V is for Vacation

work-at-homeNo on really takes a vacation anymore – at least not without a wireless connection. The self-employed are no exception.

I try to schedule projects around time off with my family but it’s not always possible. One of the tenets of working on your own is “take the work when it shows up.” And for me, invariably, it shows up right before our summer driving vacation.

Since I’m a marketing professional, I position this carefully to my family (“Watch mommy earn the money for our vacation even while we’re on it! Hurray!”) but in all honesty, there have been years I was relieved to have something to do on those long stretches across Nebraska or South Dakota.

I’ve written copy in the car (not while driving) and by the pool. In the hotel room while everyone else is at breakfast. Or at night after they’ve gone to sleep. In the better part of at least eight states. All without incident.

On our recent vacation to Mexico, however, I received a karmic gift – both of the projects I was completing ended the day before we left. Just like that! I turned off my phone, left the computer at home, and checked off the grid. For a whole week. Aah.

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11 thoughts on “V is for Vacation

  1. I would give my left arm to leave it all behind. I’m worrying now as I’ll be gone for 12 days at the end of May and no access. What about my blog and social media?!?!? Ack!

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  2. *Le sigh* vacations. You know, I read once that living everyday as if it were a vacation is the ultimate definition of professional success. I gotta say – this has been my mantra the past couple years. I hate taking vacations for the simple fact that once I return, it’s back to “real life”…but not necessarily “really living.” Call me naive but I think one day I’ll be able to wake up and say, “there is nothing else I’d rather be doing, nowhere else I’d rather be, than sitting right here, doing what I do.”

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    • I know exactly what you mean. I have had days where I woke up excited to start my day and it feels great. I wish it were every day, but I find that hard to hold on to.

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  4. The other problem with vacations: even if you unplug, everything piles up and waits for your return. Sometimes it gets bad enough that you wonder if the vacation was even worth it. For me, this is the best rationale for doing some work on vacation.

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