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The Weekly Fill: Dead Week
2 minute read | My mind has turned to mush. Let's take a week to rest!
Where I live, it's dead week.
A practice instilled in high school athletics and end of college semesters, but I've admittedly picked it up for myself. I like to think it's one last hoorah for summer. But, also, I wouldn't say I want to get all hung up on summer, ending it pouting through the final four weeks without enjoying them (this was me in every year past).
Instead, I like to think of it as a pick-me-up week.
A week to slow down.
To vacation, adventure, read, and rest.
A time to enjoy summer and the people I’ve desperately wanted to spend time with.
Here's your permission slip: Take a dead week for yourself.
That doesn't mean you must take a week of vacation (although I'd also fully support that). But it's learning how to slow down while still living.
Something powerful happens when you can learn to rest without escaping. I think it would actually help you stay, especially when staying feels hard.
All I'm trying to say is:
You don't have to escape life to feel refreshed by it. But you do have to take action to feel refreshed or, perhaps better said, create it.
My dead week looks like this:
Picking up a new book at the library and actually making it a priority to read more this week.
Cleaning out the closet that I've neglected for six months.
Taking long walks in silence.
Cooking a new recipe I've had my eye on.
Crossing off one of my kid's summer bucket list items (and not feeling bad if it's the first one all summer).
Making last-minute plans with friends.
Logging off social media and email.
Even if only one of them happens, there's something refreshing knowing I've created space, and space equates to more presence.
The podcast and lessons will be back next week. In the meantime, enjoy the mind space for this week!
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