This is the first time in five years that I’ve taken a vacation for me.
I’ve taken time off to take kids to college, or go to a workshop, and husband and I have taken a few trips over the past few years. But this long ten day stretch has been selfishly taken for my own time to re-charge.
So many people asked me, where are you going? My answer was- no where. Blessedly no where.
Don’t get me wrong. I love planning trips to different places. I have a bucket list of places to visit before I’m too old to travel. And I love going on adventures with my spouse, but this year I knew that I needed some time alone. So what makes this such a wonderful vacation?
- The boss is also out of town. So no texts, emails, or worries about a laundry list of tasks waiting for me when I return.
- This is the first time I did not have to prep too far ahead to make sure big jobs were completed before I left. It causes tons of stress, but we hired someone to complete that job, so I don’t have to worry about it, and can actually unplug from work.
- My location- my apartment high in the sky is the perfect place to hang out. It’s small enough to feel like I’m somewhere else, and conveniently far enough away from the work environment. Bonus- the balcony that sits in the shade most of the day and has a beautiful view of the river.
- I’m mostly alone everyday for hours. It means no one is waiting for me to do anything for them. I can eat, walk, nap, read and do whatever I feel like doing without the usual worry about anyone else’s agenda.
- It’s quiet. And I’ve craved peace and quiet so I can think and even write again.
I realize when I return to work I need to carve out more time on my own to relax and re-charge regularly so I don’t burn out. I need to selfishly guard my time. A hard lesson to learn when you are a woman and you’ve spent most of your adult life giving selflessly to others.
How do you carve out time for yourself? I’d love to hear from you.