There’s a sacred proverb that goes, “When in life you bite off more than you can chew, Stop Chewing for a moment, and Walk around Naked in your living room.

Okay not really. I obviously just made that up!  And no, I don’t have an obsession with being naked even though I did write about it further when I encouraged you to enjoy the Zen of a Naked Midnight Jog. (Have you done yours yet?!)


I woke up this morning to Alanis Morissette’s You Learn (great song), automatically putting me in a good mood. And I decided I’d take the day off from being so GTD. Here’s why…

You see, there must be a balance between when you’re doing the A.) biting and chewing – also known as taking big leaps, working your ass off, and making things happen you never thought you could do before – and the B.) Walking Around Naked – also known as giving your mind and body a little break to change your Go-Go-Go state and just have some spontaneous, care-free, let –it-all-hangout fun.

Personally, I struggle so much with turning off the Go-Go-Go state of mind once I start chewing. Sleeping– forget about it! I’m too busy trying to organize ideas and take mental notes. Conversations – haha – don’t even try to talk to me if I’m working on my stuff. Social Life – sadly I’d rather stay at home and play around in the blogosphere than make it for happy hour. Food – I forget to eat unless someone puts a plate in front of me and reminds me!

Does this ever sound like you? If so – well, at least now we know we’re not alone!

This isn’t of course the best habit for us! So, let’s take a quick look at how we can balance this out a bit!


If you’re in the habit of biting off more than you can chew, then hell yea! Don’t stop believin’ baby.

But when it starts taking over your life a little too much, simply force yourself to allow a full day, or even just a few hours of turning off  your mind and doing something random.

For instance, lately I could sense I’d been chewing too much. My mind was becoming flooded with information and I was getting overwhelmed. So, I said F-it – I’m going to take the day off dammit. I spent the day by 1st jumping into a freezing cold pool to smack myself in the face (this was painful but refreshing!) then I had a couple of cold beers, then I went on a bike ride, followed by taking the dogs to the beach, and finally watched a mindless but cute chick flick.

Now I’m ready to start chewing again!

Some days you just need to turn your mind off for a little bit and enjoy some valuable wasted time.


If, on the other hand, you’ve been a little too lackadaisical with your big plans and big ideas, then get your ass in gear dammit!

When this happens your mind gets comfortable with not having to deal with challenges and testing itself.  It becomes like a pot head and it keeps telling you to just, “Chilllll out and relax man.”

So put on some clothes, stop letting your  mind smoke that ish, take a bite out of one of your big plans, and get to work baby!


And finally, as the song goes that helped to inspire this post, You Live and You Learn.  So, while you’re in the process of doing BIG things and biting off more than you can Chew or enjoying life’s spontaneous  and random moments while you walk around naked in your living room, do not forget to enjoy the ride as you’re on it!

You might also consider getting your heart trampled on and sticking your foot in your mouth. 😉 (song reference for those of you who didn’t grow up in the 90’s!)

What activities do you like to do to turn off your mind a bit?

What are you working on lately that’s biting off more than you can chew?

Is it just me, or is walking around naked in  your living room kind of refreshing?

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About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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