I’m in a weird place these days.
It’s a funk, to be sure.
I’m at that place where everything is overwhelming, small problems are huge, and the things that make me irritated are…all of the things. I’ve become unkind, irritable, and scatterbrained. I’m in a constant state of insecurity and feeling lonely.
There are many explanations as to why this is, but the biggest of them is this – I miss Jesus.
Somewhere along the way, I’ve let myself get busy, distracted, and distant.
It’s summer break, so both of my kids are home together all the time and fight for 90% of that time. Not to mention that it’s sorta hot here
on the surface of the sun in Arizona and we are in survival mode.
My life has been out of balance lately, and lots of things have suffered – one of them being my writing.
Normally, I say that I am now more committed than ever and that I’m not going anywhere. But the truth is…I need to take an official break from writing to get my life back on track.
So here is the plan. I will be taking a small blogging sabbatical to get things into better alignment in my life.
According to the dictionary, a sabbatical is
“any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.”
That’s exactly what I have been doing, but sort of unofficially. I haven’t posted in over a month. I have been taking a break from my customary work – getting up early or staying up late to write (my usual times), and I have been getting more rest.
But now, I want to make it official, and incorporate the other half of the definition. I am declaring this a time of sabbatical, and I am going to be devoting the time to training and learning and growing so that I can come back refreshed and make this a place that is still honest and encouraging.
This includes posting a picture a day. I will be taking time away from posting all together.
During this time, I will be taking a lot of classes on blogging, writing in general, and spending some extended time with Jesus praying about this space.
You are all so special to me, and I’m grateful that you’ve given me the opportunity to be used by Jesus. I’m feeling excited about this time away because I know that you deserve better than what I’ve been delivering lately.
By definition, a sabbatical is temporary. I expect this time away to be about 3 months long. For the first six weeks or so, I will be concentrating on finishing the summer with my family. After my kids go back to school, I will be devoting a lot of time to learning and growing as a writer.
My blog will still be live and all posts will still be accessible. In addition, my blog page on Facebook will still be active, and you will be able to continue contacting me through messages or posts – I love hearing from all of you!
Thank you all for being in this space, and I am excited to see what God’s going to do here with this time.
Here’s to summer, to learning, and to resting!