That One Time When I Just Needed To Take A Break


“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.”


Great quote. Not sure of its origin, but I first came across it on Instagram.

To me, the quote is meaningful in several different ways. Fundamentally, it means that you have to be in control of your own life. You chart your own course and don’t stop until you reach your final destination.

It means that you’re the captain of your ship and sometimes you have to steer that ship through stormy seas until you complete your journey and are in a safe harbour. campingfeet2014You don’t let anyone or anything lead you off course.

To say I’ve been floundering the last two years or so would be an understatement. Late last summer, I landed an unexpected new position, Senior Communications Advisor for a really important person in the province of Ontario. This after producing and building the nightly lineup for Toronto’s award-winning newscast at Global Television. I spent a long weekend down south networking with top writing peeps from across the US and Canada, relaunched my blog, drafted the blueprint of my book.

I was on a roll.

And, I had a plan. Moving forward, I had focus, direction, achievable targets. These days, I’m sitting at the same fork in the journalist highway. Blinker left, blinker right. At times, both blinkers. A deer caught in the hazard lights.deer

I wasn’t holding my pen.

I didn’t loan my pen to a friend, didn’t leave my pen in the secret side-pocket when I changed purses for the season. Though I didn’t have my Papermate extra fine ballpoint chained to the counter like bank tellers do, I’m pretty sure no one walked off with my pen.

But, I digress. Enough with the pen in the physical sense. I was talking about taking control of my world.

It wasn’t that long ago I blogged about finding your passion. Well, today, I announce I have taken that leap (leave) of faith to do so. I’ve decided to single-handedly, and oh-so-thoughtfully calculate my next (career) move. I had been feeling as though the train was on the verge of derailing from its tracks. I had lost control of my path. It’s time to hit the pause button.

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design into the present.”

For now, I’m taking the time to breathe in that fresh air, smell the roses, and soak up this not-so-summer. (seriously, what is up with this Arctic freeze, Canada?) I’m weighing all the exciting future opportunities before me, spending loads of time with the little ones, and grabbing hold of my pen to document it all right here. The best is yet to come.


  1. Constance · August 14, 2014

    love this–“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.”

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  2. Lauren · August 14, 2014

    Sounds like a very exciting time in your life! I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for you!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. nicole · August 15, 2014

    taking time to breath is underrated! good for you!

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  4. Paulette · August 25, 2014

    Love your blog and thanks for the reminder that I hold the pen to my life story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sasha-Ann Simons · September 1, 2014

      Thank you so much for reading, Paulette!! Long time no see. Hope all is well 🙂


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