This past weekend I read a lot… and I didn’t mean to. Granted, I didn’t read as much as I have in past impromptu 24 hour readathons.
Basically…. I read all of After by Anna Todd and quite a bit of Red Queen by Christina Henry along with various bits of some audiobooks.
This post isn’t so much to discuss what I read (although all of it was entertaining) but to discuss the importance of these breaks from life.
My brain runs at a million miles an hour the majority of the time. Between two jobs (currently), programming projects and courses, running this blog/ Instagram/ Twitter I always have a massive to-do list. This obviously can get very overwhelming at times and this weekend my boss at my second job blessed me with an extra couple days off.
My first instinct was to see if any of my friends were free to do a weekend trip and visit them but the more I thought about it the more drained that made me feel just thinking about it. Instead I decided I was going to get through a ton of my photoshop class, do a day of coding at a coffeeshop, get a couple Instagram posts scheduled. I did none of this… and it was glorious.
I am participating in the 100 days of code challenge again so I did do some coding stuff this weekend as well as a long run for Tough Mudder training but for the most part I just sat in my room and read. My book was interesting. I didn’t have any solid deadlines. I needed a break.
Then Sunday I ran a ton of errands and got everything together for the week, planned out my month, basically just had a GYST day. And honestly? I’m feeling a million times more relaxed than I did on Friday. Sure, it would have been nice to get more done to further myself professionally but at some point you just need to take a step back and relax. Do something else. Read something outside of your norm.