Coffee Talk: You Deserve A Day Off

    Hi guys!! Happy freakin’ Thursday! These weeks just keep whipping by and now we’re already a week into December and I’m so confused how we got here so quickly?! I’m really just counting down the days until December 21st so we can go ahead and swing back toward the days getting LONGER since I’m barely surviving this constant state of darkness.

    Speaking of darkness, right now I’m sitting in  my completely dark living room with nothing on but a string of holiday lights I threw over the curtain rod for some last-minute holiday flair. I’m wearing my favorite Kentucky sweater, I have my woobie on, and I have completely 5 unrelated candles burning on the coffee table. It actually currently smells like a mixture of pine, bamboo, pumpkin, and sugar cookies.

    My nose is confused

    But you guys.

    Let’s cut to the chase. Do you have your coffee?

    Good.

    Are you ready?

    Take a sip.

    I’m here to tell you something right now. SO LISTEN UP! Are you ready???

    You deserve a day off.

    Yep. I said it.

    You deserve a day off.

    Let me explain.

    Tuesday, I had the day off. Granted, I was sick, but it was honestly amazing. I answered e-mails, worked on my blog, finally cleaned the nasty filter in my dishwasher (which is a WHOLE other topic for another time, because it was probably the top 5 nastiest things I’ve ever done, omg).

    But I took a sick day. And I decided at 7 AM that I wasn’t going to let myself feel guilty about it.

    Please note: this was NOT from my sick day. I had snot running down my face, ratty hair, and basically didn’t change out of my robe all day.

    It was such a freeing feeling. And it made me wonder.

    Why do we feel so guilty to take the day off? Why do we feel undeserving, or like we’re doing something wrong? The time is there – I have sick days left, I haven’t used them, they don’t roll over, and I woke up sick. So why for a minute did I feel like an awful person for taking the day for myself? To recover, to rest, to drink 8 gallons of coffee to soothe my throat, to then clean the dishwasher because I was so caffeinated….

    And for some reason, we ALWAYS have to get permission from someone else. Do you notice that? It’s like we HAVE to ask our boyfriends, our moms, our best friends, our roommates. I mean honestly, have you ever taken a day off without discussing it with someone first???

    That’s why I’m here to tell you that you deserve it.

    Now, I’m not saying to take one off work necessarily. I don’t want to be responsible for any holiday unemployment situations – eek – I mean don’t like lie or anything. Lol.

    But our lives are so HECTIC now, you know?

    Sometimes I sit and just think about when the last time was that I wasn’t in a hurry. Or didn’t have anything planned for a whole day. Or didn’t have one thing left on my to-do list. One more e-mail to answer. One more errand to run. And I really can’t think of the answer.

    You guys… no matter what you believe in, I truly believe that life wasn’t meant to be lived this way.

    Right!?

    Especially around the holidays, I feel like there is so much pressure to just GO GO GO.

    So stop.

    Put down your to-do list, say no to plans for a day, Make yourself a hot cup of cocoa (or coffee, duh), throw on some slippers, and tell me….

    What would you do if you just had the day off? Where would you go? What would you get accomplished?

    Would you tackle your to-do list? Stare mindlessly at the TV? Play with abandoned puppies at an animal shelter? Try to make a fun new recipe? Spend hours at Target? Take a long drive?

    Tell me everything!

    Comment, text me, e-mail me (thewindyblonde@gmail.com), whatever!

    And be sure to keep checking back because I have a GIVEAWAY coming up that you will NOT want to miss… trust me. 🙂 I’ll be back next week with some fun new posts! See you then… Xo.

    -TWB