We need to rest. It’s okay to rest.

One of the hardest things I do is about once every few months come to the realization that I need to back off on that month’s writing goals. Now being self-published means that I don’t have editorial deadlines to meet. And if I need to delay a book, well that happens. Usually I’ve got a few written and in the line ready to be released anyway, so it’s not as if there won’t be ANY books out there. It just means that whatever project I’m working on needs to go on hold and put in my spreadsheet at a later date.

I give myself permission to take a break.

You don’t need excuses or a reason to take a break. Whether college is kicking your rear or work is being extra crazy, or you just need to take a step back and breathe, your reasons are your own and they are all perfectly valid.

Do take a break.

Don’t question or second guess whether you need one or not. If you think you need a break, you probably do.

Step back for a week. It’s okay.

Step back for the rest of the month. That’s okay too.

Take the time you need, because when you’re ready, you’ll come back to your writing refreshed and renewed. You’ll be ready to create again. I’m sure of it.

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