It’s ok to take time off

I worked for years, day-in and day-out, seven days a week –  fearing that if I took a day off my creative business would fail. I think this fear comes from having a one income household and if my income went to zero – I’d be up the creek.

I felt guilty if I wasn’t working on it every waking hour. I felt guilty if I took a vacation and worried through the entire thing. I think this comes from years of not being able to take time off at the very stressful job I had previously. I would do weeks and weeks of extra work and long hours before I could take one week off and my accounts not have a meltdown while I was away.

Even though I was following my dream in this business – it has taken me years to drop old fears and relax a bit about how I run my business and take time off.

 

I have come to realize that I am actually more creative when I take breaks. I come back stronger with bigger ideas if I let my brain take time off. My business benefits from my comebacks more than if I just pushed through the burn.

I have realized that my creativity comes in waves. When the wave starts – I am flooded with ideas. So many I almost can’t even keep up. So I ride that wave with everything I got. Creating and creating… ideas flowing and flowing… til one day they go away and I know that my creative wave is gone for a while. I have used up everything I have and need a rest.

So when I’m in a creative slump I work on other aspects of my business and take a few days off without feeling guilty… waiting for the next creative wave to come – and it WILL come. It may take a few weeks for it to return, maybe even a month or two… but it always comes back.

 

So now I realize that if I need a day or two off – it’s okay.

My business will be ok.

My creativity will come back with my next “big” idea.

And I will be stronger and my business will be better if I take that break.

So work hard and build up a business you are proud of.

And don’t be afraid to take time off to recharge.

You and your business will be stronger for it.

Denise Love

Denise Love

Founder of 2 Lil' Owls Studio

In the creatively built series – I’ll be sharing with you lots of info I’ve learned over the years for growing your own creatively built business. I’ll be sharing plenty of ideas and best practices. I cannot wait to share my creatively built journey with you! xoxo Denise

4 Comments

  1. Fleur Davies

    This makes so much sense to me and how I feel about my business Denise! Thank you. Enjoyed reading.

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    • Denise Love

      So glad you enjoyed this post! Thank you 🙂

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  2. Bonnie Mitchell

    To take time off, is to love and respect yourself, proof that you are listening to that voice inside that says “hey, I’m tired and need time just for me.” And, not listening to the “shoulds” that lurk around inside. And, having faith that the universe provides (or some such…).

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