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It’s Okay to Take a Break and Do What Matters

Erik Personal Development and Lifestyle, Thoughts of a Mastermind 4 Comments


Over the weekend, I didn’t work on anything for 4 straight days. Starting Saturday night, I turned off the computer, stopped checking email, and put away my phone.

Becoming more self aware, and trying to understand more fully my levels of stress, anxiety, and happiness has been a focus of mine for the past few years. I’m getting better at it, and from time to time, it’s necessary to disconnect and take a break.

Over the past 2 years, I’ve been hustling hard with multiple side hustles, a day job, a want to stay healthy and connected socially, and a drive to improve.

What I want to talk about in this post is that it’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to step away from the hustle for a little bit and have fun.

Life isn’t a race to see who can reach their goals the fastest.

It’s okay to take a break and do what matters to you.

Family Matters to Me

Over the weekend, I spent a fair amount of time with my parents, siblings and grandparents.

I’m definitely very blessed to have a number of healthy family members who all get along, and because of this, I try to be present in the moment when I’m around them.

Being present in the moment to me means putting down my phone, playing card or board games, and chatting about what’s going on in life.

Sometimes we talk about work, sometimes we talk about hustling, but mostly, it’s about travel, events, and experiences.

Family is one of my sources of motivation for my life. I want my family, both from where I came and where I’m going, to be financially secure, healthy (both physically and mentally), and connected.

With this being a thought and goal for me personally, I need to be present and active in the moments. This past weekend, I tried to be self aware, present and doing what matters to me.

My work will be there for me after the holidays, and this is a time to relax, eat good food, have some drinks, and let our worries go away.

Becoming More Self Aware will Lead to What You Want in Life

Self awareness, maturity, emotional intelligence – all of these things develop over time and have been a constant struggle for me.

There are times where I get wrapped up in a conversation and all of a sudden, I lose focus for a second and get annoyed by some minor comment or action. I’m sure there have been times where you’ve had a similar experience.

It’s tough to always be on and present in the moment but can be worked on.

Similarly, I’ve had experiences where I’m so focused on getting my work done and I lose track of time. All of a sudden, an hour later, I notice I’ve been sitting for a few hours straight – something not good for my health.

Or if I’m exhausted and keep pushing. It’s okay to take a break and sometimes very necessary! There’s no point in pushing through exhaustion if it will lead to a cold or the flu.

If the people around you can’t handle you taking a break when necessary, then maybe it’s time to surround yourself with other people (people with demanding and unrelenting bosses, I’m looking at you 😉 )

My point with this post is to focus again on that it’s okay to relax and have a break from the grind. Of course, action is important, but balance is what will lead to great success.

Do What Matters

With my mini-break over the last week, I decided I needed a break from work and hustling. I was tired, a little burnt out, and lacking creativity.

I skipped Monday’s post (gasp!), but will be getting 2 more posts done this week to reach my goal of posting three times a week.

What matters to me is friends, family and health. What also matters to me is The Mastermind Within blog and readers, my work and other hustles.

Understanding what makes you tick and finding balance will lead to achieving what you want.

I hope you had a great weekend with family and friends, and did what matters to you.

Taking a break is okay, and sometimes very necessary for charging up for the next step in our journey.

Thank you for reading!

Readers: how was your holiday weekend? What kind of fun things did you do?




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  1. A little bit of quiet is good for the soul.

    While I’d seldom utter the words “family” and “quiet” in the same breath, I find myself ending more conversions with my parents with, “I love you,” because seeing daily how people you love can be snatched away from you makes me feel that love more acutely when we are together.

    Glad you took a break, Erik. You are bound to return in a better mindset.



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