When everything is annoying

Five reasons to get away from it all

Any reason for a break is good enough. Let’s face it! But the BEST five I’ve discovered are …


In this crazy world of busy-ness, it’s so nice to STOP and take a breath! Last month, just before I went on my break, was one of the craziest I’ve had in a long time. Some ‘good crazy’, some not good. Hey, you say, what’s so different to anyone else?  Nothing really! Your life might be crazier or more ordered than mine. And that’s fine! Really! It’s just that I know I needed a break!

A change of scenery is refreshing
A change of scenery lifts the spirits.


Somewhere, a long time ago, someone said that if everyone or everything around you is annoying you, it’s not them or those things. It’s YOU! It’s showing you need a break! Well, guess what….

When everything is annoying
‘ I think she needs a break!’


I KNOW they are not meant to be caught! Honest! If I could have dropped them, ducked them, run away, or hidden I would have! But that’s life! And with a few serious hard pitches in my direction I reckoned fresh air in a different space was a darn good idea. So recently when  I headed ‘down south’, I was still in touch with all the balls I’d had to catch, but I got some head space and a fresh perspective.

Beachside Bunbury
A walk along the beach lifts my spirits


…in the best sense of the word! I booked and planned and looked forward to my Winter’s Writers’ Retreat months ago! Naturally, this was the ultimate, greatest reason to get away from it all! It meant I was focussed on my favourite thing to do. Write!

Busselton Jetty
I find taking time off and being a tourist in my own ‘backyard’ refreshing.


Whether it’s a retreat or a get-away, there’s new faces: Other writers on a retreat; the cashier in the newsagent where I found a crazy flamingo box for my granddaughter’s birthday dress (which I’ve yet to make) or the lovely dress shop lady I chatted with for a few minutes when visiting Margaret River…

… are all perfect reasons to …


gather new perspectives and

 come home refreshed!

Fresh as Daisy
Fresh as Daisy



Susan is a writer based in Perth's Darling Range, Western Australia. Her love for writing began as a child and is a life-long passion. Susan is also passionate about reading and attributes much of her learning to the wonderful world of literature. She enjoys photography and art and loves to write the occasional poem. She is often found indulging in a good cup of coffee and gazing over the hills from her backyard.

2 comments On Five reasons to get away from it all

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    Too true! Everyone needs a break sometime. It’s back to school today – and as school holidays aren’t really a ‘break’ for me unless we go away, my break starts now. I’m looking forward to getting back into my writing.
    Your writing retreat sounds fabulous, and much deserved. I couldn’t think of a happier way to spend a few days.

    • Susan Dunn

      I agree, Marie. School holidays are seldom a break with children under your feet! As a mother of two beautiful girls, and as a former teacher, I understand how many parents feel!
      All the best with refocusing your energies.

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