Catching My Breath

by Kimba on August 16, 2010

in Blogging,Real Me

Do you ever feel like you’ve lost control of your time? That you’ve let too many things creep onto your schedule and that the really important things are getting pushed aside?

You say yes and yes to more and more. Not bad things. Good things! But even good things can be a problem when they crowd out the best things.

When that happens to me, I know that it’s time to rest, breathe, reflect and pray. After over 2 years of posting 4-6 times a week, I am taking a blog-breather for the last 2 weeks of August.

Everyone who knows anything about blogging will tell me that I’m CRAZY! Kimba! You can’t just not post! You have to schedule posts ahead of time! You have to line up guest posters! You have to re-run posts from your archives! Otherwise, you’ll lose readers and the world will explode!

And they’re right (about everything but the exploding part). From a business perspective, it’s a terrible decision to just disappear for 2 weeks. But I’ve always operated under the philosophy of “It’s my blog and I’ll wreck if it I want to.”

Sometimes it’s better to do less so you can be more. And that’s what I’ll be doing for the next 2 weeks. Doing less. And being more.

If nothing else, I hope I can encourage you that sometimes it’s ok to take a step back. It’s ok to stop and catch your breath.

I do know myself and I’m sure I won’t be able to resist jumping on and sharing a few fun tidbits over the next couple of weeks. But I’m looking forward to recharging so that I can come back on Sept 1st and be re-energized and refreshed.

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{ 84 comments }

1 Katherine @ Grass Stains August 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

Well, as someone who has read every single post, I can say, “You deserve it! Take a break!” We will be right here when you get back. :)

2 Jen August 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

Take care of yourself…listen to your body & get that rest you’re longing for. Enjoy!

3 Richella at Imparting Grace August 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

I’ve thought a number of times about the two weeks “off” you took last year. You worked like a Trojan lining things up so that you’d have posts scheduled for your absence. I know you felt an obligation to your advertisers. But I would say that your blog is one of those that will get plenty of traffic even if you’re not posting often! You’ve built such a successful business–I’m sure your advertisers are thrilled just to have a presence on your page. I hope you have a wonderful time away from the computer. Take care!!
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4 Nadir@hodgepodge August 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

Go for it! You deserve it & you won’t lose me as a reader. :-) In fact you’ve prompted me to think about what I’m constantly saying “yes” to, I may be in need of a breather myself :-)

5 Ellen August 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

I think that is great! You gotta take care of yourself…relax and I’ll see you when you return!

6 Andrea August 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

I totally agree that it’s absolutely fine to take a break. I think your readers will still be here! I’m still waiting patiently for a blogger who’s been on ‘break’ for 8 months now!! lol
Enjoy your ‘you’ time =)

7 Cynthia August 16, 2010 at 10:23 am

Sounds like a WONDERFUL idea! I think you deserve it and hope that you have a nice relaxing time.

8 Jennifer Juniper August 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

I closed my shop and really backed off on blogging last week because I realize I lose my kids in 10 days to school. I’ve been brought to tears 2 times already (oops, now 3!) just thinking about it. I just want to really absorb these last 10 days.
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9 Leanne August 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

Have a wonderful time off. You deserve it. You know we’ll all still be waiting for you when you return. Ahh, sometimes it’s so good to take a break to breathe.
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10 melissa @ the inspired room August 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

ENJOY the time off! Don’t pop back in! I took three weeks off of my email and much of my blogging/internet stuff this summer and I LOVED every second of it!

Have fun!
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11 the Blah Blah Blahger August 16, 2010 at 11:45 am

We should all go “out of the office” at the same time. :-)

Totally understand taking on too much…sometimes we just have to check out and practice the art of saying NO!

Enjoy your time off!

12 jackie August 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

good on ya! I read your blog via email and will be right here waiting for you after your sabatical. Enjoy!!

