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Take a Vacation…It’s Really Okay! November 17, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example,Work at Home — Jennifer Gallaher - VAbyJen @ 4:31 pm

“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’


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