As someone who sets unrealistically high expectations for myself, I'm realizing something important:

It's OK to stop take a breath, even if that breath turns into a break.

Sure, I'm no published author (yet), but I do care about sharing stories and connecting with others through writing.

The thing is, I sometimes lack followthrough, so establishing a routine is important to me.

At the same time, I'm a pretty extreme person - I'm either hot or cold, happy or sad, super productive or super lazy. There's not a whole lot of gray area with me.

This is why I'm hard on myself. Otherwise, complacency creeps in.

Usually, I fight it tooth and nail. But you know what?

Today, I choose not to fight. 

Instead, I choose to invest my time in other ways - relaxing with people I care about, slowing down long enough to breathe, pausing to think ahead.

No matter who you are or what you do for a living, don't forget to pick and choose your battles. 

We all have the same amount of time each day. 

The hardest part is choosing when to fill it and when to not.