Carolyn L. Braun (

Take a break … and create

There’s always plenty of work to do. I don’t have to plan to have enough work. What I need to plan is how to make sure that work doesn’t take most of my time. So, this year I am creating a plan that will give me more time to do the things I never make time to do.

Don’t misunderstand me, however. It’s not that I don’t like the work that I do. For some reason, my brain enjoys writing ordinances and land use plans and documents. Perhaps it is the writing part of it. If it becomes drudgery, I will stop doing it.

I’ve always had a creative side and have dabbled in numerous arts and crafts. I have many started … and some not finished… projects. But now it is time to start new projects, finish old projects, and use some of those craft supplies that are sitting there, waiting for me, begging me to pick them up.

I started my plan my eliminating some of my consulting work. I’m also not taking any new clients but will simply focus on long-standing clients.

I’ve also developed a system of rewarding myself. I work for a time or complete a work project – then I reward myself by taking some time to read, write, knit or create in other ways (painting, sewing, papercrafting, photography, etc.). During one of my reward periods, I drew a picture. It was not amazing, but it was not horrible. I haven’t drawn in many, many years, so I am very ‘rusty’ at it – but, nonetheless, it was rewarding.

To remind me of my plan, I’ve posted the graphic shown in this post – as a reminder to ‘take a break’ and create.

word cloud for 2017.jpg


Is there something fun that you’ve been wanting to do but you just never make the time? Now is a good time to start – leisure reading, writing (yes, you!), or making something. If you’re not crafty, you could visit or help someone – both of which bring joy to you and the other person(s). So, what’s your plan?

Thanks for reading! I hope you will return. 

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