Hello, my name is Doug and I’m a workaholic. It’s been far too long since I just said “no.”

A reader correctly pointed out Saturday that the typos in Blue Ridge Muse are increasing. He’s right. It is, I fear, a byproduct of trying to do far too much in way little time.

As noted in an earlier post, I hit the wall this week, crashing and burning under a schedule that tried to cram too much into a day. It had to happen. Since relocating to the mountains, I’ve lost the ability to say “no” when someone asks me to take on a volunteer job, serve on a board or tackle a project.

Something had to give…and it did: My health. Now my wife, my doctor and just about everyone else I know is on my back, yapping about slowing down. They’re right of course and I took the first steps this week, stepping down as vice president for development for The Jacksonville Center, resigning from two other boards I serve on and taking a break from the daily column I’ve been writing for Capitol Hill Blue.

I need time to regroup and rethink my priorities. Then maybe, just maybe, I can get back to doing what I do best. Who knows? I might just be able to write a simple blog post without a bunch of misspelled words and misplaced punctuation.