Off Duty.

Off Duty.

Dress, Boots: Forever 21, Jeans: Gap 1969 (DIY), Bag: Steve Madden

Photography by Christopher Cain


As the Queen of taking Personal Days, I can't speak enough on the importance taking time to yourself, or at the very least, taking a few minutes away from working to rejuvenate. Some days, I'm just not in the game, and I feel like there's no point in trying to be productive when I'm not in that mode.

Some days, the most I can do is get dressed, and pick a ramen restaurant to eat at. I know we live in a culture of overworking ourselves, where if you're not working you're lazy, unmotivated, or any number of things, but that's not always the case, and I constantly find that I have to adjust my expectations of what I'm capable of, to fit what works best for me. 

For a really long time, I was incapable of turning off, or relaxing, and I got really uncomfortable if I wasn't doing something "productive", until I realized that it was leading to severe burn out. I'm still not the best at unwinding, but I definitely make it a priority when I'm feeling overwhelmed—making time to rest has been critical, and learning not to feel bad about myself, or guilty when I can't be turned up to one-hundred 24/7 has been liberating. 

I read an article recently about how stress was the 'silent' killer, because we are always exposed to stressful conditions, and our bodies constantly respond to it. Taking that into consideration has changed my outlook on a lot of external stressors, nothing is ever more important than my health—there's no email, deadline, meeting or otherwise that is worth your sanity, and well-being.

So, here's to being 'off-duty' for days when you just can't, you deserve it.