Taking a break- tips

March 26
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So I have been a little MIA around here and on Instagram lately and I have to tell you, it has been great. I love creating content connecting with my community, but sometimes you just need a break. I was feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and uninterested in my blogging duties so I gave myself the gift of a break.

Over the last couple of weeks I have enjoyed long evenings on the patio now that it is daylight longer, deep conversations with my husband, and quality time with family and friends. (Oh, and wine) I took a break from waking up early and made myself and my happiness a priority. As an introvert I crave quality time alone or with a few loved ones and this little blogging break gave me that. I feel like my soul has been refilled and now I am at a place where I am ready to share again.

I wanted to take this time to talk about the positive aspects of stepping away from certain responsibilities now and then. Obviously you can’t just quit your job or get rid of your kids, but there are ways to take a step back from obligations that can allow you time to reenergize and really be the best person you can be.

Here are a few ways that may or may not work for you:

Take a staycation Take a few days off of work and just relax. Use this time to turn your phone off and read, or catch up on all the projects around the house. Both will help you refuel and be ready for the days ahead. Just need alone time? Take a mini solo vacation and relax!

Take a break from a activity or volunteer position Take a season off of your sports team or your volunteer position at the shelter. These groups need you at your best and will understand if you need to take a break. Set up a date to return so they know when they can rely on you again.

Say no to additional work responsibilities This is a hard one. It seems we are programed to always ask for and say yes to additional projects and responsibilities at work. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, say no. Explain that you have a lot on your plate and that taking on an additional task would mean that nothing would be done to them quality level you would want. Work stress has a sneaky way of making its way into our homes and cutting back on stress in the office can really make a positive affect at home. Work an hourly job? Decline opportunities for additional hours and overtime. Your time is valuable to you both to use and for downtime.

Take a social media fast In his new book Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport talks about taking a month long fast from social media. This is a great chance to reevaluate goals, find your purpose, and get back some of the hours that have been lost to the scroll.

So those are a few ways you could add a break into your life. If you too a break would be spend time relaxing or would you use time to get things done?

DIY Painted Tray

March 3
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A few weeks ago I purchased a new coffee table for my living room. After setting it all up I realized that it needed a little something to brighten it up. After looking at images on Pinterest and Instagram I decided what I needed was a nice tray to hold the little things and kind of break up the space. Now my coffee table is a nice medium wood tone. Because of this I knew I wanted to go with a tray that was not a wood color. I wanted something light-colored but not metal or glass. What I wanted was a white tray.
I did some hunting for the perfect tray but found nothing until, one day while wondering Target I came across a light wooden tray in their craft section. The thing was only $6.99 and perfect to paint.
I grabbed the tray and brought it home. I knew I was going to want to paint this white and distress it to give it a slight shabby-chic farmhouse look.
To achieve this look I started by staining the tray with a wood stain. Although this worked for me, if I were to do this again I would have purchased a gel stain which would have produced a darker result. After the stain tried I covered the tray with a few coats of chalk paint. I make my chalk paint by combining regular interior house paint with plaster of paris. Find out more here. After a few coats I then grabbed some medium grit sandpaper and sanded a few areas of the tray to give the piece some definition and let the stained wood show through. I distressed with the sandpaper along seams as well as throughout keeping a light hand. When this was all done I went back over the tray with an furniture wax to seal the piece and protect it. I then added felt pads to the bottom corners so that it would not scratch the table.
I am using this tray to hold remotes, a book, a plant and a candle. Just a nice little collection of things that are nice and relaxing. My favorite part of this is that if I need to remove the things from the table I just need to pick up the tray and move it to a side table and my coffee table is free for games or whatever. Nice and simple. How do you store remotes and books? Do you use a coffee table or tray?
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