Happy Birthday to me!

baby me!

baby me!

In the past I’ve written goals for my birthday. I’ve set a lot of them: 27 before 27 and 27 before 28, but this year for my birthday, I’m giving myself a break. Sure, I’ve got goals and super big, super secret things I want to and will accomplish this year, but for now I’m practicing the art of leaving things undone.

I’m a seasoned “do-er.” I’m a list-maker. I’m committed and hard-working and fastidious. But I’m also often stressed out and burned out and quite frankly, tired. I don’t want to make even one goal, but if anything, this year, I want to learn how to relax. I want to learn how to relax and still accomplish things. I want to learn how to take a break and I want to learn how to not count my self-worth by my to-dos.

How have you practiced the art of leaving things undone? Let me know in the comments!


8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to me!

  1. Stacey

    Happy (belated) Birthday! It was my birthday too, so that was fun to check in and see that we share a birthday. I love your blog. I look forward to seeing what interesting/inspiring tidbit you’re going to post about next.

    I’m in the same boat as you – tired and learning how to just relax. I’ve learned how to efficiently go-go-go and accomplish what I want to accomplish, but now I’m learning I need to interject down-time. It’s not just something that’s nice, it’s necessary. I still have to constantly remind myself of that, but I am getting more regular about it. Scheduling down time has worked for me in the past. I’ve liked looking at my to-do list for the day and just seeing “down-time.” It tricks that part of my brain that needs to be working on accomplishing something, and I get the rest I need. Hmmm, maybe I’ll try to schedule it more regularly…

    1. melanie Post author

      Happy birthday to you too! And thank you! I’m trying to “schedule” down time, as well. I’m in the habit of scheduling everything else, so I might as well try to schedule something for me too! Although, I wish it came more naturally, it seems a little more like work if I have to schedule it.

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