You may have noticed that we have been pretty quiet on here, social media and newsletters the last few weeks. The reason being is that at the beginning of this month we decided to take some time out. We felt that we hadn’t been practising what we have been preaching and it felt wrong.
You know how it goes, your friend says that they are burnt out, and you say “you need to look after yourself, don’t burn the candle at both ends!”.
Well, do you listen to your own advice? We may be minimalists when it comes to material possessions, but mentally and the day to day schedules were pretty ridiculous. Not minimalist at all (in our opinion).
Minimalism can mean different things to different people. For us, it means keeping the essentials and the things that bring you joy and purpose and eliminating the rest.
Whether it be mental, emotional or physical clutter, creating a balanced environment is so important.
Now, in saying that, technically, we’ve been doing an okay job of keeping the essentials while not taking on the non-essentials. But sometimes just doing what makes you happy and what you feel is important, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are living in your optimum balance.
We both work full time, run an online store and write content for The Minimalist Vegan. We always felt like we could be doing more, but we were pretty tired and felt like we had started to neglect ourselves. We ended up being too “busy” to have a balanced lifestyle.
Don’t get me wrong, we love what we do, but sometimes you need a mental break just to focus on yourself and re-balance where you’re at. It’s a fine line when you want to do it all, but it’s not possible if you’re going to stay healthy, happy and sane. And at this point, you typically have to say no to something to reduce the burden and re-focus yourself.
With the holiday season coming up and everyone going crazy, it seemed like the best and worst time to switch off. Worst because we have an online store and this is the busiest time of the year (even though we’re not fans of mindless consumerism. But let’s face it, if you do buy something for someone else, ideally it’s something that they will use).
It is however also the best because we are going against the grain of getting consumed by everyone else’s mad energy!
So we have stepped away from everything besides our full-time jobs and are doing the bare minimum to keep the blog and business going but have shifted our energy and attention to self-care (she says as she writes this post!).
One thing we realised is that it will never be the right time to slow down unless we make the time. We always say, “when things slow down a little I will get to…” or “I just need to get this finished and then I can look after myself”. Those times in life never happen. You need to make them happen, or you’ll feel run down and over-scheduled 99.9% of the time.
‘”When things slow down a little I will get to…'”or “just need to get this finished and then I can look after myself'”.
In our case, it hit us like a tonne of bricks. Life will not slow down, things will evolve and more time will pass. We have so many things that we would like to do, professionally and personally but many of them overlap as it’s our passion.
So unless we made the time now (when we’re feeling it most), another 1-2-10 years would go by and no definite time would have presented itself for us to take a break and reflect on self-care.
I wanted to share this bit of reflection with you to maybe spark something to help you slow down and take that time out for yourself. I also felt the need to share this with you to explain why we have slowed down over the last little bit. We all only have one life, don’t let it go past you. If you need the break or a reshuffle how you spend your energy, prioritise that time.
Hope you all have a fantastic holiday season and enjoy time with family and friends. Rather than spending money on gifts, share wonderful, memorable experiences with those around you. Hope you’ve all had an amazing 2016 as we did!