Last Wednesday, with little fanfare on this blog, I turned 40. Besides my quick transition into reading glasses last week (the joy of aging!), I really didn’t feel any different physically. The truth is, very little changes from one day to the next, even if it’s a birthday.
Mentally, things have changed quite a bit over the last month though. Once again, I managed to burn myself out over the holidays – with getting blog posts out, selling Origami Owl jewelry, and preparing for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, my eyes were stinging and I had a difficult time focusing my eyes. A visit to the eye doctor led to the aforementioned reading glasses prescription – thankfully. I was worried that it was something serious.
Our family vacation to Lake George after Christmas was relaxing and fun, and I enjoyed getting away from work for a while. The kids went back to school January 2nd, and had a snow day January 3rd, stalling my progression back to work. The following week, we had a normal five days of school, and I realized that I really didn’t feel like blogging.
The thing is, when you own your own business, you make the rules. I didn’t feel like blogging so I didn’t blog.
Then I came across this article titled “Forget Fear of Missing Out: Joy of Missing Out and Going Unplugged Tipped as Hot Trend for 2014”. I found myself nodding along as I read it. For the last few years, I’ve definitely had the fear of missing out (FOMO). Fear that I’d miss some important opportunity if I skipped a conference. Fear that I wouldn’t be invited to a FAM. Fear that others would progress while my blog stalled.
Last week, to celebrate my 40th, my family and I, along with some friends, went on the Disney Dream. I unplugged completely for three days. I didn’t miss out AT ALL.
Instead, I got to celebrate this: To be honest, I don’t know what that means for this blog, my travel blog, or my freelance gigs. You’ll still see me here for a while. But probably not as often, and only when I really want to be here.