40 while 40

I’ve got a big birthday coming up in a few weeks. While I don’t really mind all that much that the numbers four and zero are about to be attached to my name, I do feel like it’s time for a stop. A respite. A sabbatical and a challenge to myself. The last 9 months have been probably some of the hardest for me personally. We’ve walked a challenging path of decisions, revelations and just things that have really made us as a family stop and re-evaluate. One of the goals I set for myself was to make a list of 40 things I challenged myself to enjoy during my 40th year of life. To celebrate the years I’ve been given and the year to come. Partially a way to encourage myself to step out and partially a way to encourage myself to just stop and enjoy life. I have a tendency to take life waaaaaay to seriously and get too emotionally involved and invested to the detriment of so many around me…including myself.

You can view and keep up with the list here. It’s full of really fun things that I’m excited about and I can’t wait to document them all!

But to start my 40th year off I’m taking a sort of work/social media/internet sabbatical. It’s a scary way to step out, but it’s something I feel incredibly convicted to do. What does that mean exactly? It means that I’m putting my etsy shop on vacation for 40 days. I’m signing off of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and even Feedly. I’m taking a step back completely and removing all those fillers and things I use to distract and compete with my thoughts. I really feel like I’ve lost my writing voice and even my creative voice and I blame it on the fact that I spend way to much time looking at other’s art and reading other’s writing that I’m completely ignoring my own.

The only piece of internet life I’m keeping up is this space. I want to leave open this space in order to find my voice again.

So, get your orders in! The shop will be on vacation from April 2 through May 11.

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  1. I think this is a great idea! Especially the social media/internet sabbatical. I checked out your list and you have some fun things coming up. I look forward to hearing all about your adventures. I am 56 right now, but I think when I turn 60 I am going to steal your idea.

    And remember, it is just a number and does not define YOU!

    1. Thanks Darlene,
      I’m excited about the next year and definitely excited about the “time off”. Steal away!!!!

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