Despite having posts appearing throughout the last week, I was on vacation in Michigan (I’ll probably post some photos next week!). Now we’ve dropped by some friends’ house on the way home and I’m checking my e-mail/blog and watching the Olympics. This last week has taught me a great deal about the importance of vacation.
While I’ve been working year-round for quite a while, this is the first year that I’ve worked full-time (with no school) all the way through. And even though I didn’t know it, my mind and body were ready to unplug and just take off. I set up the posts ahead of time and managed to spend less than 2 1/2 hours online in the entire vacation. Even tonight will bring it up to…maybe 3 hours?
Instead I’ve hung out with family (in-laws), taken walks, chatted with my step-grandmother-in-law about her novels’ successes, read purely for pleasure, quilted, spent time with Micah, swum in Lake Michigan . . . lots of simple things.
I realize that vacations are priceless, particularly for bloggers, I feel so much better emotionally and psychologically after not feeling pressure to keep up with the crazy pace of the web. I also think my vacation may shape my priorities over the coming year. Getting time off is important for regrouping and strategizing. Even if you can’t afford to go far, I strongly encourage unplugging for several days if you can just to get that breathing space.
Now I’m out of blog posts, but I hope to be caught up and posting regularly by Tuesday. The contest is still running, though if you subscribe you probably won’t see posts until Tues. Have a great weekend and be sure to give yourself a break!