Five Minute Friday - pause

Every Friday we unite for five minutes. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on pause.

And today, I will hit pause and sit in calm and comfort.

It has been a whirlwind of a week.
Two huge events for my agency
big meetings for my business
triathlon training is really taking up so much of my time
the kids are getting close to the end of the school year
my husband has reached his school year limit
I have been running around trying to keep it all together
which means at night my brain falls apart and forgets how to fall asleep
which means this morning as I sit in the success of the last few days
I will hit pause.

Today, I will breathe
I will nap
I will have a cup of coffee by a window while I read
I will take my dog to the park and have her burn off energy
I will pause.

I will shut down
forget my list
I will linger
I will sit with myself
I will be happy with the accomplishments but also happy that it is over
and I can hit pause.

Today I will hug my kids
I will snuggle them
we will have dinner together
we will kiss noses
they will tell me about their week
they will ask how my week went
and I will remind them that work is important
that mom loves to work
she leans into it
but I am happy to be home
hitting pause.

I will reconnect
become a better bride
a better mom
a better friend
I will find the other parts that were pushed away.

Today I will linger
I will smile
I will feel whole and full.
Job well done sort of full and whole.

And today, I will hit pause and sit in calm and comfort.



  1. rachel says:

    Amen! wonderful writing. Thank you! (visiting from fmf#15)

  2. Stephanie says:

    Sabbath and rest are such balms to the soul! Thankful you are able to set aside time for self-care. It keeps us going.

  3. Misty says:

    Beautiful... I want to have a day that follows this recipe EVERY WEEK! So often we talk about the things which "fill our buckets", when something as simple (sounds simple, but honestly it probably is both as natural and unnatural as possible) as this would do just that, a thousand times over...

    1. childhood says:

      It really reminded me how important it is to have a power down day. I am fortunate to have the space to take it.

  4. Debby says:

    And that's how we balance it all 🙂 Good for you!

  5. Janel says:

    pause is so necessary and needed isn't it. It is good that you have seen the need for this refreshment in your life, so that you are not suffering the effects of burnout. SO soon to end of school year for both your hubby and kiddos. You guys hang in there! visiting from FMF 🙂

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