I’m leaving today at noon for my first real vacation in a long time. Don’t get me wrong. I got a lot of places. I usually go to a conference or on some kind of work trip. This week I’m going to lay on the beach and swim in the ocean and play with the kids and not really worry about too much going on up here. But for today I’ve complied a list of 10 reason why a person would want to take a vacation.
1. It’s fun. Seriously. I’m going to a place I’ve never been with people I love. There will be new things to see, pictures to take and fun to be had all around.
2. Sometimes you just get to a point where you need a break. I absolutely HATE the thought of missing out on a sale because I’m on vacation, but I also know that I will be able to give so much more to my clients once I get back and am well-rested.
3. To see new places. I’ve traveled over a lot of the country chaperoning mission trips and things. I absolutely love seeing parts of the country that I’ve never seen before. I’ve been on the upper-east coast when we did a trip in Virginia. This week we’re going down to the lower-east coast. I’ve been to the Gulf, but I haven’t been to the other side. I think next fall I’ll be headed out to the west coast.
4. I help take care of my sister’s dogs when she’s gone. I think this will be a good opportunity to cash in on her watching my house for me, getting my mail, etc. I probably enjoy calling in favors way too much.
5. This is a family trip. My uncle and his family go to Outer Banks every year. This year all of his siblings and some of their kids (like me) are going. I’ve got a box full of playing cards for the game room in the house and a few DVDs to play in our theater room.
6. To eat some good food. There isn’t much better than finding an awesome restaurant that you’ll never get to eat at again unless you go back to the same place. It’s also fun, though, when you hear someone going to the same vacation spot, to tell them that they have to try this place out. The seafood or whatever was awesome. I like giving recommendations. That’s why I write
7. So I can be more present. When you’re tired and burned out physically and mentally, it’s hard to be really be in the place where you’re at. I’m hoping this will definitely help with that.
8. To rest. Unless we have an early day trip planned, you can bet that I won’t be setting my alarm clock all week. And I’ll be taking naps. Take note, family. If I’m sleeping, please don’t wake me unless you’re ready to see morning Julie.
9. To remember how much I love home. I really do love this little town. Sometimes it’s pretty easy to forget how much or why, though. Time away always helps remind me. Especially the first night in my own bed. No offense, but I usually miss my bed the most.
10. To get empty. Jon Acuff once wrote about going on vacation and getting empty. (Sorry I couldn’t find the exact link) He wrote how he always used to go on vacation to come up with new ideas. He said he finally took the advice of his counselor and decided to go to vacation to “get empty” as he called it. No new ideas. No work. Just relax, enjoy and be present. That’s my plan. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but I’ve had a hard time writing these last couple months. My head just really hasn’t been in it. I’ve been tired mainly. Good stuff has happened. Good stuff is happening, and I want to be fully here with you to share it all, but it’s really hard when you’re tired.
So you may not hear from me much this next week. Some friends wrote next week’s posts, and they’re already queued up and ready to post, so I don’t have to worry about it at all. I guess what I’m learning is that sometimes you have to work harder and be a little more organized in order to be able to really and truly relax.
So that’s what I’ve done.
And that’s what I’m going to do.
I’ll see you in August, my friends!