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How Motivated Are You to Slow Down?

You know what happens when you go, go, go? You get burned out, out, out. So I’d say that my motivation to slow down is pretty darn high right now because I’ve been on the go for a long stretch…a very long stretch.

Here’s the good news. I’ve planned some time off to slow my motor. Yet, as I write this in advance of our mini vacation so that it will post while I’m off the grid, I’m still in the go, go, go mode. As a matter of fact, after I write this post I need to write my pack list and pack. And before I wrote this I had a client that needed organizing help, an interview to finish writing, bills to pay, errands to run, emails to respond to, and a rental car to return. I bet this sounds all too familiar, right?

I won’t tell you what time it is, but let’s just say, it’s late. I’ve had a bit too much caffeine today. That in combination with the adrenaline pumping will give me enough energy to sprint some more. Then I can shift into low gear. I’m looking forward to changing my pace.

The point is that I am highly motivated to slow down. I’ve been pushing and doing and doing some more. It’s time for a break. It’s time to not do. It’s time to enjoy our family and suspend all agendas and to do lists.

I’m looking forward to our road trip to the mountains where we’ll meet up with our daughters. By the time you read this, I will have had days of unwinding, decompressing, relaxing, and unplugging. I might be unrecognizable. Let’s hope so. What will relaxed look and feel like?

How about you? Will you take off time this summer? What motivates you to change your pace? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.





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I'm a little bit like the energizer bunny. I go full speed ahead until my battery runs out. When it does I turn to my garden. I spend time outside tending my garden; weeding, trimming, and admiring. That may sound like work to some but for me it's bliss to be outside, taking my time and experiencing the beauty of my garden.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Thanks for being our slowing down cheerleader. We all need to take a vacation with the people we love and slow down to be able to get back up to speed.

One of my favorite blogs is The Energy Project. It's all about renewing energy in order to expend energy. Check it out and see what you think.

Enjoy your time in the mountains too!

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Love your post Linda and feel the relaxing feeling it transmit. But for me, no time off this summer. First at the office I'm in charge for 4 weeks because my boss is on vacation. Also I'm so engaged and commited to learn a lot from ICD I've been taking several required classes so I can earn my foundation certificate. Another activity I have is attempting to assamble a self-help group for loss and grieving; looking for new clients and finally listening NAPO and NAPO virtual chapter meetings. I feel energetic and I'm taking advantage of that, slowing down will be for me some other time.
Enjoy your time off.

July 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

I'm glad you're taking a real break - I know how hard you work!

After a very busy winter and spring, I was thrilled to spend a week at Lake Huron earlier this month. It was so great that we're already thinking about going again next summer!

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

It is good you are "planning" a break, I think the planning part is important. It is a struggle for me to get my husband to take time off, so if I plan something it motivates him to do it. We all need to stop and enjoy the life we are so busy doing, stepping back and treasuring the reasons we work so hard. Enjoy, Linda.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

This year I am trying to be more mindful and to slow down. One of the ways I handle this is my husband and I sit down at the end of each month and schedule 2 days in the upcoming month where we spend the day together doing whatever we wish - no household or business chores allowed on those days. One of the days this coming month we are planning a day trip to Dahlonega .

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJonda Beattie

I'm just back from vacation and how wonderful it is to see all of you lovely people here. As always, I treasure the various perspectives and contributions to the conversation.

@Diane- I remember how nurturing and restorative your garden is. You've spoke of it often. How wonderful that you have your source right in your own back yard.

@Ellen- Thank you for the "hot" tip about the Energy Project blog. I will definitely check it out.

@Nacho- You bring up an interesting point…sometimes it's our time to do and NOT slow down. I can see from your ambitious list that you are in the push time. I've been there many times. Frankly, it's how it usually is for me. But after all that movement, it was time to stop. The short break did wonders.

@Janet- A week on Lake Huron sounds like heaven. I can understand why you're ready to go again. I'm just back and already thinking about our next mini vacation which will be later this month.

@Jill- Planning IS important. It sounds like you're a great influence on your husband. I totally understand about working hard. We need to replenish too. Even if it's part of a day, a few minutes, or if possible that longer break or days or week, it's essential.

@Jonda- I love your commitment (and husband's too) with your two days per month of "doing whatever we wish" and how you're being intentional about slowing down. It's all about the pacing and figuring out the right mix or proportions. Enjoy your upcoming day trip to Dahlonega!

July 29, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I just wrote a post on vacation as well! Yes, I think everyone actually NEEDS to slow down. Slowing down frees our minds to reflect, create and flourish. The regular business of life crowds out part of what our brains are built to do, so slowing down is so important. Hope you have a wonderful mini vacation, Linda!

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

I agree with Jill. I think it is hugely important to "schedule the unscheduled"! I think it is important to understand your rhythms though. Where and how do you really relax? Can you unwind at home or is the pull of day to day life too much? Do you need one long get away to recharge or are mini vacations or even a day at the beach enough? Do you need to sit still or do you need to explore a new city from sun up to sun down.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterleslie josel

I love your comment Jonda, about scheduling time with your husband, we recently decided to do that twice a week after we drop our son off for Karate, we go to a near by coffee shop and just be us for 45 minutes, can't believe how much we look forward to it.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

The conversation is lively! Thank you for adding more thoughts.

@Seana-Ahhh. We're both in the post-vacation mode. It's so easy to get back into the normal schedule. I could use some more river-sloshing right around now. And you? I'll go check out your post.

@Leslie-Yes! The importance of scheduling NOT to be scheduled. The yeses and commitments WILL take over if we don't do it.You bring a good point that we each have varying needs. I noticed this while away with the family. Even during our time off, each of us defined "relaxing" differently.

@Jill- Love your technique to "just be us" that you and your husband have committed to. As Jonda pointed out, the change of being mindful and more intentional with our moments.

July 29, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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