13 antiquechase August 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I love the “It’s my blog and I’ll wreck it if I want too”… that was HILARIOUS… (I say that cause 2 weeks won’t undo your fabulous blog)…

Everyone needs a vacation or just some time to breathe… enjoy!
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14 Debbie@lovethedecor August 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

HAVE A GOOD REST!!
Just breathe!
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15 Karen August 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Put that chair under a shade tree, grab a magazine and a big glass of iced tea and enjoy yourself. I get so much from your blog (I truly anticipate Sunday mornings!) and will be looking forward to your return!

16 Beth August 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Good for you! All business and non take vacations and so you should also. I am sure everyone will be ready to welcome you back after your much needed rest. Great blog you have and I will see you when you get back! Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy again!
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17 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions August 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Everybody needs a break and this is the best time, I think. I’ve slowed down posting during the Summer months, plus I’ve done less to post about with it being so humid and uncomfortable. Enjoy your break, Kimba! I’m sure you’ll see the same people back here in September!
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18 melissa*320 sycamore August 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Heart you, Kimba! Enjoy every minute~You’ll come back better than ever~

19 Chelsea August 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Taking a break and recharging is a great decision – we will all be here when you get back…trust me! Enjoy your break!

Chelsea

20 Megan August 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Enjoy your mini-vacation! I’ll be here when you get back.

21 heidi @ wonder woman wannabe August 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm

You’re making a great choice!
I’m sure I speak for many when I say, I’ll be baaack when you are! Enjoy!!

22 Teri August 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Take a break, girl – you deserve it! :)

23 Amanda @ Serenity Now August 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Good for you! So many of us have gotten caught up in our blogs, whether it be advertising, posting on a certain schedule, hosting parties, gaining/retaining Followers, etc. I’ve thought about throwing in the towel a few times, until I realized that I still write for ME. ;)

24 Jennie August 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

It takes courage to step away from things. Take time for yourself and your family. I’ll be right here waiting for you when you get back. maybe this will give me some more time for myself since I won’t be lost in your great blog world :) :) ENJOY!
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25 Kate August 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I’ll re-iterate what everyone else has said – take your well-deserved break, and we’ll be right here when you come back!

26 Jamie M August 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Everyone deserves a break and I will be here when you get back!! Enjoy your “you” time!!

27 Gretchen August 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Enjoy your break. You won’t lose this reader!

28 Heathahlee August 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Girl, you won’t lose anybody. Well, you might lose somebody, but it’s okay. You do what you need to do. I’m thinking of the same thing. And I don’t even post that much! We love you even if you don’t post for two weeks. Or longer, should your heart tell you otherwise!
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29 Amy August 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Everyone deserves a break now and then and your true blog followers (like me!) totally understand and will be eagerly awaiting your return! There’s only so much of YOU to go around – there’s a reason they tell you to put on your oxygen mask first, before even that of your children’s…Rest, relax and recharge – you’ll never regret time spent on your LIFE!
Amy

30 Tiffany August 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Good for you! I hope you have a wonderful blogging break.
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31 Marion August 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm

this is my first visit here, and I love love love that you are taking a break!

You have wonderful blog, full of creativity and thoughtfulness. Take some time to replenish – looking forward to reading more when you return!

32 Kara August 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I know exactly how you feel! Summer has really been kicking my trash, especially with the added adoption stress.
I for one, applaud you for taking a break. And I’ll still be here when you come back in a few weeks. Hope you enjoy your time off. :)
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33 Traci August 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Good for you Kimba! What a great example you are being to all of us in blogland. I haven’t been able to post as much this summer because I have been working full time, and I have been a nervous wreck about losing my readers. But I am trying to keep everything in perspective and realize what matters most…my sanity! :)
You readers will still be here in 2 weeks! Have a great time!
Blessings,
Traci

34 Kim August 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm

You will be missed at least by me… :o ) But you deserve the break.. I will be right here waiting when you get back from your breather.
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35 gail August 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Enjoy your break. It’s crazy if a “schedule” takes the joy out of something you love doing. You’re on my google reader so I’ll see you when you get back.

36 robyn August 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Kimba, we LOVE you and want you happy. Take 2 weeks, take 4 if that’s what it takes! We are all going to be here waiting so no worries! HUGS!

37 Joselyn August 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Anybody that knows anything about blogging will understand your need to take a break. Your loyal following will be waiting on your return. Enjoy your time off!

