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July 27, 2015

I Didn’t Blog For An Entire Week and No One Died


I also didn’t do my nails, unpack, put the laundry away, weed the garden, call the cable company, get the AC fixed, or generally work my to-do list with the usual rigor. After a five-day retreat in LA I took a redeye home for to meet my family at the cabin and somewhere along the very good-exhausting and very relaxing way I decided not to open my laptop. In fact, this is the first time in 12 days. How hard is it to queue up a few blog posts and clean out my inbox? Not hard at all, unless the line between your work and life has become so blurred that you don’t know if you HAVE a life anymore. Maybe you are living to work, not working to live. (In which case, I highly recommend taking a holiday somewhere without internet or committing to a self-imposed techtox.) Normally I would be beating myself up for falling down on the job, for letting things go this long and this far. I have a responsibility to you, sweet readers, to clients and collaborators, friends and family, a house and a yard! And yet . . . I just couldn’t do it. In my newfound desire to just be, I may have overshot. Or not. In this particular experiment, turns out no one really noticed and nothing really went wrong—except that I can’t watch TV, there’s water in the basement, and I have nothing to wear tomorrow. Other than that, I know any non-essential emails can wait and that you were hopefully too busy drinking margaritas in the sun to notice I hadn’t chimed in with a coral lipstick or DIY grapefruit scrub recipe (coming soon!). I’ve talked about the business of keeping busy before, and am increasingly confident that we do it to feel needed/important/special/loved, not out of necessity. On one hand, nothing horrible or even remarkable happened when I took a week off; on the other, the world can survive without me. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry about this, but I do feel a bit liberated. Like maybe it’s time to start living for me, from a place of desire versus scarcity. Without fear that I can’t do it all and be it all. Because we don’t need to! When you find yourself running on empty, it’s a wakeup call that you’ve wandered too far from your natural path. Come back by taking a break, by breathing, by meditating, by sleeping and moving slowly in nature, by writing or reading or whatever soothes your weary soul. I promise that when Monday comes it will look different and you will feel different. More like you.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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