Saturday, October 20, 2012

How To Take Some Much Needed Time Off

So, how do you take some much needed time off?
You just do. That's it. There is no magical formula. Just do it.

I don't think that there are too many of you reading this who wouldn't consider your lives to be busy. Sometimes, we end up doing too much, and we need to take a break. I have been writing on this blog for almost two years without a break, and yesterday, life handed me the much-needed rest that I need. The video card went up on our home computer. A simple fix, right? It probably is; however, I will not be making it any time soon. You see, I was already contemplating taking a break from all online activity for a few months. This fried video card just gave me the confirmation that I needed to make the decision.

My family is in the process of moving back to Maryland. That happens in several phases. Phase one happened this weekend when we moved into temporary housing. Phase two involves me completing renovations to our future home, which is five minutes away from our temporary home. Phase three involves moving into the future home and completely out of our other homes. Phase four involves minor cosmetic repairs and the selling of our old home in Gettysburg. Since I am doing the renovations, repairs, and heavy lifting by myself for the most part, I am taking a break from this blog for a while. Don't worry, I will be back on January 1st (if not sooner) of 2013. In the meantime, there will be a lot of traveling back and forth between all three of my homes, and I will be busy with my hammer and paint brush.

I will still be writing for the Blogger Idol competition for as long as I remain a contestant. I am please to be included in the Top 8. That means I will still be begging for your votes on Wednesdays and Thursdays via Facebook & Twitter. If you want to help me win (I could sure use that tablet since my computer is busted), be sure to follow me on one of those accounts.  That said, my Facebook and Twitter accounts will not be as active as they usually are since I will be too busy taking care of the needs of my family. I know you understand.

Lastly, I will be participating in this year's MOVEMBER campaign, and I will, again, add a widget to the sidebar for donations. There is still time to join our team of awesome dads and dad bloggers. Last year, we got some pretty awesome products from our sponsor and raised over $20,000 for prostate cancer research and men's health initiatives (search for "MOVEMBER" on the right side of the screen for related posts from last year).

If you need a Matt Daddy fix while I'm gone, you can read my guest post on Dad Blunders where I wrote a futuristic letter to my daughter as she is about to become a mom.

Until you hear from me again, be good to each other.

Matt Peregoy a.k.a The Real Matt Daddy


  1. Have a great productive time brother!

  2. Best of luck to you, Matt. We will miss you, but glad to hear that you are doing the right thing and putting your family first.
    Be sure to keep a notebook in your pocket for all of the great post ideas you get while you are on hiatus!

  3. Good luck to you Matt, you have a lot on your plate! I agree that it is hard to walk away, but you have to do what you have to do!

  4. Good stuff! After two and a half years of blogging without a break too, I feel your pain and will be doing the same starting next month. I'm on the verge of a major burn out and completely understand the need to take a little time off. I'm sure once you are recharged, your blog will be back better than ever! :)

  5. Family should always come first. No regrets in life when you have your priorities straight. Good luck on the move!

  6. Can't wait to catch up with you after life has settled back down and you're in your future home! Take care and get rest when you can. =)

  7. This blog speaks to me, The holiday season has been hectic for me because i am juggling three things, my job. My plans on making a memorable party for me and my friends on holidays and my home that is being renovated. I got help from my step-sister who offered to help me with my renovation. She got these great honey comb blinds in Perth that go great with my wallpaper. I really need to take a vacation after these are all finished. Wish me luck.



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