Taking a reprieve….

I’ve been feeling very much like something is missing in my life lately.  It’s such an odd sense and one that I can’t quite put my finger on.  I’m desperately trying to figure out what is going on and wonder why I’m feeling this way.  Maybe it’s my age; at 44, I think most of us start to dwell on what we’ve accomplished thus far, and then we start to wonder where we’re headed for the remainder of our days.

So after thinking on this for quite some time, I’ve finally decided that what I really need is time away.  A break from everything and everybody around me.  Time to reflect on my life and really determine what I want to do with my future.  I’ve been feeling sort of stuck lately.

My two oldest daughters are getting married this year and so I’ll just have two left at home.  I’m getting a bit antsy to do more with my own life and feel ready to make some life changing decisions if I have to.  I don’t know what that really means for me, but I think what I really need to do, is to start thinking about my future career goals.

I’ve been out of the Biotechnology field for many years now and so I really doubt I would go back to that again.  I am still extremely interested in learning website design or having any sort of computer job in which I could work from home.  I also like the idea of an editing job, or possibly having a full-time writing career.  There are just so many things to consider and I feel like I’m just wasting my time thinking about all of it, when I really just need to come up with a firm plan on what I should do.

So after contemplating all of these things, I have decided to head up to northern Wisconsin for a week by myself to sort everything out.  I won’t be blogging during that time, as I really don’t want to have any other obligations, except of course to figure out what I’m going to do from here on out.

I may take a few of my book ideas with me, and see what happens with those. Who knows, maybe I’ll be so inspired, that I’ll start writing an amazing novel while I’m gone and be able to finish it before the year is done!  Wouldn’t that be an accomplishment?  Anyway, I’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

I’m getting excited though.  This will be the first week in my life, that I’ve ever been completely alone.  I just booked my reservations at a cottage in the middle of a forest, and I can’t think of a better place to go to find my inspiration.  If you had an entire week to go someplace by yourself and do whatever you wanted while you were there, where would you go, and what would you do?

30 responses to “Taking a reprieve….

  1. Fantastic!!!!! I know this feeling… I just started working after being at home for almost 20 years.

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  2. Yeah, it’s so hard to know what to do. Feel like I’m starting over in a way…..

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  3. Me too. I decided just get my foot out the door. It was not easy after hardly any work history for 20 years 😜. Finishing school isn’t the in the list & writing of course! Enjoy that week. I think it’s amazing.

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  4. If you don’t stop, and smell the roses, you won’t notice their beauty. Finding ones self is an important trip, but to harness what is inside, to begin a new journey you need to be on the same page, all of you, and for that, you need clarity. My escape is sitting down and writing, I go off into whatever world I’m in and get lost, everything else is nothing, it’s my freedom, find your goals, and then kick them 👍

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  5. I know what you mean…. it’s gonna be hard for me too. I really am excited to have this time away.

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  6. Thanks Matthew… the best advice I’ve gotten all day! 😉

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  7. A cottage in the middle of a forest sounds divine!! I can already feel the inspiration that will come your way! Take time to find you, we always forget we are important, too. I will miss you, and look forward to your return (fingers crossed). Love you, my friend 🙂

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  8. Thanks Dorinda! It should be amazing… I don’t leave for another week, but I am already so excited!

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  9. Have a wonderful time! Just relax, take a deep breath and follow your dreams!! Be safe xoxo

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  10. Thanks Dorinda! I will…

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  11. Enjoy it!!! I want to escape too. Lol

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  12. It’s a two bedroom… so the other room is all yours!

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  13. ooh That is so tempting! Southern Wisconsin is only 8 hours away… So it would be a 10-12 hour drive!!

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  14. It’s all yours if you want to! I’ll just be spending most of my time writing or going hiking…..

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful break, Michelle. I would love some alone time and I’m a little envious. I hope you find some answers. 🙂 ❤

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  16. I find leaving the world behind is a good way to find out what is important to me. Hope you find that, too.

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  17. Haha, I don’t give advice, not since that last time when I…. Maybe I’ll save that for a story one day 😀

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  18. Well…. After talking to another woman blogger last night, we’ve decided a women’s retreat is very much in order. So thinking we could plan one there next year. So if you’re interested….. 🙂

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  19. Ahh yes…. us writers do like our time alone. I think I’ll figure it out. 🙂

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  20. Oh boy…. Don’t leave me hanging Matthew… You were at day 100 yesterday… Does that mean day 101 could be based on a true story?

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  21. I think, maybe, 101 will be about a demon who wants to be human but can’t stop killing people and sucking the marrow from their bones, of course you won’t know that part until the very end as he will also be the detective who is trying to catch a serial killer, who of course will also be him… But you can’t spoil it for anyone else okay?

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  22. Sounds complicated and exciting…. My lips are sealed…. 🤐

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  23. I love women’s retreats and used to host an annual one years and years ago. Unlikely that I’ll be able to make it, Michelle, but thanks for asking 😀 I’m so flattered. You will love it!

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  24. I know D…. Wish you could!

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  25. That is another aspect of my life that I have been trying to figure out. I have no clue what to with the rest of my life. I haven’t had a child in my house for quite awhile and still battle back from the brink of suicide and depression. Yet, I am at a point that I want to do something different, like I need a big change, but I am not at all sure how to bring about this change or even what this big change is supposed to be.

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  26. It’s so hard to figure it all out. Praying that you will…. My personal hope is that you decide to go to culinary school like you’ve been talking about. Then you can teach me! 😉

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  27. Good luck. Sounds like a good idea to get your thoughts in order.

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  28. I’m so happy for you, M! Everything you’ve said, I agree with. It’s an age thing, it’s a writer thing, etc. We are never the same person today that we were yesterday, and we’ll be somebody else tomorrow. Embrace the beauty of it and enjoy the ride! Wishing you the best retreat EVAH!

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  29. Thank you so much! 🙂

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  30. Thanks Tessa! I’m hopeful!

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