I NEED A VACATION FROM MY VACATION
I mean, we've all heard that expression, right? I first found out the truth of this saying when my kids were all under the age of 5 and we took them to the beach for a week. By the time we got home, I was totally exhausted and too tired to even empty the sand from our shoes (and everything else). I realized then that I definitely needed a vacation from my vacation.
As the kids got older, though, it was fun to introduce them to new things and to play games and get to know each one of them a little better outside of our normal routines...I started looking forward to vacations again, and now that they are all grown and I have two grand babies, I REALLY look forward to the time away with my sweet ones.
Fast forward to the last couple of weeks. We own a small condo at the shore - our 'little slice of heaven by the sea' as we like to refer to it. We spend a lot of time in our happy little place, and then we pack everything up that has collected and accumulated over the year and put it away to make room for our renters, who come to stay during the peak season. We pack it all up and head home for the hottest months of the year...yes, I know this doesn't make any sense :) BUT, we have the privilege of enjoying it most of the year. The work to get it ready though...is WORK. It's unbelievable how much STUFF we can bring with us during the year, forgetting that we have to pack it all up and remove it again for the rental season. It's like packing up an entire house and moving it, only to move it all back again 8 weeks later. Not complaining..NOT. COMPLAINING.
But it is definitely a lot of work to pack and clean so that people can enjoy it and never know that anyone else was there before them.
The crazy part of this story is that for some weird reason I thought it was a good idea to launch my new business before leaving for two weeks to have vacation AND pack up the house. Albeit it was a 'soft-launch', but a launch nonetheless, and I had several jobs from my first clients as a new business before we left. It was a scramble to get it all ready to put out there, I start to get into a rhythm, then...I left.
When I say that I was a little conflicted, I mean..more than a little. A new business is like a new baby. You carry and nurture that baby until it's time for it to be born, and then you put it out there for all the world to see...you beam with pride at the newborn, and then you realize with horror that you have to leave it behind for awhile. Not too practical, to be sure. But go we did, and gone I was. For two weeks. That's a LONG time to be away from a new business. Hence the title of this blog. By the time we enjoyed (and of course we did) our family vacation and then started the week long process of packing up, fixing up, and cleaning up our place, I was MORE than ready to get home and find a routine again. There is something to be said about routine and consistency..a schedule and some normalcy. I missed it and craved it even while enjoying myself.
So I'm back, and I'm settling into a welcome routine, little by little. My vacation from my vacation is just about over, and I'm firing up the sound equipment and hanging out my shingle. It's time to present this baby to the world.