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Have you ever looked at your life and just felt overwhelmed?  I feel like a dog chasing my own tail.  I was at a prayer group on Thursday and had the greatest epiphany:

What if...

What if I took next week “off” at home.  I intend to NOT check any e-mail, NOT make any commitments and do only those things I want to do.  How crazy is that?!  The best part is that the week after is Thanksgiving when so many others (probably those awaiting my replies) will be taking the week off.  I figure I will be all caught up by the time they really need to hear from me.  I’m really excited.

I thought I would post this not because you really care what I do, but because it’s a crazy-good idea.  It may be the best week of the year to take off if you are willing to make it up early Thanksgiving week and in the following long weekend.  I thought it too good of an idea to keep to myself.  Also by writing it out I’m keeping myself honest.  I’m too “Type A” to take a week off without making it a game and inviting others.  

Join me.  Let’s be friends that play hookey once a year.  Put an auto-reply on your e-mail accounts and just take a week unplugged.  I thought I had to leave home, but I really don’t.  It seems more logical to actually stay here, establish parameters in which I can thrive, and then add in all of the rest.

Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do.  I work in Haiti to establish sustainable communities.  We have personally carried 2,000 lbs. of humanitarian aid this year.  I love the people we know there, and I find them so inspiring.  The truth is though, I am not going to solve the entire problem of poverty in Haiti, and if I take a week off to recharge I bet I will be able to handle twice as much in the future.

If you are interested in the long story go to my blog at (see if you savvy women can follow:) sironacares then with no space the word blog followed by a . and then the word com. It’s not letting me put a link in, but I bet you smart women could figure it out if you were interested.  

Without the strains of work (I am applying a Scarlet O‘Hara maxim to the week:  “I don’t want to think about that now, I will think about that tomorrow“) I believe I can: get to the gym, take the dog for a walk every day, plan and shop for Thanksgiving dinner, at least write my Christmas list with all of the catalogs that piled up, and if I find a cute idea MAYBE I could make something cute instead of shopping so much this year.  I will tell you this, working in Haiti really does make you think we are fortunate and actually have everything we could want.  That’s contrary to all the advertising will tell us but I’m banking on my family/friends thinking I’m amazing because I made a little (truly I tell you, a little) craft.  If I can at least plan it and shop for it I have loads of time... right?

I will update you on how it is going next week.  If I can really do it or not.  I know that last paragraph sounds contrary to giving myself a holiday, but it isn’t.  It’s a gift to myself to keep the holidays from hitting me like a 2 by 4 between the eyes in a couple of weeks.  By the way, playing on the computer is definitely allowed since the rules are all mine!

Happy weekend ladies,
Michelle



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