Do you ever have those moments in life where you just need a break?  
Just to walk away and say "enough"? 

 I know I've been absent for a few days here, but it's because of too much stuff going on.
The weekend was a rough one for me.

Lately I feel beat down, overworked, and just plain tired.
Working on things that make me feel like I am barely keeping my head above water.

Watching my filthy house get dirtier by the minute and wishing I could just slow down to a normal pace.

So you know what?
I did.  

I put the brakes on, and said phooey to everything else.
Normally on Mondays, I do all the social media stuff and get the blog rolling, and then hurry off to a workout.

Instead, I stayed in my pj's most of the morning.

Took a mid morning nap.

Watched movies on the couch for the better part of a sunny day with my girl and Bella.
It. was. fabulous.

I hardly checked my phone, went on Facebook, or looked at anything blog related.

In the afternoon, we meandered to Trader Joe's.

Enjoyed a trip through Petco looking at critters.

Bought our favorite snacky dinner of peppered salami, aged parmesan, and bruschetta, and had a wonderful meal.  (me with a glass of wine, Hannah with water)

It was perfect.

It also gave me some time to consider what I want out of my business and blog.
What "success" means to me, and only me.
What I want my blog, and my posts to be like.

I also finally had a chance to figure out some photography stuff that's been nagging me.

Thought about what I want out of my business.

Clarity.  It is such a gift.

A lot of times in life I put too much pressure on myself to do it all.
I can't.  And I shouldn't.

via Pinterest

I want what I do in life to have meaning, and FUN.
It shouldn't feel like a rat race.

I want what is truly important in life, to be important. 

Thanks for your support- I will be back soon with more of my regular stuff, and I am enjoying slowly getting back in the swing of things, but I needed a little break!

This weekend is our annual Frogmore Stew get together, so I will hopefully have a tabletop vignette to show you and our front porch makeover reveal.

See you soon.


  1. Good for you! I enjoyed reading that and it is nice to hear affirmation that we all need breaks!

  2. It sounds like you know what's important in life. I feel the same, while it's great to have dreams and inspirations for the future, it's fun and family that make life worth living. Hope you have a good day :)

  3. We missed you but take as much time as you need. Recharge, regroup and re-energize. See you when you are ready!!

  4. Your day sounds like my everyday. :) I am glad you are getting a recharge:)

  5. Enjoy your time away. I think when blogging starts feeling like a job, then it's time to step back. I've heard that balance is the key, so if you find that key let me know.

  6. Good for you. Most people, that I know anyways, think when I do what you did, that I am 'lucky to be able to take a day off'. Take a break for as long as you need. You will be surprised at just how time can slip by.
    blessings Paula Lusk

  7. Wow, you got all that insight in one day, lol? Obviously, it's exactly what you needed to gain a little perspective. Everyone should do this once in a while.

  8. You know what? You have got your head screwed on straight. That day you spent was probably one of the most important days you have spent in your life. You can't di all-be all-all the time to everyone. But...being YOU is just enough. Take care of you and your family and everything else will fall into place. Blessings- xo Diana

  9. I LOVE this post! If you don't take a moment and live in that moment, that moment is gone forever and so will be the memory. What is everyone always in a hurry for anyway, right!

  10. We all feel overwhelmed sometimes. Life goes by to fast to not stop and smell the roses sometimes. Hugs and cheers for your clarity and your break. Hugs, Cindy

  11. Much needed breaks are food for the soul - enjoy!

  12. Beautiful family! I love have the "do nothing" days. They help to make me ready to get some things done. I am so glad you were able to do a day like this for yourself. Do it more often! I bet your daughter loved it, too!


  13. Such a great post! I could use a little of the same advice lately, too! I am for sure getting a reality check to slow down and enjoy life. I now regret the last few years of work-work=work. It all goes by so fast! Have fun!!! ;o)


  14. Yeah! Good for you that you took a break and enjoyed your life!!!

  15. Denise, good for you for knowing when to take a break. It's all about balance and sometimes I find myself spending way to much time on my blog and editing photos and not enough time doing real things in real life. I think it's GREAT that you're taking some time to get centered and focus on what you really want. Enjoy a little breather!

  16. Breaks are a good thing - we all need them. It can be so hard to make ourselves take them sometimes but I have found that it really helps get more done and be more successful in the long run! Good for you for giving yourself and your family a break - we will be here when you come back:)

  17. You have no idea how much I enjoyed this've described exactly how I've been feeling this summer. Enjoy every little moment! :)

  18. Hey Denise-
    Had to stop in to make sure you were ok. Glad you took a break, sometimes it's easy to get lost, feel overwhealmed and it can take such a toll. It looks like you were recharged by the look of your fabulous porch and that meal looks amazing. My thoughts are with you my friend. Hang in there.


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