Celebrating my 55th, Taking a Sabbatical & Sales Update

Every year that I'm blessed to see another birthday is a huge thing for me. Growing up, my mom always made a big celebration of holidays and special days like birthdays for me and my brother. It is one of those experiences that made growing up in the hood more than bearable. When I got out on my own, even when I was single and a widow I still carried on that tradition. Now that I've turned 55, you'd think I would have grown out of that, but deep down inside, I haven't!

I celebrate the entire month of my birthday just like my mom did for hers! Everyday, I do something for myself and it can be something very small like making my favorite snack. It's my way of giving me that special something to look forward to at the end of each day. So, for August, I actually went BIG...really BIG. I completely gave my home office studio a complete make-over!

I've been buying small items here and there, de-cluttering, and giving away a lot of supplies, but I knew I want a re-design (a new color scheme, new decor, etc.). I fell in love with white marble and of course I love rose gold and now I've added seafoam to one of my fav colors. Pink, of course, is there too which is my absolute fav color. So, I began by getting organized, putting on my desk only the items I grab a lot. I bought a round rotating white caddy with 6 compartments for my pens, pencils, and markers and then I got 2 white marble magazine racks for books and journals. I bought some contact paper to cover my craft table and oversize mouse pad. I really love how my table looks now. I also got a white marble tiny bowl for paper clips, I got tired of having to reach for them in a case that I had to struggle to open.

Also, I have a few more items coming this week, a new mousepad for the computer mouse, an oversized pad for the desk and yes, all white marble! I added another white fur rug that sits in front of my recliner chair and I draped two white curtains (that I've had a long time, one I brought from Florida and the other I bought here at St. Vinnie's) to give the illusion of space. Organizing is key to a small space and I really worked hard at not surrounding myself with a lot of stuff. It just makes me feel overwhelmed and I can't concentrate. I really love how it all turned out and I still have some tweaks I want to do later. I'll provide links at the bottom of this post to where I bought some of these items in case you're interested!

Taking a Sabbatical

Some people may not understand taking a couple of months off from life but sometimes you have to do what's best for you in order to recharge. Hubby and I always wind up working entire years without a break, weekends don't count! LOL! And if you've been following me, you know I work several jobs in addition to trying to keep up with housework, cooking and trying to be a good wife. Around July, I was burned out, sickly and just mentally tapped out. I could tell I need a much needed break when I began to make mistakes on my job that I never do. I couldn't remember small stuff like my address or phone number or even what day of the week it was. I know sometimes you can have a short mental block but that's not what I was experiencing. I actually couldn't remember and I couldn't concentrate.

When things began to worsen, I finally broke down and talked to hubby about what I was going through. He could tell I was severely struggling. We prayed together and decided to take a couple months off to just recharge. I also enjoyed some time off from my day job. We didn't have the funds to travel or go out of town but it didn't matter, because just spending time together, the two of us, was what I needed. We worked hard to not bring up the business or bills in our conversation and just be husband and wife. This also allowed me to catch up on projects around the house that were neglected because I was too tired or too sick to handle them. I spent a lot of time with The Lord praying, I also took some time to fast. I needed to de-clutter my mind. And, let me say that this wasn't us being anti-social, this was us trying to keep from going insane, at least me!

I want to be present and not just here in body but my mind has zoned out. That means that my friends can count on me, my husband feels my support and I'm not sacrificing so much that I forget about me. And, this was the best time to take the time off because in the Fall/Winter, we'll be crazy busy with our photo business. I told hubby I'd like to do this every year. We have friends that take off sometimes for eight months in the summer every year. While we can't afford to take that much time off, I certainly applaud them for doing that. And when they come back, they're totally refreshed and raring to get back in the game. If you're thinking of taking a sabbatical, while I can't recommend that what hubby and I did will work for you, but I can say that our bodies weren't made to burn the midnight oil indefinitely either.

The funny thing is that our sales went way up when we took the time off! God is so good to have our backs in the meanwhile. I am so thankful and so so happy! I sold two of my crocheted scarfs/shawls and one knitted scarf at the local art center in one month which has never happened before, so encouraging! I'm actually working on a new line to replace the rack with so stay tuned for that blog post coming soon! Our photo business has brought in more than we've gotten in a couple of months so we are stoked about it :)

While being away on the sabbatical, it gave me time to really think. I knew that I had to make some drastic changes to my life which included weight loss, developing new eating habits, exercise but also which is equally important is cutting down the number of tasks I do. I'm saying "no" a lot more and not to be mean but I realized I just can't do it all. I think as a woman, I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders and I literally take on more than I'm capable of. Well, I can't be responsible for everything and everyone around me. I can only govern me. And, as I was doing a lot of praying, I really sensed God telling me how I needed to slow down. I think I've improved a lot in this area but I still catch myself trying to get several things done simultaneously in 15 minutes! That's not possible! Slow down Kim!

So, this is the last week of our Sabbatical, it was a great time to reflect, relax, release, and recharge :) I'm so thankful to God that He always understands what I'm feeling and how to help me. I'm really grateful to celebrate my birthday and I'm blessed to have a circle of friends and family around me.

Links to items I bought in this post: (some of these are affiliate links)

Thanks for reading!


  1. May God richly bless your stewardship of your body and soul. May you feel an overwhelming presence of our sweet Lord in your spirit. May the labor of your hands bear much fruit. "But You, Lord, are the shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high." Psalm 3:3