The Value in Taking Time Off

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Last week was my first week back at work after being away and completely unplugged for 12 weeks. As I was preparing for maternity leave, I remember thinking how much I was looking forward to taking time off from work so I only had one thing to think about, our daughter.

While taking care of an infant 24/7 may not seem like a vacation, being home with Crosbee for 3 months was exactly that. It was a vacation from work and other responsibilities except for our little girl. It gave me the freedom to focus all my mental energy on getting to know her. My days were consumed with building a relationship with Crosbee and taking time off gave me the opportunity to truly give her my undivided attention.

So, I ask you, have you taken time off? For me, it was taking time off from work, but my message is much bigger than that. How can you take time off from things in your life, temporarily or long term, that would allow you to focus more on those that bring you joy?

Maybe it’s taking time off from social media, negative thoughts or people that drain the energy out of you. Maybe it’s taking time off from worry, trying to control everything or living in fear. Maybe it’s stress or perfectionism. For many of you, it might be taking time off from infertility.

When it comes down to it, our relationship with friends, family, God and ourselves are most important. They deserve our undivided time and attention. So, make it a priority to take time off, no matter how long or short, and use it to spend or do what fills your heart. And don’t wait. Every moment in time is something you only get to do once. The way you choose to spend it is the most important decision you’ll make.

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