5 Things I Am Doing To Rejuvenate

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I knew I was going to have a crazy busy spring. In fact, a few months ago, I wrote that Spring was going “to send my calm, serene existence sailing.” But I had no idea just how depleted this season would leave me. I could have never have predicted that in the midst of back-to-back trips that I’d be struggling with flood clean-up and finding a new place to live. I didn’t know just how frenzied Spring could be.

Here we are on the cusp of a new season and I am in serious need of a reset. For the first time in my life, I am craving introspection and rest. Two things I typically avoid like a plague.

Here are 5 things I plan to do to rejuvenate.

I am going take a relaxing beach vacation. My last several  vacations have been fun, even rewarding, but not so much relaxing. On Wednesday, I am heading to the beach with a close friend, a ziplock full of sunblock, and a stack of books. I plan on doing some serious unwinding.

I am going to stay put. I have been traveling too much. For a season, I need to be in Nashville so I can recreate some healthy routines like exercising, cooking, serving at Cross Point, and enjoying time with close friends.

I am going to be more intentional about what opportunities I say “yes” to. I am one of those people who says “yes” to almost everything. Honestly, more often than not, saying “no” makes me feel guilty. But I am realizing that saying “no” allows me to say “yes” to something important down the road.

I am going to ask myself some hard questions. Over the last few months, I’ve realized that I don’t know myself as well as I’d like to. It’s time to do a little soul-searching. And hopefully I’ll uncover a handful of things that energize and inspire me.

I am going to blog more consistently. I know this sounds counter-intuitive, committing to post more, but I’ve discovered that blogging is therapeutic. It forces me to find time alone to process and to make sense of the thoughts spinning out-of-control in my brain.

Are you in need of rest? What do you do to rejuvenate yourself?

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • When I need to rejuvenate myself,and I don't have extended amounts of time to get away, I will take a few hours to go paint pottery or swing by Micheal's for a craft project. I find that blocking out a few hours to do something creative gets the energy flowing again. I try to not make it tooo complex of a project, but something I can do with stuff being processed on my "back burner" because somewhere between choosing the paint color and finishing the project I am restored.

    • That would be nice…I'm not so much "crafty" so I think I might end up "frustrated" instead of "restored." 🙂

  • I so enjoy listening to you wrestle through the balances of life, work and rest. As a full time working mom, I am always interested to hear how others find space in their day, calendar and heart for what they're committed to. Thanks for letting us listen in.

    ~Lisa-Jo

    • Thanks Lisa-Jo. Sometimes these kind of posts feel selfish because I write them mostly for public accountability so it's nice to hear that you appreciate them.

  • That does sound like the recipe for rejuvenation and a great summer…..enjoy the ride as much as you should enjoy being in neutral.

  • Every so often I start straining against the responsibility resting on my shoulders. That's when my brain starts planning what everyone else considers to be my "crazy" trips. Tryouts for a TV talent show? Check. Six hour car ride for a Pioneer Woman book signing? Check, check. Honestly, I love the time in the car as much as anything. Sometimes I listen to music, but most of the time I just think. I guess it is my way of escaping. It gives me time to regroup so I can face the real world again.

    Any chance you are heading to a NC beach? 🙂
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    • No, headed to Florida. But I agree time in the car, alone or with a good friend, is good for regrouping.

  • Lindsey, I’m so glad you have the opportunity to put these steps into place. I love that you’re taking a vacation and then staying put for a while. I know when I have several weeks or even months of gogogogogo, having that downtime is exactly what my mind and body need.

  • Will be praying for you through this season of rest. For me I find I have to take the time daily to just sit quietly, read my bible, write and exercise. If any of these get out of whack my spirit does also.
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  • Nicole Wick

    I can totally identify with this. I think I have been running myself ragged. I just wrote a similar post myself (linked below). Thank you for sharing this!

    http://www.nicolewick.com/2010/05/stopping-the-madness/

  • I love all these ideas. I've been considering getting some intentional alone time myself.Thankfully my husband is willing to let me do this while he cares for our daughter.

  • This is great, Lindsey! I hope you enjoy your time away. My husband and I are taking a short trip away this weekend – we haven't done this in SO long and it is greatly needed. It's amazing how a relaxing vacation can help put things in perspective.
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    • Glad you are getting away too. When we both return, we need to get that lunch back on the calendar.

  • i love going to the beach as a way of escape.

    but as a single mom…my days can get crazy crazy busy that i have no time to go anywhere at all….this is how i fell in love with finding my secret place of being in His presence and falling in love with prayer. coz in His presence i've found fullness of joy and peace that allows me to keep on keepin on.

    • i can't imagine living close to the beach like you SoCal folks…i think i'd have a hard time getting anything done.

  • I love to go hiking in the mountains. Seeing as how Missouri doesn't have lots of mountains….I love to play the guitar without trying to work on writing a song..ironically, that's when some of the best song ideas show up. I love to hang with. And I really just like kicking back and watching a movie with a snack.
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  • Nicole, I loved your post. And I love how you have narrowed your focus.

  • oh, i love the mountains. especially in the fall. they are so rejuvenating.

  • Eleven more days of school!!! Yeah! But, several weeks ago, I realized that with all I have on my plate for this summer, I could work the whole time away. So, I decided that I am going to take the first two weeks of July off. No working on my plans for next school year and no working on my blog (hopefully, my book proposal and queries to agents will be done by then). I will spend time online, but other than that, I'm going to relax and enjoy my family including a new granddaughter due on July 5.

    Tell you what, Lindsey, I'll pray for your break and you pray for mine…. 🙂
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  • Eleven more days of school!!! Yeah! But, several weeks ago, I realized that with all I have on my plate for this summer, I could work the whole time away. So, I decided that I am going to take the first two weeks of July off. No working on my plans for next school year and no working on my blog (hopefully, my book proposal and queries to agents will be done by then). I will spend time online, but other than that, I'm going to relax and enjoy my family including a new granddaughter due on July 5.

    Tell you what, Lindsey, I'll pray for your break and you pray for mine…. 🙂

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  • I can relate very much to your ways of resting Lindsey.

    Back in January, I was very worn out and tired so I decided to take a cruise to Mexico. It was fantastic. I loved the sun, having no schedule and just chilaxin. 🙂
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  • I'm pretty new to your blog, but found myself super excited to read "I am going to blog more consistently." :o) (Blogging is therapeutic for me too.) Of course, I'm also excited for your beach trip (this weekend, I'm traveling to stay with a "blog-friend-turned-real-friend") and for your plans to "stay put" (I am home alone a LOT and definitely enjoy my "down time"). As for the "hard questions", I am also trying to work on that. I started reading the book Jessica and Angie are doing for their book club (Strong Women, Soft Hearts) and am only through the first three chapters because it has been really hard for me to stay focused in the challenge to get to know myself better. I have been trying to turn off my computer for at least an hour on my days off because I tend to get "lost" in the land of twitter and blogs and television. I'll be praying for you as you spend your days resting and reading and thinking 🙂
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