From July 16th until August 18th I was off on a bit of a ‘mental health break’ as I like to call it.
During that time I only was working for 2 of my 5 seasonal contracts – and it was awesome. I totally needed it – especially the break from my ‘big’ or ‘main’ contract.
Well, it’s been over for a week now and I’m really happy I had that time – it was awesome working only a couple hours a day, for 5 days a week rather than working the 6-10 hours a day I was working 7 days a week. Ahhh.
I really imagined I’d be lounging by the pool, reading books, seeing friends, golfing, taking the dogs for walks everyday and catching up on yard and house work… mostly that didn’t happen.
Why? We were gone to Quebec and PEI for 11 days. I was in Pennsylvania for 5 days (for a retreat for my ‘main’ contract, where we worked on the future of the business, ate and drank well) – so that really took up a good part of my break.
I did spend one week-end fully on the couch – officially doing nothing but reading, watching movies and playing video games – well, I felt like such a sloth I immediately went on a cleaning bender – which was a good thing.
I realized that one of the things that drive me nuts when I’m feeling overwhelmed by work stuffs is the condition of the house – so I attacked the kitchen cupboards inside and out, cleaned out the fridges, the bar, the disaster of a laundry closet, etc. There are still a few things I’d like to accomplish (clean out parts of the garden, the garage, and do a tiny bit of landscaping work in the backyard), but I feel so much better.
It’s a bit of a bonus for me that I am only working 3 contracts right now. One contract (which I’m not sure if is going to continue) is on hold until after Labour Day week-end (when his schedule returns to normal with his children back in school) and the other contract depends on the guy sending me pictures of what he’s working on, and he’s pretty much been working on only one huge industrial contract – not very good for social media – so that one’s on hold for maybe another month or two.
I learned a lot about myself on this little break – and I’m working on moving forward with work and life with better time management, organization and prioritization skills – all while living an awesome ‘offline’ life.
Which, indeed, is good.
Thanks for listening.
Ack – not much time to write… and a lack of ambition to boot.
I’m at a work retreat in Potter’s County Pennsylvania – otherwise known as the true ‘middle of nowhere’. Honest.
Very quiet, very peaceful. Here’s a pic -
Wow – what a great trip!
Here’s the scoop… we drove about 10 hours (horrendous Toronto morning traffic) and arrived at our hotel just outside old Quebec City. I have always wanted to go there and I wasn’t disappointed! It really did feel like a European city. I could believe how busy it was on a Wednesday night.
Who couldn’t resist this alley beckoning a thirsty tourist? Certainly not us!
Beers and cheers.
Friends met us in Charlottetown PEI on Thursday night and I had one of the best dinners ever! Awesome night…
This was our resort – the Links of Crowbush – on the central north shore of PEI. We had a fabulous suite that overlooked the grounds, the course and the ocean… ours was on the second floor, the last room on the far right… awesome!
The view from our room.
Of course the golf and scenery was fabulous!
Drive in! (terrible pic of me)
I may have been slightly intoxicated…
I’m going to post more about our vacation later… life is good!
My one ‘boss’ says something like, ‘if you want to see how productive you can be; book a vacation’. True dat.
It also goes with the idea of, ‘do all your working hours of the day have the same level of productivity?’ Hells no.
Preparing for a getaway makes me need a vacation even more!
- Arranging for garbage pick up and mail.
- Water plants
- Have someone water the garden
- Move flowers to my moms for her easy access to care for
- Have someone check on the pond
- 1.3 million work stuffs
- Dog stuff to MomG’s!
- Pack (prolly should do that!)
- Do I bother cleaning my nasty golf clubs? I should at least clean out my golf bag
- To the bank! Again!
- I need another golf shirt (dang, none fit since my recent weight gain!) arg!
The list at this point appears infinite – and I will be working for 2 clients while away – rats! (But at least they’re all set up until Saturday morning – yay!)
Better get to it! It’ll all be more than worth the effort – adventure! New things!
