Saturday, March 25, 2017

{break} 25/31 #sol17



The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
hosted at the Two Writing Teachers.
Join us for a month of writing!
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Dearest Reader,

Today is the day. Spring break begins. A time to get away from the ordinary daily scheduled life and make new memories as family.

I've debated my next move. I've thought a lot about what I should do. This year is going to be different. It's hard to write these words, but this is the first spring break vacation that is not a stay-cation at home or a visit to my parents' home. Our days away will be full and busy and exhausting and fun.

Living life is more important to me right now. Time with family and friends is more important to me right now. Snapping photos and capturing memories in my notebook are more important to me right now.

So, I have decided, as my friend recently did, to press pause right now.

I have wondered how I would even manage it, squeezing it in the full days planned, and spending the time crafting something worth sharing ... I don't want to write something just to post it daily. 

This is my seventh year of the March SOLSC. Over the past six years, I wrote all thirty-one days in March. That's a celebration. I enjoyed it and I had the time to dedicate to writing and commenting in those seasons of my life.

I will not apologize for letting go of this challenge this year at this time. It's what I need to do for myself. I have enjoyed the journey so far, but I'm getting off at today's stop: Spring Break and I'm taking a break from the challenge.

I wave goodbye for now with tears in my eyes. Sad to know I will miss YOUR stories and YOUR words. But I am happy to know I can live freely in each new moment to come without worry.

I'll catch up with you on Tuesdays. Hugs to you all.

Sincerely,
Michelle

P.S. My amazing Mom and fellow slicer has graciously accepted to complete my month-long task on the Welcome Wagon. Thank you so much, Mom! 

16 comments:

  1. Happy Spring Break! Enjoy your trip and be proud of yourself for setting boundaries. It's a hard thing to do!

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  2. I always say do what's best for you and your family. I look forward to reading your posts on Tuesdays. Enjoy your break!

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  3. As I've always told you, you have to do what is best for you. I know how much you enjoy TWTs and this challenge and how much encouragement you've given me and so many others. Enjoy your vacation and your break. Refresh, regroup and when ready, start writing again. Hugs, Mom

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  4. Happy Spring Break. This year, family interrupts! That is the way it is supposed to be when you live a full life. It happens. Enjoy!

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  5. Yay for spring break! Enjoy it 180%!!!!! See you on a Tuesday
    Bonnie

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  6. Sounds like a great decision to me! Enjoy your vacation! Cherish the time with your family!

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  7. Oh, Michelle - I can hear in your voice how hard this is for you! <3 I think you will have a MAGICAL time and capture all kinds of tidbits for future slices through the year.
    We will miss your voice, but family first. Always. :)

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  8. Good for you! Family is first and family comes through. Amazing Mom!

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  9. I hope your spring holiday is wonderful. We do what we need to do. As you are doing now. Good for you (and your family).

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  10. Sometimes, something just has to move over. Enjoy all the fun with the giggles and the sparking eyes from your girls. This is what memories are made of.

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  11. Enjoy your spring break whole heartedly! Your decision is right. I'll miss you. I'll look forward to Tuesday slices when you return.

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  12. Thanks for writing to your readers. this is important to teach our students that we can write authentically for different purposes.
    Congratulations for being a slicer for so many years. It is only the beginning for some of us but I will follow in your 'past steps' and carry on! Enjoy the break.

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  13. Enjoy your time away with your family. I will certainly miss your stories, but family comes first for sure!

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  14. Look at you... passing the Welcome Wagon baton. You rock, Michelle.

    Now, go and enjoy your spring break! Go make some memories worth writing about when you return.

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  15. I bet you will still be writing as you spend time with your family. It will just happen in your head and in your heart instead of on the computer. And that is something to cherish.

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  16. So glad you pressed pause! EnJOY!

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.