I like to finish what I start: when I take on a task it’s pretty rare that I don’t complete it. This drive to finish things generally serves me well in life, yet there are times when I wish I was better at giving myself a break…I wish I could allow myself to stop doing something without needing to call myself out for being a failure.

My friends: this is one of those times.

About a month ago, I set out to post on my blog every day of November in the name of National Blog Posting Month (aka NaBloPoMo). Well I almost did it: today marks day 26 of the challenge. There are just a few days left but today I decided I just don’t have it in me to keep going. For one thing: it’s Thanksgiving week and I want to actually enjoy it. I don’t really want to post tomorrow and I definitely don’t want to post on Thanksgiving Day. I want to hang out with my family, and I want to cook and eat. I want to watch movies. I want to catch up on stuff that hasn’t gotten done this month since I’ve spent more time on my blog than usual. And this weekend I will be out of town visiting with my husband’s family for a couple of days. His dad has been in the hospital for a while. I don’t plan on being near a computer.

And you know what else? Amazon.com is releasing my book one week from today. December is going to be a very busy month! I want to feel refreshed after the holiday weekend to take it all on (and to take it all in). There’s simply no reason for me to finish the NaBloPoMo challenge just so I can say that I finished it: it’s just not that important to me. And it does not mean I am a failure.

So, I hope that you all have a wonderful, wonderful holiday. And I hope that if there is something in your life that you are sticking with, even when your heart is not in it, that you give yourself permission to stop. Take a break…you deserve it.

I will be back here soon with another awesome giveaway.


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    Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) — November 26, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    Good for you Winnie. Whilst I have enjoyed more posts that usual from you this month, *I* give you permission to stop too. Over the past few years, I’ve stopped doing a couple of very big things that I have taken on. Saying “no” is hard but it doesn’t mean one is a failure, not by any definition. Have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy your family XO

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    Winnie — November 26, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    Thanks so much, Mardi!!!

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    Nicole — November 27, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    I think this is great, Winnie! I started NaBloPoMo last year and made it to about this point before making the same decision. I’m glad I started last year but I’m also glad I gave myself permission to stop. I’m so happy you joined in this year because I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and your blog a bit more. Enjoy your break and I’ll see you in December! :-)

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    Julia — November 27, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    I completely hear you Winnie, and I applaud you! (Especially since I bailed out last week!) Spending time with family is much more important than stressing out over a few blog posts. As far as I’m concerned, (and I’m sure I’m one of many) you are a champ!

    And I still think they should consider switching it to February, when nothing is going on. The first two weeks of November should be for relaxing before the frenzy of the holidays, and the last two weeks should focus on conserving your strength. Plus, February is the shortest month!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Lizthechef — November 27, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Hooray for you – I too decided to take this week “off” and won’t do my usual Friday post. I have also simplified tomorrow’s feast and feel more relaxed about the holiday than I have in years…Happy Thanksgiving, Winnie – I read your entire book in one day over the weekend. Terrific!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — November 27, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Why should you be running yourself ragged when most of the country will be enjoying major R&R over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend? I am so glad you gave yourself permission to take a break. A true act of self love and for those close to you. I felt overwhelmed just knowing you were doing this challenge and there were so many posts to keep up with in my blog feed from Healthy Green Kitchen, LOL! I took a much needed break in October and highly recommend it to prevent burnout. Your adrenals will love you for it! ;) Warmest wishes for a meaningful and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday and weekend, Winnie! xo

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 27, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Absolutely wonderful advice! By the way, I have your book with me this weekend. It’s making me incredibly happy. So beautiful.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 27, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Oh, yikes. And HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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    Juliet Wood — November 27, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    Congratulations! Anyway, whoever thought of blogging every day for one month just for the sake of having a what? A NaBloPoMo? The name alone says we can live without that. . I would like to thank you for the protein bar recipe which has been a real life saver nutritionally for us, I make a version with the ingredients I can get here in Venezuela. So now if I or my DH know we will be out near a meal time we just take one with us to get through to the next healthy meal at home. I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday with your family.

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    Jen — November 28, 2013 @ 2:31 am

    Great reminder! Thank you for this and good job taking care of yourself.

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    Dawne — November 28, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    Aww, Winnie, if it is not fun, don’t do it :) You aren’t under any obligation to us, or yourself. Some things were invented to occupy people with more free time than we have! Enjoy your holiday!

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    Samantha — December 3, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I’m glad that you were able to give yourself a break. :D You deserve it. After all, your book was just released! go Winnie!