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Realizing when you need a break. (And letting yourself take one.)

I’m so happy to wake up to this…

5.4morning.jpgI really need to think harder about that dream of mine to move to the U.S. Virgin Islands and open a yoga studio/training center. πŸ˜‰

In all seriousness, I want to start off today’s post with an important topic. Realizing when you need a break. (And letting yourself take one.)Β It doesn’t matter how much you love your life or what you do, sometimes you need a break from it.

My work blurs into my life A LOT. I love the gym and I not only teach and train there but I also workout there and hang out with people from the gym. I love the yoga studio and I teach and practice there and the majority of the people I spend my social time with I have met through yoga. I love living in Charlotte but I either teach or train 7 days a week (only one class in the morning both Saturday and Sunday) and I rarely get a chance to get away, even for a weekend.

I have shared this before but I feel grateful that my work doesn’t really feel like work. I never get the Sunday night blues or dread a day that I have to get up and do what I do.

With that said, I do reach a point where I need to step back and take a short break from it all. I’m in a profession where I give, give, give of my energy and sometimes I just run out of energy to give. I’ve become pretty good about realizing when I reach that point and I have learned to LISTEN.

That’s why I booked a last minute flight to spend the weekend at the beach with my parents. I haven’t seen them since Christmas and have been pretty homesick since Easter. I reached that point a couple of weeks ago where I needed to get OUT of Charlotte for a few days. I tell my yoga students all the time that you cannot push, push, push your way through life. It’s totally okay to say “I NEED A BREAK!” This happens in yoga practice through taking child’s pose. So I’m kinda taking child’s pose on life right now so that I can go back to Charlotte fully present and ready to share my fire with my students and clients!


Step one of reclaiming my fire…horizontal position on the beach for three days with a book in hand and sleeping as much as possible. I took two different one hour siestas on the beach yesterday and slept 10 hours last night. Ahhhhh….

Have a wonderful Sunday! And do something relaxing!Β 

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  • Kristin May 4, 2014, 10:46 am

    It is a GORGEOUS weekend to be down here in Pensacola!!

    • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } May 4, 2014, 1:17 pm

      I live in Pensacola as well and it is definitely perfect here today!

      • Jen May 4, 2014, 6:17 pm

        so so beautiful. i’m going to try to come for a week this summer and i want to get over to visit you!

    • Jen May 4, 2014, 6:18 pm

      SO crazy beautiful. i feel so lucky!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen May 4, 2014, 10:51 am

    Love this! So glad you are taking time for yourself πŸ™‚ That’s something I am definitely learning how to do!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 4, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Wow this sounds wonderful! LOVE this! We all need to remind ourselves now and again to step back and let ourselves take a break!

  • Brittany @ Proteinandpumps May 4, 2014, 1:04 pm


  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! May 4, 2014, 3:15 pm

    So glad that you are taking a break and enjoying it!

  • She Rocks Fitness May 4, 2014, 3:16 pm

    SO SO SO important to do this…hence why I am heading out of town tomorrow for a whole week and cannot wait. It’s been months since I have taken a break from training client and it’s time to give my mind and body a much earned break. Enjoy darling! XOXO

    • Jen May 4, 2014, 6:17 pm

      i am so happy for you! a whole week is going to be just what you need to clear your head, heart and body!

      • lindsay May 4, 2014, 9:58 pm

        so happy for you both to get rest. Sad you didn’t take me! haha. Enjoy and great post Jen!

  • Cheri @ Overactive Blogger May 4, 2014, 5:16 pm

    I let myself eat a donut today without feeling guilty! I never do that, but it was kinda cool to let my hair down a little bit – I’m such a crazy person about my food usually!

    • Jen May 4, 2014, 6:16 pm

      that’s awesome cheri. i will always say that all the work is NOT WORTH IT if you can’t live and let your hair down! πŸ™‚

      • Cheri @ Overactive Blogger May 5, 2014, 10:20 pm

        I know! I totally forget that sometimes, but that donut REALLY made me smile! I probably ate it in like 3 bites πŸ™‚

  • Jojo @ RunFastEatLots May 4, 2014, 6:25 pm

    I live by this philosophy! Life is short so be sure you take the time to enjoy it! I’m sure you are on that beach πŸ˜‰

  • Beth May 4, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Looks so awesome! I wish I was there!!! I spent time in St. Thomas earlier this year and went to the CrossFit box there – amazing facility and amazing people! Enjoy the break you are taking for yourself!!!

  • pamela May 4, 2014, 10:07 pm

    Enjoy! Yes – we all need breaks. I totally agree that exhaustion is not a status symbol. xoxo

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