On taking a pause, and being honest with ourselves

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I have a huge amount of respect for people who know their limits. For those who recognize that sometimes taking a break is the most sensible way to go, no matter how much responsibility they feel towards their family, work, or friends. We all carry heavy loads at times, and I honestly believe that the world would be a better place if everyone felt that they have a right to say stop, please stop for a second.

This is, of course, a luxury. Not everyone has the support network or simply the choice to take a break when they need it (big or small). Frankly, there is little or no room in our society for stopping when we need to catch a breath. This is especially true at the workplace, where any sign of fatigue is simply interpreted as weakness.

And this is why I’d love to bring to your attention a blog post written by Dreena Burton, vegan cook author and super mama to three girls.

In “Pressing Pause,” Dreena says that she needs to slow down because she feels overwhelmed by her career and her motherlode. As has always been the case with her, her words were so candid and genuine that I really sympathized with her. Her call for a break seems very brave to me, and I think she’s teaching her children an invaluable lesson in self-respect. So, here’s to Dreena, for teaching us a little more than just cooking amazing food.

If you’d like to learn more about Dreena Burton, check out to her website, Plant-Powered Kitchen. And please get one of her cookbooks if you don’t have them yet. I own all of them! (The photo above is my variation on Dreena’s Super-charge-me cookies from her book Eat, Drink and be Vegan).

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2 thoughts on “On taking a pause, and being honest with ourselves

  1. Thanks for this post, I need this right now. I am in major need of a break, even if it’s for a few mins. You just reminded me to stop being always GO GO GO! with others and not taking the time to care for myself…

    Oh and I loooove Dreena! I have Let Them Eat Vegan 🙂 How does Eat, Drink and Be Vegan compare??

    • Thank you for your comment! I’m glad that you found my post relevant to your own situation. I LOVE Dreena’s last book, LTEV, but I would say that you need to have both 🙂 Most of my own cooking skills come from trying out recipes from EDBV, so I would totally recommend that you get a copy.

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