In my three years of blogging, I have noticed that many bloggers take a break from blogging during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Myself included. It’s a refreshing break — a time devoted wholly to being with my family.
This week is Spring Break for my kids. They’re home. All day. And I’m liking it.
I’m thinking this is a great week to take a mini-blogging-break and be with my kids.
Like a Sabbath.
I’ve been studying the biblical concept of Sabbath lately.
The more I study the Sabbath, the more I recognize God’s design in seasons. He ordered the entire universe according to seasons. Not just seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter either.
There are seasons of planting and seasons of harvesting.
Whenever I take a break from blogging, in terms of posting weekly, I find that I am actually in a “planting” season. Just living life. Which plants seeds — seeds of ideas. Then, when I return to pen and paper, I am ready for harvest.
I read countless books on the craft of writing, and I absolutely ascribe to the “bum on chair” principle.
In other words, be consistent and show up to write. Every day.
As a writer, though, I also recognize the tendency to live in the chair. Absorbed in the world of words I create in my mind.
I think it’s healthy to get in the chair — consistently, daily — and then get out of the chair and go play with my kids. Tossing a football with Parker. Stringing a bead necklace with Brynn. Discussing Hunger Games with Simone.
In fact, I’m considering the idea of including some regular “blogging breaks” throughout the year. Maybe schedule them at regular intervals. Like a week off at Christmas and Easter. Perhaps the summer month of July.
This may be one more way I can continue keeping a slower pace on a simpler path. By allowing the natural seasons of life to gently guide the times for writing. Without guilt for taking a break. And without waiting until I’m so worn out that I’m desperate for a break.
What about you? How do you balance living and writing?
Do you have regular times during the year when you take a “scheduled break” from blogging?