Sometimes You Need a Break….And That’s Okay [Revisited]

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran in January.  I’m reposting it now due to some site issues that required taking down the original.


It happens to the best of us. Despite your good intentions, sometimes life gets in the way.
Job responsibilities and projects call. Personal obligations take priority. You get sick. Or maybe you need a break, just because.  Regardless of the circumstances or the reasons, in this modern world of constant busyness, sometimes you just need to let things go for a while.

For those of you who are consistent readers of this blog (thank you!) you may have noticed the posts get a little thin, fewer and far between for a while.  It’s been several months since I’ve written anything myself, and even reviewing and posting contributor or guest author posts just didn’t happen.

I’ll admit it, life just simply got in the way. I found myself not having the time to attend to this site the way I like to.  For those that don’t know the background of this site, it has always been managed on a completely voluntary basis. Those of us who founded it, did so because we believed in the idea. No one paid us to do it, and no one has ever been paid to write for or manage it. Call it a “labor of love.”   Contrary to the perception of many who pitch the site when they initially reach out, this site is not a business. There is no staff, no “Women of HR Team.”  Right now it’s just me, in my spare time when I can find it.  Lately that hasn’t been very often.

But I’m back and hope to be posting more often again.  Of course, just when I made that commitment to myself, more things happened that are (deservedly) pulling my attention in another direction.  But again, that’s life, and distractions will always be there.  I’m still committing to doing my best.  Thank you all for your patience and for coming back.

The truth is, life is short and time is fleeting.  And I’m learning that it’s perfectly okay to take that break when you need it, to put things on the back burner for a while.  As long as you’ve established a solid base, they’ll still be there waiting for you when you return.

I encourage you….when life calls, answer it.  Attend to your priorities as they shift and change.  Go out and live.  Do what you need to do, even if that means needing a hiatus from something else in your life.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Life is short.  If you don’t live it while you can, someday you may only have regrets to look back on.


About the Author

Jennifer Payne

Jennifer Payne is a 20+ year human resources leader with a focus on researching, developing, and implementing talent management programs. She is a believer in lifelong learning and self-development who strives to stay current in HR trends, technology, best practices, and the future of work by sharing knowledge with and learning from HR colleagues and thought leaders across the country and throughout the world through writing, speaking, and involvement in various industry conferences and events.  She is one of the co-founders of Women of HR, and is currently the Editor of the site. You can connect with her on Twitter...

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