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Have you ever hit a breaking point in your overwhelm where your brain just forces you into a mandatory summer chill session?

Maybe it’s a summer thing…

I hit that point last week. I won’t even try to make it sound cute: I was a stressed out mess over everything from work to personal stuff, and no amount of list-making or staring at the computer screen was helping.

I thought I could hustle through it, but no. My brain was like, “That’s it, Mishka. Slow the eff down.”

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I fully admit that I may have too many projects going on right now. As basic as it sounds, I love doing stuff! Making things, going places, collaborating…

I mean, you guys know me.

But sometimes, a girl’s gotta grab a bottle of brut rosé—this one, in particular, is perfection, and I grabbed it while leaving Grand Central—and just recline in the grass.

So that’s exactly what I did.

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I ended up taking an entire day mid-week to slow down and defrag my brain.

(Remember manually defragging your PC? I used to love watching those little cubes get organized!)

I popped that bottle, sprawled out on the lawn and attempted to reach a place of relative zen. I still thought about projects (and I still took these photos—guilty), but once the tripod was shoved aside, I was able to chill out and just enjoy the day.

Aaah, what a feeling! Summer in the Hudson Valley has been amazing. Knowing that I’m returning to the city in August has helped me to appreciate it even more.

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And what’s a chill session without a chill uniform?

I’ve been repping DOPESINS this week in my favorite new muscle tank, which they printed just for me (but you can grab the t-shirt version here).

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In short, my afternoon lounging in the grass taught me a few things:

  • Lemon essential oil scares most bugs away
  • An overcast day is even better than the blinding sun
  • It is possible not to obsess over the projects
  • It is sad when you accidentally drink a tiny bug that’s landed in your drink
  • Trust no one 😉

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I hope you’re having the chillest summer ever—and yet, I hope you’re hustling and achieving your goals, too!

I think the key to being a creative person who seriously needs the occasional recharge is finding a balance between the two.

If you’ve cracked that code, drop me a comment. I wanna know.

Until next time…

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Michelle Christina Larsen (a.k.a. Mishka) founded heymishka.com in 2008, and has since documented her love of DIY, vintage, and creative living here. She curates and sells vintage fashion at Hey Mishka Vintage and runs the annual Sugar x Spice Holiday Makers Market in Brooklyn each holiday season. When she's not blogging, hunting for vintage, or doing DIY projects, Michelle Christina writes marketing copy for fashion brands and helps freelance writers grow their careers at Day Job Optional.