{When you’re feeling burned out} Restore

Admitting that you are burned out can be hard, but many of us face it, some of us on a yearly basis (or more). For me, burn out usually happens late February or early March (hey, that’s right now!) and then revisits in the late fall.  So what do you do with that?  I typically just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward as best I can, although I often find myself crying in the bathroom until it passes.  My friend Elizabeth Foss has battled burnout as well, and she has created a workshop to help those of us who are suffering, recover joy. I know it’s going to be good, because I’ve spent many an hour in discussion with Elizabeth.  As my friend, she has held my hand through some of my hardest times.  She’s one of those friends who always seems to know the right thing to say.  Her words have turned my panic into peace on more than one occasion.  It’s no small gift that Elizabeth has poured herself and her wisdom, the kind that has grown through life experience, into this workshop.


“The Restore Workshop is a six week online course geared towards adult women who have struggled or are struggling with or want to avoid burnout. It is for any woman who wants to nurture joy within her life and the lives of those around her.”

The workshop begins on March 16th and runs through April 26th. You can find more information on the Restore website.  Elizabeth answers questions here.  You can register here.  If you look closely at the image above, you’ll see my name listed under the Monday podcast portion.  Elizabeth and I will be discussing creativity and the use of this part of ourselves in battling burnout.  This is a topic she and I have discussed many times, but I’ll admit, I’m pretty nervous about recording our conversation.  I hope that by doing so, we’ll encourage others though, so I am going to give it my best.

Elizabeth is offering one Small Things reader a space in the workshop.  If you are interested in winning, just mention so in your comment.   Comments are closed and the winner is JennyAnn who commented,”What perfect timing this is.  Thank you for this!!”


A violin and two cents

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Keats’ enthusiasm for the violin hasn’t waned since he started playing about two and a half years ago.  He’s been ready for some time to move to a full sized violin, and yesterday was his big day.  It’s been quite a birthday month for Keats!  Last night Jonny and I were sitting in bed talking close to midnight when we heard Keats playing it just one more time before he went to sleep.

The original plan was for just Keats and me to travel to Richmond, meeting his violin instructor at the violin shop.  However, the entire family ended up riding along  because Jonny got permission for the boys to metal detect a very old property outside of Richmond.  Seth had his best day ever, finding an 1864 two cent piece among other things.

I’m often asked what kind of metal detector we recommend.  My boys have tried entry level models from four of the major metal detecting companies, and we prefer Garrett metal detectors.  The Garrett ACE 250 is a great place to start if you have an older child (10 and up?) interested in getting started.  Seth is now using a Garrett AT Pro, and that is what he used to find the treasures he is sharing here today.  I am a big fan of this hobby, because while it does mean that my boys often have muddy knees and dirt under their fingernails, they are getting outdoors and learning a bit of history in a fun hands on way.