38 Shelle August 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I say take a break and enjoy. You’re in my Google reader. I’ll see ya’ when you get back. Rest. Relax. Recharge – and be blessed.

39 Donna S August 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I’m just getting back from a few MONTHS off of blogging and I can say with confidence, that you’ll be happy you took this break! I feel more motivated, calm and collected. Enjoy your break! we’ll be here when you’re back!

40 jenny August 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I think it is a wonderful idea and have actually done it myself.
So, rest and enjoy and remember, God is in control….of everything. Rest in that…it is an amazing comfort.

41 Karen August 16, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Rest is so important, your posts come by my email so you won’t lose me and time goes so fast, glad you will go live your life for a while. I mostly dropped off Facebook and only one ‘friend’ asked what happened to me.

42 Southern Fried Gal August 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Good for you! Enjoy your time. We will be here when your return!
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43 Megan {Honey We're Home} August 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Taking care of you and your family is #1. I do believe that God rewards and blesses in remarkable ways and could even bring you more visitor during your absence! See you soon:)

44 Mary August 17, 2010 at 12:40 am

I don’t know about any of your other followers but I’ll be here when you come back all refreshed! I bet you don’t see a difference at all- God has a way of taking care of everything!

bee blessed
mary

45 mybackporch22 August 17, 2010 at 12:55 am

Everyone needs a break at times. Enjoy- and I bet you won’t lose anyone.

46 LINDA August 17, 2010 at 2:49 am

Good for you! Have a wonderful and restful time off. We’ll await your return.
hugs

47 angie August 17, 2010 at 6:22 am

That is a great idea. You’ll see how refershed and relaxed you will feel. Enjoy your break

48 Lynn from For Love or Funny August 17, 2010 at 6:39 am

I can totally relate – Have a good rest!
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49 Bird August 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

Ditto!! ;)

50 pamela @ Becoloful August 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Good for you. We will all be here when you get back. I wish everybody would take a two week break so I could just get caught up READING everybody’s blogs. :)
Enjoy,
Pam
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51 Nicole August 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I too took one early this summer and am headed in that direction for now until school in under way and Our family vacation is done with. so much goes into these last few weeks of home time and I know god has greater things instore for my day than blogging through them sometimes :0). Enjoy and blessing to you and your family.
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52 Carmie of the Single Nester August 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Take a break girl. You deserve it. I sometimes feel overwhelmed too. Enjoiy your time awayyyyyy . . .

53 Annie H August 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Enjoy your bloggy break! See you when you get back. :-)
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54 Becky in SC August 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

“Girl, What you talkin’ ’bout?!” (said like Arnold on Different Strokes)…all this nonsense ’bout losing readers…..Honey, we ain’t going nowhere!!!
You take care of yourself now…ya hear? ;-)

55 Valerie August 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm

This post is a great reminder of what’s important. I love your blog… you aren’t losing us…

Thanks,

Valerie

http://www.thecutecouponer.blogspot.com
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56 Allison @ House of Hepworths August 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Enjoy your break! Don’t worry, I won’t ditch you. I love your blog.

57 Andrea August 18, 2010 at 1:31 am

Enjoy your time off! I’ll catch you back in Sept!!

58 Star @ A Load Of Craft August 18, 2010 at 2:26 am

I say go for it! Good for you girl! You’re not wrecking anything and we’ll all be here when you’re back :)

59 Jeanne August 18, 2010 at 7:16 am

Hi Kimba, I hope you are not reading this comment. Take that breather and enjoy. My summer was kind of a breather because it was crazy busy. I am back enjoying some charged up ideas to post.
Have fun, your friends will NOT forget you.
Hugs, Jeanne
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60 Amy August 18, 2010 at 8:13 am

We all need a breather sometimes. Everyone else in the world gets to take a vacation– why shouldn’t you?! Enjoy.

61 Kristine August 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

I bet you’ll get even more readers- you’ll be even that much more refreshed when you return! I love your blog and will miss reading for the next two weeks- but then again, maybe I should take a break from READING my blogs (I don’t have one myself, I’m just a fan!) ! God bless!

