Why I Took A Break (And Why You Should Too)

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If you read my posts you know I’m always ranting about commitments and consistency. I believe wholeheartedly in those things.

My blog posts, without fail, go live every Wednesday morning at 7AM EST.

In fact, you might be sipping your cup of joe in your robe right now wondering what social media or content marketing lesson I have for you today.

Well … I don’t.


Life & Love

Instead, I have a lesson about life and love.

Yesterday my boyfriend of three years picked me up from the airport to drive me to the “country” (aka: sticks) in New Jersey where we’re house shopping.

I had just spent four, LONG days in Dallas with my girlfriends – some of whom I hadn’t seen in a couple of years!

We spent the majority of our time running from one event to another; eating and drinking way too much while playing catch up.

So I was shocked when “checking out” the beautiful lake by the mountain near our would-be home Alex proposed!

our engagement

Taking A Break

I already missed about three days of work, so returning today has been a little hectic. I faithfully went to my meetings. I checked on and returned important emails. But man, I just couldn’t get a blog post written.

I even have a few in the queue that are nearly done – you know, the “break in case of emergency” posts.

But after pecking on the keyboard for a bit nothing seemed to fit.

I was feeling pretty guilty … and then I realized …

Love Deserves Commitment, Too!

I need to allow myself to remember that getting engaged to the man who has supported me in every way, shape, and form for the past three years is a pretty big deal.

It deserves my time and attention just as much as content marketing, and social media. Even more so!

I hope you’ll forgive me for taking this break, but:

  • It’s much needed
  • Alex deserves it
  • I can’t think straight anyhow
  • I need to allow myself to let love and our partnership come first

You know, life shouldn’t just “get in the way” of something this special. THIS is life. My blog post is just that … a blog post.

We should allow ourselves to celebrate more.

I took a break. Now I invite you to take a break if the time is right. Hug your lover, play with your kids, throw the ball for your dog, go for a walk.

See you in the social sphere!


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Brooke B. Sellas is the in-the-trenches Founder & CEO of @HelloBSquared, an award-winning social media, advertising, and social media customer care agency. She's also the author of Conversations That Connect -- a book all about social listening and social media customer care. Brooke's marketing mantra is “Think Conversation, Not Campaign” so be sure to give her a shout on the socials!
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6 Comments. Leave new

  • First off, I’m so happy for both of you! Best wishes from the wife and I!! On top of that, this is still a post to learn from. My family is the reason I work so much, but I’m so guilty of neglecting them at times! My kiddo has been trying to get dad’s attention all morning…I’m gonna go play now. In the meantime, keep celebrating! You deserve it. 🙂

    • Thank you, Michael! I’m still waking up in the mornings and looking at my ring finger to make sure it’s real. I appreciate the well wishes, too!

      Just like you, I work a LOT. So does Alex. We’re so busy trying to make a life for ourselves that we forget to live! I’ll be the 1st to admit I feel guilty for taking a break – but why?! It’s silly. Life has to come first. It doesn’t mean I’ll miss commitments, but it means that I need to balance commitments between work and love/life/play.

      No is a powerful thing, and I’m learning to say it more often … I have a soon-to-be husband who will really appreciate that! 😉

  • Our business development associate has a sign in her office: Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

    And I’ve blogged about the need for unplugging, too 😉


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    Robin Strohmaier
    March 26, 2014 9:05 PM

    Congratulations, Brooke and Alex! I am so happy for you both! I just came off a few days of unplugging.. You are so right. We should take the time to celebrate those special days. Hope the house shopping went well, too. Love northwest NJ – in the sticks 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Robin!
      Unplugging has slowly become a priority, and with Jenn helping us out now it’s a reality most weeks for me. Which is SO SO nice (and helps me work harder/better during the week).

      I like the sticks, too! We have our eyes on a 6 acre farm with a stone house from the 1930s. Fingers crossed! There will be LOTS of relaxing and celebrating there!! 😀


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