Sometimes we all just need a break. For me, that time is now.

I know I just announced some new changes to the blog and built up all kinds of excitement, but sometimes in life, the unexpected happens and you just need to hit the pause button. Sometimes you need to take a break and focus on life outside of your computer screen.

Sometimes life screams at you gently reminds you to spend less time stressing about deadlines and emails and money and spend more time living. To spend more time with friends and family. More time reflecting. More time breathing.

Last week my uncle Dan lost his battle with cancer. He was a fighter who kept his wit, humor, and compassion until the very end. This past week has been one of tears and sadness over his death and love and laughter over his life. We ended the week with a “MAJOR party” (per his wishes) celebrating the incredible way he lived. Every single day he lived with optimism, joy, and humor.

As I listened to countless stories and looked through hundreds of photos, I was reminded by Dan to really enjoy life. We all struggle. We all have shit happen to us. But it’s how we respond to those hardships that will be remembered in the end.

So rather than giving you guys forced blog posts, where my exhaustion is evident, I’ve decided to take care of myself and I’m taking a break.

I’m getting out of town and going to focus on living. I’m going to lay in the sun, read books, hike, and make memories.

If there is one thing my uncle Dan taught me, it was to live.

So that’s what I’m going to do.

See you all in a week.

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