The Dreamer's Day Off

I am a dreamer in the biggest way possible.  I love to imagine and hope and soar up on wings of big ideas and that doesn't come without periodic thuds to the cold hard ground of Reality.

After several weeks of burning the candle at both ends with so many wonderful, exciting things, I felt myself hitting a wall last weekend.  I am learning that if I don't just take time to stop and intentionally rest, I will jump off the deep end of hormones and exhaustion.
So despite the fact that mamas never truly have a day off, I decided to take a day off all my work on Monday.  I put things on my to-do list like this

// read 1000 gifts of thanks
// nap
// go on a walk
And as hard as it was to turn off my brain and just be, it was the most freeing thing.  I laid down with Emmett and Gideon for a guilt free nap.  We went to the park and while Emmett got thoroughly wet in melted snow puddles, I talked to a sweet friend for 45 minutes just catching up on life.  And the best part of the day?! It was almost 50* outside and thanks to daylight savings time, we were able to take the first family walk of this year when Adam got home.
Girls.  I am realizing more and more how important rest is for our mental sanity.  Whether it's asking our sweet husbands for a few hours off or just calling a break day from all that keeps you busy around your home each day.  Our souls need quiet in this cacophonous world we live in.  Our hearts need rest from the hustle and bustle of vision and dreams.  Our bodies need stillness and on-purpose quietness.

So take that guilt free day off and find some simple ways to enjoy your little people.  I promise it will fuel your fire and give you a new energy for tomorrow.  Our work is able to wait. . .

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  1. AMEN! I always feel guilty when I stop and try to let things go for a bit. You are so right though....rest help s our mental sanity. And lo and behold, it's amazing to see that life will go on despite the fact that we disconnect for a bit. Thanks for a great post!

  2. i find myself less guilty if i make it on purpose rest time. ;) but to be honest, it's still hard for me to be still. XO

  3. "I can't help flying up on the wings of anticipation. It's as glorious as soaring through a sunset…almost pays for the thud." anne of GG :) this post made me think of that!! such a great reminder.

  4. I TOTALLY need to do this. It's so often when I put my girls down for a nap that I think I should just go lie down with them, but then I remember everything that I need to do while they nap and decide not to. *Cue "Cat's in the Cradle" music*

    Here's my resolution: One day out of every week will be "Mommy naptime day" where I take a day off work during the week so I don't have to regret missing out on precious moments. Thanks so much for posting this!


  5. i literally think of this quote ALL THE TIME. good old anne.


  6. LOVE this!! i have thought of making one day a week a 'just mama' day. no other extra work. thanks for the inspiration. XO