“I am not being lazy; I’m not slacking; I’m just letting my attention shift for a while, away from the direct ambitions of the rest of my year. It’s like revving my engine.” — Wintering, Katherine May

This quote resonated with me following my Christmas break; it represented something I’ve tried to improve: Intentional relaxation. Willful avoidance of deadlines.

Much of my last two and a half years has been at breakneck speed; multiple projects and deadlines, conflicting pressures at work. It’s unsustainable and unhealthy.

I needed to give myself permission to take time off, and will continue to do so as the year progresses. “Self-care” is one of our new themes for the year, and right now, it’s more important than ever.

I found this quote on this Instagram post by Anna Blackwell.