Friday, September 7, 2012

5 Reasons I Am Taking a Break


It is so hard to quit something, even if only for a few months. But if there's something I hate, it's people who "break up" with you without telling you why, not that I'm breaking up with any of you. (Never!) But you know what I mean: the guy who went to the supermarket to get onions and never came back, etc. 

So, here are my top 5 reasons for taking a break from Bohemia Mia:

1. I have a new agent, and he is making my work overtime! Polishing my new novel, writing pieces for journals, restructuring a marketing plan, even redoing my writer's CV. (I am also on the final stages of a poetry book, and two short nonfiction books.)

2. I have new responsibilities at work. The digital department I head is growing in both audience and expectations, and I am excited about shaping that growth. (Plus, learning tons!)

3. I have embarked on a "live your best life" project to reshape my mother's life. She is 64 and feeling a bit "blah!" I am working on designing a new, sexy, healthy, exciting set of options (yoga, computer, languages, travel, redecorating) for this stage of her life.  (Teaching someone who did not grow up with computers how to download the photos your niece sends her can suck the living energy out of anyone. But if you developing more patience is one of your resolutions, go for it.)

4. I have realized that the only way I will lose these extra 15 pounds forever is by learning to cook healthy and designing my own long-term plan for diet and exercise.  And as if a sign from God, the doctor told my husband he has to change his diet to bring down high blood pressure and cholesterol. (Sigh!) So we will be working hard at making healthy tasty in my household and exercising daily and putting in the time that foregoing fast food will require.

5. There's a third novel already fluttering around in my brain, and I want to make sure I find the minutes to capture things when they come. I love blogging so much that I don't realize how much of one's creative juices go into crafting the best post one can. (Just now, I spent 15 minutes searching for a cute photo for this post, discarding cute photo after cute photo because wasn't cute enough, or was too cute. Like this one below. )

 I know I will be blogging again in the near future. (It is so much fun!!!) But feel that the beauty of it is being able to say something when one has something to say, and to take a break when you need to re-energize so you say things worth saying. 

To all who have read, followed, supported, commented, written about, and promoted this blog, thank you so much! I've loved having you along and thinking of you as I wrote and mused. You can always find me on Twitter and Facebook, and of course, by email: In the meantime, may health, love and creativity always be with you!


  1. Darn then it means you have to talk to me via phone!

  2. What an inspiration! Yes, sometimes one must step off the carousel and savor what the Italians call dolce far niente... it is sweet to do nothing.
    Anja, leave it you to make even this a sweet, gentle lesson...


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