The post I thought I’d never publish:

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Holiday breaks do some great things for you, yes? I had Wednesday through the weekend off work, so I committed to taking a break from all things social media. You didn’t see any new blog posts, Instagram posts, etc, and that was purposeful.

This blogging space of mine has pushed and pulled me into a new person. I’ve stayed up many late nights (and early mornings!) writing, editing, emailing, publishing, scheduling social media, organizing future posts and dreaming for this space. It taught me so much discipline and brought me a lot of joy.

But during this four and a half day holiday break, when I let myself slow down for the first time in a long while, the questions I’ve kept locked in the back of my brain surfaced and were confirmed: I need a break.

After a lot of discussion with Jacob, I’m taking a sort of blogging “sabbatical.” For at least the month of January, I’m going to spend the hours I’m not working, volunteering for church or exercising doing things I love but often neglect for the sake of this blog. Remember my 10 Secret Dreams I published last month? I’m talking about those.

I’m talking about really sitting in Scripture with a mind that isn’t also tallying the tasks I need to do in the back closet. I’m talking about writing for the sake of being honest with my own heart in a way that doesn’t require publishing immediately. I’m talking about restringing my guitar and letting words marry a melody that makes my heart sing from its depths.

I’m letting myself remember I love to be creative, and that can look different every single day.

Friends, thank you for meeting me here. Thank you for encouraging me through all of the big steps in blogging and walking alongside of me through serious heart work. Thank you for cheering me on when I walked out onto new limbs and for coming back here so often. You guys are awesome. You are the reason I love this space so much and why it took me so long to admit I need this little break.

Thank YOU for reading, for commenting, for emailing, for sharing on your social media platforms and for being my cheerleader. I’m still yours.