I'm long overdue for a break and have been dealing with massive burn-out lately. It happens, especially when you live a busy life in the city. I always know it's time to get away when I don't even have the enthusiasm to be creative, which usually serves as a refuge from the stressors of every day life. I'm finally learning to accept those low cycles of energy and not push myself to keep doing something for the sake of doing something. There are just times in our life when we have to sit back and let things slow down and just do nothing.
During this period of low energy, I'm becoming increasingly aware of the importance of eliminating as much clutter in my life as possible. I'm looking forward to a massive purging of things that I've accumulated, especially when it comes to my living space. I was listening to a radio interview last week about the art of minimalism, and one of the founders of the website The Minimalists was talking about how much happier he was when he started cutting out all of the physical stuff out of his living space. He felt unburdened, which is something I think we're all striving for. When I get back from my mini-vacation, I plan on doing a massive shedding of stuff so that I think more clearly and create space for more creative energy.
In the meantime, I'm taking it day by day and winding down by indulging myself in World Cup matches, chocolate milkshakes and the warmth of the sun. I look forward to returning relaxed and reinvigorated.