This month is a hectic month to say the least. I feel like I'm being over-loaded with social engagements and the desire and social pressure to be out and about is difficult to keep up with. Especially when all I want to do is stay inside with a movie, fire and a hot chocolate.

In among all the celebrations it's hard to find the time to do the dishes and wash some clothes, never mind read your favourite blog! In an effort to make both your and my life a little simpler I'm taking a break from blogging this December.

Most bloggers will write more content over the course of a few weeks so they get ahead and can go away on holiday with their readers none the wiser. But, when you're a one man band like me, it means doubling my stress for a month just so I can have a break. I end up being so exhausted on my holiday I wish I had just stayed at work on a steady pace.

The internet, is a place that time does not really effect. It's a 24/hour machine. You never google something only to find it says "sorry google is sleeping right now". Google doesn't rest, and there seems to be an expectation that my website wouldn't either. That regardless of what's happening in my life, I will continue to blog! Well sorry but, screw that. Even if it does end up harming my ratings or what-have-you's. The rest is so much more important.

We are becoming a 24/hour society where work is valued more highly than rest. Rest is seen as laziness. But actually, it's so hard to push against the grain and take time off it should be a sign of strength! The ability to be an individual and look after yourself should be seen as something to be proud of, not ashamed.

Even I struggle with this. I always feel a warm glow of pride when I say something like "sorry I can't do x I'll be working from 10-10 that day". I feel like I should be given a little badge for it. Whereas, when I do take time off I feel like I have to hide it because I don't want people to think I'm being lazy.

Surely we need to address this. There has to be a way to have more down-time without looking like a smug-lay-about. It needs a shift in perception from everyone. The only person I can work on directly is myself of course. So here I am declaring my time off. Not because I want to brag about it but just to say, Hey, I'm human and I can't work all the time non-stop. It's just not good for me.

On that note, I'd like to wish you a lovely, relaxing, slow-December with your loved ones and see you in the new year!

(And don't worry if you don't manage the slow bit. I'll be talking about how to pick up the pieces after party-season come January.)

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