I just taped this on my wall…

by Susan

It’s okay to need a break.
Breaks are normal.
People without breaks are not nice or healthy.

Erin from It’s Your Movie

I love blog hopping.

I rarely allow myself the treat, but since enjoying the blogosphere more is one of my 2009 Resolutions/Goals, tonight I treated myself to a stop at one of my favorite blogs Adventures in Babywearing.

So, I was over at Steph’s blog, and she mentioned a friend of hers — Erin from It’s Your Movie — You Can Sing If You Want To. I decided to hop over and get to know her a little.

And within her list of “hopeful maybes for the year to come”, I latched on to a profound nugget of truth that I need to embrace.

“It’s okay to need a break.
Breaks are normal.
People without breaks are not nice or healthy.”

I constantly struggle with allowing myself guilt-free breaks.

As a work-at-home mom, I find it almost impossible to ever feel like I can take breaks. I dream of going out for a walk by myself, but never do it. If late at night, I sneak in an episode of a favorite TV show off my TIVO, I feel guilty.

But I must take breaks seriously. My body takes it seriously whether I do or not… as it shouted at me during my November pass-out, throw-up, panic attack.

So now on my wall, next to my monitor, is my reminder.

“It’s okay to need a break.”

Thanks Erin!

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Jamie January 11, 2009 at 11:19 am

Everyone deserves to take a break. We need it for our own mental well being. I just think moms feel overburdened with guilt for thinking of themselves occasionally. Good for you for recognizing this!


2 Jen January 11, 2009 at 11:45 am

Excellent quote. Yes, everyone does indeed deserve a break.


3 Christine S January 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I need to remember this…. because the last person to get a break is usually me. I don’t want to not be nice or healthy!

So, for 2009 I’m going to make sure to make a little time for “me” – a break here and there for a healthy and happy year!


4 Stephanie'sMommyBrain January 11, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I also find it hard to take a break and enjoy “non-productive” activities. That’s a great quote for motivating you to rest and relax.


5 Maria ( January 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm

The best way to take care of others and the things you need to do, is to take care of yourself first.

This coming from someone who never schedules free time for myself at home and at work, someone who eats her lunch in her office while doing work. :)

I guess we are all guilty of not taking enough breaks.


6 Shasta January 11, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I just LOVE that quote!


7 Adventures In Babywearing January 11, 2009 at 7:46 pm

This is great. I MISS blog hopping. It is so fun- and the treasures you find along the way are perfect.



8 Tiffany January 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I could spend all day reading mom blogs. There are just so many interesting things that go on in our lives. I truly get lost in these blogs and if it was not for the house, the husband, and the kids I would be on here all day reading these things.


9 susieshomemade January 11, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Breaks are imperative! I could not live without mine:-)


10 Mominator January 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm

I JUST learned that it is ok to get some “ME” time and take a breather. I used to feel extremely guilty as well.


11 Maddy January 11, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Maybe I should take a leaf out of your book then, although I seem to have added to my ‘to do’ list recently rather than cull it down to a more manageable size.


12 Paula, Organizing Tips for Moms January 12, 2009 at 12:34 am

I love it and I struggle with that one myself! I just found you blog hopping.


13 Erin January 12, 2009 at 1:12 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog and found something on it that encouraged you. That’s what it’s all about!



14 Jessica January 12, 2009 at 4:58 am

What an excellent quote and idea. I agree, everyone needs a break. Sometimes I forget to take one and get crabby which is no good.

Everyone.. take your breaks!!


15 Stephanie January 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I find it impossible to take a break. I feel like there’s always something I should be doing because there’s not enough time in the day to do what I really want.


16 BlapherMJ January 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Well said! We all should be sure to take the breaks we need!


17 Stephanie January 13, 2009 at 1:01 am

So glad you pointed out the “It’s Your Movie” blog! That’s a “find” for sure. I love her style.


18 Veggiemomof2 January 13, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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