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It’s Christmas Eve, Eve! That means Christmas is only two days away.
What does that mean for my business?
It means I’m spending today hustling, so I can take the next several days off without stressing about my business. Taking a Christmas break isn’t just good for my kids (more uninterrupted time with them), it’s good for me. Here’s why:
Breaks Help to Prevent Burnout
All work and no play makes for grumpy days.
True story. Working too much makes me resent my work. Makes me feel like it’s all-consuming. And my life is too busy for anything to be all-consuming–especially my freelance business.
I enjoy writing. Helping people by providing virtual assistance is also something I enjoy. I want to keep it that way.
Taking a break helps me enjoy work, and is preventative maintenance to avoiding burnout.
The Break Keeps My Focus on My Family
I’m a wife and mom first. I’m a momrepreneur second.
Taking a break from the business helps me remember that. After all, how you spend your time shows your priorities.
I love writing with my kids. I love involving them in my business. But, just kicking back and relaxing for a few days will be good for all of us!
The Break Means More Sleep!
Owen’s not sleeping well again. His VNS was adjusted last week, and it takes several days for him to get used to it. In the meantime, he’s up a lot. And I’m up with him.
You know what? I’m tired!
When I’m working, I make it a point to get up and moving with breakfast preparations and typical morning stuff fairly early in the day. That way I have time to work later in the day and have things taken care of.
These next few days? You just might find me lounging on the couch dozing with the TV on and the kids playing quietly. And I’ll certainly be napping during quiet time!
I can’t wait!
Christmas Break means more Time with My Husband
Bryan has to work on Thursday, but he’ll be home Friday-Sunday. I’m looking forward to a long weekend together.
That’s a huge reason I started working in the first place–so we could tackle this whole parenting thing as a team and not with me feeling like a single mom while he spent his life working crazy hours trying to make ends meet. We’re in life together, so we might as well act like a team!
As you can see, Christmas Break is important to take. I’ll be working again most of next week, but I’m definitely looking forward to taking the rest of this week off.
Merry Christmas to all my readers! I’ll see you again next week.
Are you taking a break? I highly recommend it!
Lisa Tanner is a former teacher turned homeschooling mom with 11 kids. She's also a successful freelance writer. Lisa enjoys helping other busy moms find time to start and grow a side hustle of their own.