I know I’m not original in saying this but I absolutely love the summertime. As a teacher, I get the benefit of having the summer months of June, July and some of August off from work. This gives me time to travel, rest, relax, read and write, or whatever else tickles my fancy.
I’ve noticed something about myself though: I struggle to give myself the time to really just rest and relax (to truly and completely do nothing). Even during my lazy summertime months, I put a lot of pressure on myself to get stuff done. Granted, I do focus on the things that I struggle to make time for when I’m working full time. I make to do lists that focus on my passion projects like growing my blog, reading, writing, and scrapbooking. This summer I also have some extra special projects running around in the background, which has in all actuality having me feel more stressed out than relaxed.
And this is a conflict that I run into quite frequently when I’m faced with time off. As a type A ambitious creative person I can’t help but feel like all time should be utilized as an opportunity to create and produce. I hate thinking that I have wasted time or missed out on an opportunity. But recently reflections have shown me that this mentality is slowly but surely leading me to burn out. The bottom line is that I need to take a break. I need to give myself permission to turn off and recharge.
My social media detox has been hugely successful. I honestly don’t even really feel like I miss instagram or Facebook as much as I thought I would. There are moments where I’ll reach for my phone and wonder why because as I scroll through my apps I realize that those apps aren’t there. But this has shown me that I can benefit from distancing myself. I’m not missing out on anything life altering. I’m recharging.
So I’m also going to be taking some time away from the blog. I don’t want to spend my summer recharge time worrying about posting and publishing. I want to explore writing and creating for myself for a while. I also want to give myself the space and time to really prepare for my wedding and marriage.
After the wedding I’ll be changing my name and with that name change I saw an opportunity for a new canvas. I will be taking the next month or so off to regroup, get married, plan, travel, and write. When I return I’ll be blogging under a new name and a new URL: Jennifer Rose Kaufman at www.jenniferrosekaufman.com
I sincerely hope that if you’ve ever followed me as Jennifer Lesnick on Justice Jennifer that you consider checking out my new material on Jennifer Rose Kaufman. My plan is to continue blogging about different areas of living a good life. My writing will be much more specific, focused, and project based as I’ll also be launching some collaboration and consulting opportunities to compliment my writing and lifestyle experimentation.
As always, everything that I do will be purpose driven with my dharma code, core desired feelings, and one little word in mind. I’m super excited for what the future holds and I can’t wait to spend more time reveling in the natural wonder of an unbalanced life that still has so much to offer in all of its glorious imperfections.