Moar Vacation Please

by Ginger on November 20, 2012

in Downtime

One of the things that my trip to New Orleans brought into crystal clear focus is that I need more vacations.

Like, honest to goodness, no other agenda other than vacation vacations.

We don’t do those often. For financial reasons, for work reasons, for PTO reasons, for family reasons. It’s always a matter of doing some crazy math on how to split my limited PTO while still saving some reserves in case of illness, plus figuring out how to pay for it, how much to use to see family, what about the kid, blah blah blah.

And look, I know that this is something that is coming from a place of extreme privilege and this is such a first world problem. I get that.

But I also know that burning myself out on work, life, and various obligations and responsibilities takes its toll. I’ve been stunningly close to major burn out at work in particular, and taking those days for a pure vacation refreshed my work mojo more than I can say–since I’ve been back I’ve blazed through my to-do lists, coming up with ideas, handling challenges better than I have in months and months. The ability to truly step away from it all brought me back with a new level of…if not enthusiasm, then at least ability to manage it all.

I came back from my trip with a desire to figure out how to incorporate more breaks, more vacations, more travel into our lives. I’m slowly looking into our options–rewards points, airline miles, savings plans, comp time, etc. I don’t know where it will lead, but I really want 2013 to be the year that we figure out how to give ourselves a break, a moment to take a deep breath.

Hope November 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I hate how PTO always seems to mean less vacation time. :\

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