62 Sharyn August 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

Brilliant!! We won’t explode. I just wrote something similar the other day but you put it in such nice words. Rest, breathe, reflect and pray! Thanks for being so refreshing – Ill be stopping by when you get back!

63 Katie August 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Hi! I’m new to your blog, but LOVE this post! I completely agree with everything you said. I’m about to take a short break too as I’m moving in a week and a half. Come visit when you get back. I’ll check in later. I just posted a fun tutorial :)
-Katie
miamoodesigns.blogspot.com

64 Mary Beth August 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Enjoy your very well deserved break, Kimba. : )
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65 MainlineMOm August 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Good for you! Everyone needs a break sometimes :)
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66 Leigh Kay August 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I encourage this and find it a wonderful decision! Enjoy your time off. Relish in the beautiful things. We’ll be waiting (and hopefully relishing as well from time to time)

67 kelly August 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm

i’ll be back. sometimes you just need to get your life in order and enjoy your family!
i really enjoy your blog and your sunday scriptures!

68 Stephanie@Geezees August 19, 2010 at 8:54 am

Take care of yourself and rest, looking forward to you coming back in September!
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69 Alison August 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

Take the time. I will be here when you return. Thank you for being here. I will still visit your site everyday while you are away, So you have traffic. Have a nice time away.

70 Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates August 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I can’t help but say – Good for you!! I took the Summer off from my blog and haven’t regretted it a bit. I didn’t lose many readers and actually gained a few followers – LOL! My page visits dropped, but I still got many more than I expected (and that was with a MUCH longer break than you and my blog is small). Take the break you deserve and enjoy it! :)
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71 Ashley Pichea August 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Enjoy your two weeks off! I took two months off earlier this year, and while I didn’t have the “hits” at the same level during those two months, I’ve actually grown since being back. So enjoy your break – refocus and relax! :-D
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72 Mary Jean Taylor August 20, 2010 at 1:09 am

You go girl! I took all week off and might next week too! Thanks for inspiring me and I hope you are enjoying your time!!!

73 Kelly August 20, 2010 at 8:19 am

Enjoy, your breather! And don’t worry, I know I’ll be looking forward to reading your blog again when your back, and I’m sure everyone else will too!
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74 Fiona's Mosaic August 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Kimba you are a wise woman! So many woman don’t get this until they have a nervous breakdown or need to go to therapy. LOL Honestly it is one of my pet peeves that women feel they can’t take time to take care of themselves and get some much needed down time.

God bless you in your downtime. Relax. Enjoy. Savor……..
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75 Barbara August 21, 2010 at 2:21 am

Good for you Kimba! We’re all supposed to take breaks now and then. Hope you relax and spend precious time with your family.

Barbara

76 Lisa August 21, 2010 at 10:09 am

Kimba, GOOD FOR YOU. You need a break and no guilt attached! And you are wonderful to encourage others to take a step back and have some time off – don’t we all need to do that from time to time? Hope you enjoy your time away from the computer and these fleeting days of summer!

77 AK August 21, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Good for you! Enjoy yourself. And I am certain you will not wreck your blog or lose any readers.
AK

78 Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish August 23, 2010 at 8:04 am

Have a great break! I took a week off in July and it was just the thing I needed to get my mind churning again! :) Enjoy and relax!
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79 Melanie August 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hope you have a wonderful break!

Thanks for being so faithful to share a good word!

Melanie

80 Colleen August 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Have a good break – we’ll be here when you get back. Hasen’t anyone ever heard that “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”?
Best,
Colleen

81 the domestic fringe August 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Good for you! You’re a smart woman to take a break when you need one.
-FringeGirl

82 Kellie Dobbie August 26, 2010 at 4:31 am

All work and no play makes one a dull person. Everybody that works hard deserves a break, especially you. Take care and enjoy your break.

83 Ron August 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

God Bless You ~Ron
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84 Shannon H August 31, 2010 at 5:46 am

Hallelujah Sister! MIssed you yesterday, hopefully we can get together soon.

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