A Book, A Blanket, A Day Without Work

octoberYou guys, I feel like I am still not back into the swing of things after vacation . . . at the beginning of September. Since then, I’ve been going nonstop with the day job, freelance work, learning opportunities, and meetups. And I need a break.

A few days ago, I tweeted, “Sometime this month I am going to sit down with a book and a blanket and spiked cider and not work for a whole day.” A bunch of people got excited about this idea, and I decided to propose a holiday. So I declare that on Saturday, the eighteenth day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, I will make myself hot spiked cider, curl up with a book, and not work at all. And you can too! It will be called A Book, A Blanket, A Day Without Work. Because that’s all I can come up with. If you have a better idea, feel free to rename it!

I invite you to join me! Tell me about your experience! How did it feel? When was the last time you got to rest intentionally? I want to know! Join me on Saturday, or pick your own day. Share your experience or don’t! No obligations! You do you. Just block out time to give yourself a break — whatever that looks like for you — and enjoy where you are. Enjoy the fall. Enjoy your family. Enjoy some solitude. Enjoy yourself.

  • Love it!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Sarah!

  • This sounds phenomenal. I’m in!

    • Lisa

      Yeah! You deserve it, Angel!

  • Haha, I totally support this. While I unfortunately have plans for that day, it sounds like I might need to make you a greeting card for the occasion…

    • Lisa

      You can always celebrate a different day! That is totally allowed. & I certainly wouldn’t argue with an excuse for you to make a greeting card… 🙂

  • Sandra Harris

    I totally support this too! I’ll do what I can in between the girl’s soccer game…

    • Lisa

      Thanks, Sandra. Every little bit of intentional break time counts!

  • sistersallysue

    I’m in…I love this idea! Can’t wait to hear how it goes for you, and I’m going to do my best to join in. –your crazy country cousin, Rachel 🙂

    • Lisa

      Hey Rachel! I hope you’re able to participate in whatever way would be most restful for you! I hope you’re all well! Say hi to sweet uncle Ben for me! I so enjoyed chatting with him at the reunion. He reminds me so much of my Pappy Dave!

  • Oh wow, it’s been a while…I shall schedule something and join you! 😉

    • Lisa

      Hey Susan! I hope you got a good chunk of time to relax this weekend!

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  • I need one of these days soon. My rest habits have fallen into the dangerous zone of “just stick on TV”. I’d much rather actually unplug and spend a day drawing or reading a physical book. I’m sad I missed Oct 18 but the thought of setting aside one weekend day per month or so sounds fantastic!

    • Lisa

      By all means, you can still schedule yourself a holiday whenever it suits! A monthly occurrence sounds awesome.

  • Wish I had seen this before! Love this idea and it sounds like it was something you, and likely all of us, could use more of. Maybe time for an early New Year’s resolution?

  • amandajclark

    This is brilliant and simple and WHY AREN’T WE ALL DOING THIS ALL THE TIME?

    • Lisa

      Ahhh! Right? I might institute a quarterly rule on this. I try to maintain the idea of a Sabbath throughout the year, but it’s easy to let other things slip in.