i woke up this morning to the sound of rain gently falling outside my open window. i’ve always loved rainy days, but usually just one at a time and then prefer things to switch back to sunny weather. we’ve not seen the sun here in atlanta for something like 12 consecutive days. as in twelve full days of soupy, muggy, wet weather…and rain. it was so warm and muggy i had to turn on the air conditioner to cool off my stuffy home. the clothes that i line dry out in the garage have stayed damp for days & days. yesterday i had to cancel the fifth photo session in a row. 5 days. 5 sessions. all but one ( that sweet family was flying back to london today. sadness) needed to be rescheduled. trying to reschedule this time of year is mighty tricky. the majority of my november clients are families trying to capture their christmas photo. since it gets dark around 5 pm, factor in some atlanta traffic, and you’ve got a challenge even without the rain.
but here’s the thing.
friday afternoon after i realized my session was rained out, i climbed into bed & told caroline i was just going to take a short nap. rainy days are license to snooze in my book and how i love a good snuggly nap. i woke up two & a half hours later and hadn’t budged. not an inch. same exact position two plus hours later. mercy.
when i realized yesterday’s session was a no-go as well, i began a couple projects that i hadn’t planned on touching for a couple more weeks. while i would never schedule a five day break from work during my busiest season, i must confess the inconvenience of bad weather was actually a surprise blessing & afforded me a little time to refuel.
i saw a quote yesterday by the ever-inspiring, bob goff –
“it’s easy to confuse a lot of activity with a purposeful life. get some rest”
while i’m all team nap and comfy clothes, i still feel a hefty load of guilt when i’m doing a little bit or a whole lot of nothing…or just resting. resting my mind. resting my eyes from my device. resting my hands from work. resting my heart from heavy thoughts or weighty decisions. or just plain ol’ resting my body. we sometimes feel the self imposed need to be all things to all people and in reality, many times the show will go on with out us friends, the show will go on.
when i was in my twenties i remember saying something along the lines of…”i wish our bodies didn’t require roughly eight hours of sleep a night because i’d much rather be doing so many other fun things”. i mean honestly, who was that girl?
so here’s the other thing.
one of the simplest things i’m trying to do these days is unplug in the evenings…and rest. (well, before i really rest.) so i want to encourage you to do the same in whatever way that looks for you. maybe this is already easy peasy for you & you’ve kicked the rest guilt to the curb but if not…the next several weeks with two major holidays, guests, meal planning, shopping… might get a little crazy.
give yourself license…
to rest for a little bit. even just taking an hour off is a sweet treat.
to not say yes to every school committee & chair opportunity that comes your way.
to carve out an hour in the middle of the day & read a book. i’ve pulled out a copy of little women as well as harry potter. classics are so comforting, aren’t they?
to turn off your phone a little early and take a long hot bath with a bath bomb and a glass of wine.
to take a sunday sabbath and get some rest.