I better golf well…
Which isn’t a bad thing.
I don’t really dread Mondays like the rest of the world seems to. I look at it is a fresh start – I don’t want to sound like a giant cheeseball, but it’s true.
I usually have a meeting on Monday – at 10am – which generally is 5 hours into my day… and today’s is an online meeting because…
- One guy is in Pennsylvannia.
- One guy is near me in Windsor, Ontario
- There’s me… I’m at home.
- One guy is in Sau Paulo, Brazil.
- And the last guy is on vacation in Thailand and won’t be in on the meeting.
I don’t think this meeting will result in a lot of work for me – the Brazilian boys don’t yet know I’m ‘taking a month off’ from that contract (well, except the the work retreat and any prep involved beforehand – creating my agenda for the meetings), So that’s a big fat YAY!
Also today (or tomorrow) – hit the bank, (nice not having to buy US dollars for a vacation for once!), get new stickers for my license plate renewal, golf, random errands (neither of us have toothpaste!), etc… ah.
Life’s good – and this next month is going to be great!
I am one lucky girl, with a hard working husband.
It’s been a darned good year for us – lots of adventure, lots of travel and lots more upcoming fun.
We are now Browns season ticket holders (bought before Manziel was drafted… that had nothing to do with our decision). So that means a few Cleveland trips this year (the first being the home opener against the Saints. Woo hoo.
Very soon we’re travelling to PEI on a golf trip. I haven’t been to that area of Canada since I was about 7 or 8 (With my parents and one brother – it was a convention), we stayed at St. Andrew’s By the Sea in New Brunswick and ventured into Nova Scotia. I’ve never been to PEI and Billy has never been to that area at all. We’re going to stay the first night in Old Quebec City – it’s like North America’s only true European city – looks pretty cool. Oh, and we’re driving. Expected travel time is 20 hours – yikes!
I think the drive time would be significantly reduced if we could cut through Maine.
But that would require roads… which there aren’t any of.
Oh well, the point of driving is to see the area (plus it costs less to fly to Hawaii than to PEI, and they don’t have a lot of car rentals available).
I know the Canada US border is messed up in areas (like one tiny blip in BC – seen at 3.51 in this funny video discussing the US – Canada border), but it would make more sense to me that everything south of the St. Lawrence be US, and everything north, Canada. But whatevs. Not important.
PEI is known for being a) small b) the home of Anne of Green Gables (required reading for any girl under the age of 11 in Canada) c) a culinary/seafood tourism d) having red beaches and e) good golf.
In early August I’m also venturing to Pennsylvannia for a business planning retreat for my ‘main contract’. So let’s review my past and upcoming adventures…
Within about a year… I have (or will) have stayed in…. Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quebec, PEI, Tennessee, Florida, California, Hawaii and Nevada. I have also visited, New York, New Brunswick, Kentucky, Georgia and Utah.
Cool! Lucky LG.
It’s nearly the week-end… which generally doesn’t mean much to me as I always squeeze in some work, but… less work.
I recently (which does have something to do with this week-end) sent out 1 long slightly awkward email. It went… okay. I think everything will be fine.
I sent one short email, followed by a brief conversation, which went super well.
I had a meeting yesterday afternoon which (related to the 2 emails, but not the same person) which went exceedingly well.
I’m feeling better.
Here’s the thing… I need a break. I’ve been really busy with my one contract since about January and ‘doing the usual’ for my 4 others. I am social media-ed out. I’m becoming resentful of having to work 7 days a week (although Sundays is usually only a couple of hours… but occasionally 4 – 7 hours, and only 2 other days a week would be considered a ‘full day’). I’m ‘taking a break’ with 3 of my contracts for a month – one being my ‘big’ main contract.
The timing is good all around for all parties involved, and I’m looking forward to…
The Summer of Liz (well a month anyways). I have plans! Goals! And I hope to reach decisions on a few things that I’ve been ‘thinking’ about.
July 15th is the first day of the Summer of Liz, until then, there’s a lot to be done!