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Spent the past week enjoying a fabulous staycation, hence the blog silence. It was an incredibly productive time:
Despite all the productive hustle and bustle, the most important part of this staycation wasn't all the things I accomplished, it was getting a little REST and REFLECTION time in.
For years I prided myself on the fact that I could survive on little sleep or downtime. For example, when I was a teacher, my vacation weeks were filled with conferences, designing new curriculum, researching relevant and engaging content, and catching up on all the administrative tasks which could endlessly fill my day. Even in my careers prior to teaching, I rarely took vacation time, striving to be an MVP wherever I was employed. I had a work ethic gosh darn-it - there was no time for rest!
And yet, I realize now that by not taking a break, I wasn't making myself a better employee, a balanced human being, nor a happier person. I was just setting myself for a burnout.
Flash forward to this past week - a beautiful summer week. (I realize that sentence may have all sorts of time passage conflicts...go with it people...) In January of this year, both the SigO and I had put in for our vacation time for the whole year to prevent us from NOT taking it. At that point in January, we had NOT made any plans to move across country, change jobs, change our lives. So now here we are getting ready for Stage 1 of our trip (me leaving in August) and the question arose: With all the "stuff" we had going on at work and home, do we still take our July vacation time?
Absolutely! As exciting of a moment in our lives as the "Great Migration" is, having some downtime was critical to staying happy and healthy amidst all the stress of moving. So in addition to being productive this week:
The best part about the staycation is I got to focus my energies in a direction that gave me JOY. I spent time enjoying my present - very Zen-like - and made positive progress toward the future I want. Feeling REJUVENATED, I'm looking forward to the next month before I move...So stay tuned! I hope you'll join me on my journey as I blog across country.
I would love to hear about positive moves you've made in your life. Feel free to share as I'll be listening...With smiles...
Samantha Eve, a