“A vacation is having nothing to do, and all day to do it in.”
~Robert Orben, magician and comedy writer
A few weeks ago, I took some time off. My folks were coming into town for Halloween and they were only going to be in town for the weekend. I had to make a decision…should I take the whole time off and spend what time I had with my folks or work around my family’s schedule? I decided to actually take the whole time off.
To say I was a little apprehensive about actually taking the time off was an understatement. I didn’t want to get behind on my projects nor did I want to feel disconnected from my clients. However, I don’t get a lot of time with my folks, either. So, I made sure to give all my clients enough notice and then went incognito. YIKES! J It took every ounce of restraint I had, along with constant reminders from my hubby, to NOT answer any emails. I actually took it as far as not evening jumping on the computer at all. You know what? It was really nice! Not to mention peaceful. I survived!
I learned something during this time off, as well. Not only was I rested and clear-headed when I returned back to the office the following week, but I was able to give my family 100% of my attention. We did a lot of fun activities with the kids along with Trick or Treating. It was my son’s first time carving a pumpkin and I wouldn’t have been able to thoroughly enjoy that milestone if my mind was on a client’s pending project. I had great one-on-one talks with my mom and dad and we even had a big BBQ and Smoke Out to welcome them to our home.
The quote I found below so perfectly sums up my time off that I wanted to share it with all of you. I highly recommend taking some time off once in a while. I mean, no client emails, computer time or phone calls. Nothing. You need the chance to recharge. All of us do and we most certainly deserve it! Show yourself that you are important! I did and I’m much better off because if it.
“Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy.”
~Catherine Fenwick, motivational speaker and author of ‘Love and Laughter: A Healing Journey’