A break. It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? A chance to stop, relax, and pull yourself together? A chance to take a deep breath and stop thinking? Breaks shouldn’t be a luxury – they are needed things for your sanity! And can’t we all use a little break? In fact, 8 in 10 people admit that they are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed.
Recently, Chobani released their #BreakYouMake campaign, encouraging us all to share about the #BreakYouMake. I adore this campaign. The idea is to carve out a little “you” time each day. Make yourself a break, so to speak. I try to do this every night after I put Ryan to bed. I sit down on the couch with my nightly something sweet and watch 30 minutes of mindless TV. That 30 minutes often can make or break my night and even the next morning. If I skip it, I can definitely feel it! Lately I’ve been digging yogurt with some fruit as my nightly snack, and I’ve also been really loving Chobani’s Flips – yogurt and a yummy topping you can add at your own pleasure, like Almond Coco Loco, a coconut greek yogurt with chocolate and almonds.
In honor of National #BreakYouMake Day this month, Chobani wants everyone to nominate someone who deserves a break. Someone who deserves a little more “me” time. Nominating just one person for this #BreakYouMake campaign was hard – so many people I know would qualify are truly in need of a break. But there was one person, as always, who shone in his need of a break.
My husband, Alex, is honestly the most hardworking person I have ever met. Up until very recently, through our entire relationship he worked Monday through Saturday, having only Sunday off. For the vast majority of our relationship, we were together for one day a week. As a diesel mechanic, he is constantly doing hard, heavy labor in everything from the blazing sun on the side of the road, to 5 below weather in a bay with open doors.
A few months ago he started a new job. It was a lot more pay, a better position, and the ability to finally be recognized for his expertise and hard work. The only problem is that it’s 3 hours away. Each Monday he wakes up at 3:30, kisses me good-bye and drives off to work. He works 14-16 hour days, checks into his hotel room, calls me, goes to sleep and then wakes up at 5 to do it all over again. On Friday nights, I keep our son up a little late so that he can see Alex when he homes home at 8:30 or 9 before he goes to bed.
When he comes home, he is faced with a long list of things. Errands we have to run together, home improvement projects we need to finish, family we need to see – all crammed into two days. We need to stuff everything he would do at home during the week into 48 small hours: dinners with parents, playing with Cooper, enjoying our son, allowing me some time to myself to get some things done, shopping, mowing the lawn, changing the oil on my car.. all while finding time to romance me and make me feel as loved as the day we got married. (Please note here, he does all of this willingly and without my asking. I truly married an amazing, selfless man.)
The man never stops. He never takes a minute for himself. Never just sits down and says, yeah, the next 30 minutes are about Alex. It’s all for me and our little family, all day, everyday. When I was pregnant with our son, we made the decision that I would stay home and raise Ryan while Alex supported us. It was at his insistence that I caved and accepted what I had really wanted in my heart, to be a stay-at-home mom. I thank him every single day for the sacrifices he willingly makes each day to allow me to stay home with our little boy.
The thing is, I can hear it in his voice everyday – how the commute, the long hours, the being away from his family are all taking their toll on him. He is exhausted, and stressed, and over worked. But all he wants to do is provide for his family, to make us as comfortable as he can, to give us everything we could ever want, so to him, none of the other stuff matters. Like I said, even when he comes home, he continues to work for his family, to do whatever he perceives us to need to make us minutely happier, even though him just being home with us is everything.
No one deserves a break more than this man. This hard working, non-stop, self-sacrificing, loving father and husband. A man who makes every being in our home light up when he walks in the door, a man who puts his family’s wants before his own each and every day.
So here’s to you, Alex. There is no one more deserving of a #BreakYouMake than you. And, if you don’t make one for yourself, I will make you take a break.
If you have a blog, Chobani wants YOU to write a post nominating someone for a #BreakYouMake. Don’t have a blog? Nominate someone in the comments or on your social media channels! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BreakYouMake to alert Chobani of your nomination!!
I’m linking up with the fabulous Amanda from Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud. Thanks for letting me wax (not so) poetically about the love of my life!
**I was not compensated in anyway for this post. I genuinely love the concept and wanted to share this campaign with all of you. I hope you love it just as much, and would love to see your nominations!