She tells TV Guide magazine,
“I am so excited about this decision. It’s been on my mind for over a year. I am so grateful to Days for 20 years of steady employment… but I finally had to stop and ask myself, ‘What really makes me happy? What really brings me joy in life?’ And it’s not acting. I just don’t want to do this anymore.
“I was raised on a farm in Georgia and I want to get back to that silence, that solitude. I want to spend all day enjoying nature, experiencing God. Every so often production at Days will go dark for a couple of weeks and I feel relieved. I feel free. I’m like, ‘Wow, there’s a whole other world out there!’ Acting now feels like a chore and I need a break.
“I want to hike, read books, take yoga classes. And then I’ll think about what I want to do with my life. I would love to do charity work, especially something where I’m working with sick babies, holding them, just giving them love, helping them heal. That would be a dream. If something really, really great comes along acting-wise, maybe I would consider it. But I don’t think so.”