Take a Vacation. Not a Change of Scenery, a Vacation.

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I’m leaving for vacation with my family today. I thought about trying to post here throughout next week — I’ve often posted during a vacation — but I decided, no. Given the technology these days, it’s tempting to have a change of scenery and call it a vacation. But a vacation really means taking a break from work.

Now, I won’t completely take a break from work. My laptop is my beloved security blanket, and I would never leave it behind, and whenever I have my laptop, I usually end up writing something or other. I keep my one-sentence journal, I take notes constantly, I have to write down ideas or I forget them. But for me, that kind of work is actually play — I’ll do it if I feel like it, or not, if I don’t.

I always feel the tug of work, but I really want to spend this time concentrating on my family. The days are long, but the years are short.

Do you ever find it hard to disengage, to take a real vacation?

Now I’m off to pack. I’ll be back in a week.

* I love New York City, and I loved this eerie, beautiful short video that showed old New York.

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  • Pgspicegirl

    have fun with your family!!!!!!!!

  • rachel

    More power to you. I find it profoundly grounding to go off to an unfamiliar place for a week and disconnect from most of my usual roles and structures. It clears my head and reminds me of who I am in a very fundamental way– I get my sense of direction back again. I hope your vacation brings you the same satisfaction.

  • http://twitter.com/livingsavvy Jo Bassett

    I find it realtively easy to take a break or a vacation. Planning & preperation is required. Usually a conversation with myself – what is this break or vacation all about? There are times when I take my laptop (just in case) but find that as soon as I arrive at my destination the laptop goes into a cupboard until we are going home. Other times it is a welcome companion for me to write, collect thoughts or finish loose ends. I had a wonderful break a month ago when I took my children down to their grandparents – it was a working vacation for me …there were work projects that I wanted to do along with yoga class, gym sessions, runs along the beach it was lovely break with a bit of everything. This weekend we are heading away to the beach, computer will stay at home this time! Bring it on.

  • http://twitter.com/livingsavvy Jo Bassett

    I find it realtively easy to take a break or a vacation. Planning & preperation is required. Usually a conversation with myself – what is this break or vacation all about? There are times when I take my laptop (just in case) but find that as soon as I arrive at my destination the laptop goes into a cupboard until we are going home. Other times it is a welcome companion for me to write, collect thoughts or finish loose ends. I had wonderful break a month ago when I took my children down to their grandparents – it was a working vacation for me …there were work projects that I wanted to do along with yoga class, gym sessions, runs along the beach it was lovely break with a bit of everything. This weekend we are heading away to the beach, computer will stay at home this time! Bring it on.