Vacation All I Ever Needed … And More.
by Kerry Rivera
A week ago, as I got into my trusty Prius for the long commute home, I gleefully called my husband to report I was officially on vacation. We launched into the Go Go’s Vacation All I Ever Wanted, and instantly I felt a weight lift from my shoulders.
For nine glorious days, there would be no horrendous commute, no ironing slacks, no rushed mornings, no meetings, no deadlines … and no Blackberry. Vacation All I Ever Wanted, indeed. But more than that, I knew I desperately needed a vacation.
You see … the month of July was awful, and by the first week of August, I could feel myself crumbling. There was simply too much to do and too little time. The hours, lack of recognition and avalanche of assignments were no match. I started to get crabby. I found myself frequently closing my office door. I felt like I was failing at everything … and the tears started to well in my eyes. Not good … especially in the male-dominated auto industry. I knew if I could just hold out for a few more days, I would get those nine glorious days … but then what?
Don’t get me wrong, as I sit here typing away on the eve of my return to the office, I feel relaxed and happy and refreshed. Still, tomorrow, I will return to the sea of red e-mails, deadlines, meetings and internal clients who will want to know when, when, when. My pulse starts to race just thinking about it.
To be honest, there is not much I can do to control the work. Perhaps delegate a little more and take on a little less. But if there is one thing I realized as I hit my breaking point in early August, it was this – I need to do a better job taking care of myself.
Vacations come and go, and while my nine glorious days off helped my sanity, I need to do more for me in the months between those delightful breaks.