Taking A Little Break

Hey friends, not gonna lie, today I’m feeling a little nervous.

Tomorrow I get my wisdom teeth out and while I’m ready for them to come out, I don’t love the idea of surgery so I’ve got some jitters even though I know everything will be fine!

But, that’s not why I’m writing.

Last week I finished reading Digital Minimalism. While I enjoyed the topic, I didn’t actually love this book. I thought the idea was awesome, but that it could have been executed better. But it did give me the push that I’ve been needing.

I’m taking a social media break!

Tomorrow I’m getting my wisdom teeth out and then I’ll be on vacation next week, so I thought, why not take a break now? I’ll be able to relax this week and then enjoy my vacation without being distracted by social media (I will keep my private IG active, so I can post pictures of my trip/keep a journal that way, but once I’m home I’ll be logging off of that account too.)

I’m planning to take 3-4 weeks off. I want to just enjoy family time and I really really want to write more of my novel. I just passed 10k words this weekend and I’m ready to really get deeper into this story! My goal is to hit the midway point, and pass it if I can! (I’m not sure how much writing I’ll actually be doing this week, it will just depend on my pain level.)

During this time, I’m also going to take a mini blog break. While I love blogging I know that I need breaks! I was planning to take one this summer anyway and the timing is perfect. There will be a few book reviews posted over the next week or so, but after that, I’ll be taking a break.

Time to enjoy family, writing my book, and stepping back from all the media that fills so much of my life.

I’m sure I’ll share my experiences once I come back, but my hope with this break is 1) to write at least 30k in my draft and 2) re-evaluate my social media habits and what I really want to use social media for, so that it can be less of a distraction in the future.

I love you all. Wish me luck with my surgery tomorrow! And if you want to get in contact with me, you can always send an email to taylor@tayepperson.com (I’ll still be checking email periodically mainly for work) or you can text me if you’ve got my number ;) Happy Monday and happy summer!

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Building A Simplified Life

Right now my to do list feels like a mile long, and I hate that feeling. 

The feeling of overwhelm that creeps in when I realize I’ve said yes to too many things for this season of life.  

I want simple. I want abundant. I want rhythm and routine. I want some sort of order, because my physical reality reflects my mental reality and right now it’s all just screaming mess and overwhelmed and clutter  I want to change that though and build a simpler life. 

I read this blog post today, and this part really stuck out to me: 

” Simple does not equal small. Simple does not equal mundane. Simple does not equal boring. Simple does not equal SETTLING.

Simple is rich and beautiful. Simple is easy. Simple is refreshing.

A simplified life has an ease about it, even when life throws curveballs. A simplified life is one lived with intention, purpose, and love. A simplified life is rooted in routine, rhythm, and tradition. A simplified life has a cadence about it that is both soothing and foundational. A simplified life provides a sturdy foundation upon which ambition, creativity, and adventure are built.“ 

I want that life and I’m ready to create it. 

Building (and having) a Simplified life is something I can’t stop thinking about, and right now I’m taking the steps to build a Simplified life.  

Over the next few weeks (and months) I’ll be changing things and creating habits. Some of that will include: 

  • simplifying our stuff

  • figuring out a better meal planning system

  • coming up with a (flexible) routine/schedule for our days

  • taking a step back from social media to figure out where I really want to be online

  • spending more time in the quiet, unrushed moments instead of running from one thing to the next

  • focusing on building simple health habits for me and my family

  • saying yes to the right things and saying no to everything else.

I’m ready to calm my soul and my life. I’m ready to talk about living a simple life, instead of a rushed and busy one. I’m ready to build a Simplified life that works for our family.