Unplugging and recharging

A few days ago I was asked by my editor to contribute to a special section on health and wellness that has to do with balancing life and family as a working professional.

I was happy to submit my own personal contribution.

The timing of the request was just about perfect because this week I am taking four days to unplug from just about everything.

On Thursday I will turn 44. Just looking at that number does not seem like it could possibly be true.

How the heck did that happen?

Typically I let my birthdays pass me by as just another day. I discourage my friends and family from making any sort of fuss and most comply.

It’s just another day for me that is filled with work, obligations, deadlines and chores.

This year I decided to change that and will be celebrating with the attainment of the coveted resource that tends to be the most elusive for me.

That would be time.

Time to relax. Time to get away from seeing the obligations all around that compel me to pass up sitting in that chair to unwind, picking up that book to read, or watching that show I enjoy.

For this short period, I’ll be taking time for myself instead of completing just one or two more chores or tasks for the comfort of my family or community before the day comes to a long and tiring close.

This birthday, I am taking four days’ worth of that precious time just for me.

I am going out of state to a place where I can wallow in several of the more enjoyable and relaxing pleasures that life has to offer.

So, here is to engaging in my own advice to unplug, recharge and keep that balance in life that is so important.

See you next week.

Editor’s note: Here’s some of the advice she gives in the Balance health section that will be published in next week’s paper:

“As a working professional, wife, mom and active community member, the ability to keep all things in a functional and working balance is, at times, its own kind of job,” Smidt said. “It is a job where your courage to say ‘yes’ is challenged by your ability to also say ‘no.’ It is a constant juggle of prioritizing items, most of which can change more than once on any given day.”

Smidt said she is fortunate to have a support team —her husband and her son.

“Without that support I would not be able to take on as much as I do,” she said. “On the flip side, I am respectful of the sacrifices that they sometimes need to make when my professional work and/or my volunteer efforts intrude into what should be traditional family time.”

Finding time for herself continues to be a struggle.

Colleen Smidt is a longtime resident of Bremerton and writes a weekly column on community and political issues that matter to residents of the Central Kitsap area. To reach her email


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