Taking a break is something few people I know ever want to do, but honestly it’s something everyone should try before they burn out.
One of the awesome things I got to do while I was in Ireland was take archery lessons in a replica of a Norman castle. Seriously, it was surreal, standing in the courtyard of this giant stone structure with a recurve bow and a quiver full of arrows, firing at targets several yards away.
I’ve tried archery before, and I wasn’t very good at it. And as I tried again under the tutelage of a phenomenal teacher (Hi, Sharon, if you’re reading this!), I remembered how bad I actually was.
I used both eyes and still missed the target. I breathed properly, aimed carefully, put my feet exactly the correct width apart, and thouabbaght about nothing but the target. And I still missed.
You know what I discovered? I was thinking about it too hard. Because when I stopped worrying about all of the things I had to do, I got the chance to focus on what I needed to do. I just shot the darn arrow, and you know what? I got a bullseye.
It made me think of the movie The Last Samurai where the head of the samurai village, Nobutada (one of my favorite characters) comes to Captain Algren to give him some helpful advice on his fighting techniques. “Too many mind.”
Algren was thinking too much about too many things. Sure, he was focused, and his focus was strong. But his focus was divided. “Mind the sword, mind the enemy, mind the people watching: Too many mind.” Nobutada’s advice to him is simple: “No mind.”
Translated for a 21st Century Creative? Taking a break is good for your health.
I get easily buried in doing many things, and I can do most of them very well. But what ends up happening is that I eventually become overwhelmed. It’s not that I’m not focusing. I am. I’m just focusing on too much. And I’ve hit that point again in my life where I have too many projects, too many tasks, too many responsibilities, and something has to give.
Unfortunately, as before, it’s going to have to be my regular blog posts. I love this blog, and I love sharing all the awesome things that are happening in my life. But at the moment, blogging is taking up a significant chunk of my day, and that’s a chunk of time I desperately need in order to make ends meet. That means it’s a good time for taking a break from blogging.
But for those of you who read my blog on a regular basis, don’t despair. I’m going to get back to blogging again, but the content is going to be much better and a lot more fun to read. That being said, my website is getting ready to go through a rather large transition. And I might as well announce the first big one right now.
Some time ago I combined my writing blog with my Always Peachy Devotional blog, and while that was a good idea at the time, the audience for my fiction and my devotionals isn’t the same. Now, I’ve added another aspect: The Creative Techie. Again, the audience is completely different. After a lot of prayer and some great conversations with close friends, I’ve decided to separate these blogs.
AlwaysPeachy.com will still be active, but it will redirect to a separate site that will ONLY contain devotionals. I’m excited about this because I will be recycling older devotions with new graphics. There are more than 1500 devotionals available on this one site, all organized by Bible verse reference. So you can always search for what you need. Always Peachy has its own Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Page.
TheCreativeTechie.com will now be its own website, completely separate from anything else. Of all the things going on in my life right now, this is the most exciting. The Creative Techie, my online courses that teach creative business professionals to use technology, has a ton of potential, and I’m eager to start teaching. The Creative Techie has its own Twitter and Facebook Page.
That will leave this old site, AmyCWilliams.com, to become something new, different, and totally exciting. Guys, I seriously can’t wait to introduce you to the new and improved site. I think you’re going to love it, and you’re really going to love the new types of blog posts I’ll be doing.
Taking a break
But before we get to that point, I need to step back for a month or two and figure out exactly how all of this is going to fit together. I’ll be around, of course, and you can always email me. And if something super stupendous happens, you’d better believe I’ll put a post up, and I’ll also be working on newsletters still as well.
Plus there will be an AWESOME guest post NEXT WEEK about a new writing resource my best friend Katie Phillips has created, and you don’t want to miss it!
Taking a break from blogging is going to be good for my health, and I know for sure it’ll be good for the content on this site. So thank you in advance for your patience, and thank you a million times over from the bottom of my heart that you’ve stuck with me.
I can’t wait to share all the amazing things God is doing in my life and through my business. I’ll be back soon!