Slow Down . . . You Move Too Fast …

| March 8, 2008 | 4 Comments

… You’ve got to make the morning la-ast!

The 59th Street Bridge Song by Simon and Garfunkel could be the anthem for my life. I’m always on — from 5 a.m. when Paige wakes to nurse until 12:30 a.m. when I finish the last of my freelance work, I am going. I can’t say I am constantly giving 110 percent as I would like to, but I do my best. Between work, freelancing, raising two kids, trying hard not to neglect my usually patient husband, cooking, blogging, and working out, I don’t have time to get sick and often say as much.

This past week? I got sick. Really sick. Like praying to the porcelain gods sick . . . yuck. (If this wasn’t a food blog, I would share my beloved poem about love that I wrote my senior year of high school now. It has similar figurative language. My professor thought it was genius.)

I was tempted to keep going at full throttle for about, oh, a minute. But I was dizzy, sick and staring at the computer screen just made me sicker. Finally, I conceded defeat and took time off to get better. I needed it.

One thing I learned from taking that time off was that everyone needs to slow down sometimes. (Hello, captain obvious!) A student at a local university interviewed me recently and asked if all that I do on a daily basis was heading me down a road to burnout. I’d love to say ‘No, never!’ but truthfully, I don’t know. Perhaps. But not if I can remind myself to slow down on a semi-regular basis.

I plan on trying to have unplugged days on a pretty regular basis – no email, no cell phone, no blogging, no surfing. Mark Bittman wrote about this in the New York Times fashion section. He called it a virtual break and said that it was quite challenging to do once a week during his test period, but he did eventually remember how to – say – just sit quietly and read a book. Sounds like a nice thing to remember how to do, if you ask me.

Tomorrow? I’m taking that virtual break. Today? I have a lot of work to do, so that I am comfortable with my virtual break.

Food’s coming later, folks. Check back. I’ve got a killer recipe for you.

Category: Thoughts

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Sarah you poor thing, glad you’re on the mend though

  2. Glad to hear you’re feeling better! We all need a regular tech-free break, that’s for sure. Hope you’re recharged. :)

  3. Chris says:

    Get better soon!

  4. Sarah says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone!

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