Five Things I learned From Vacation

5E56A7C4-80C7-4203-8D16-5D2720C164DB.jpegFor Thanksgiving, originally my fiancé, Liam, and I were going to my mom’s condo in Florida, but then her husband got the flu. Since we didn’t want to expose the baby mom helped up find a new place to go. So my fiancé and I took Liam to Panama City beach for five days. We left Georgia on Wednesday and returned to Georgia on Sunday. While on vacation, I learned a few things about myself.
1) Relaxing without thinking or worrying about work isn’t as hard as I made it in the past.
Lately, I had been feeling burnt out at work. I felt like I was depleted and had nothing left in me to give. I failed to be able to relax because I would still be focused on work when I got home. During this vacation, I learned how to not think about work and enjoy my lazy time (if you call taking care of a baby and writing lazy time that is 😊).
2) Thanksgiving is what you make it.
I grew up with our thanksgiving celebration being a huge thing. This year it wasn’t much of anything at all. My fiancé and I took Liam to the pool for a little bit then we hung out in our hotel room for the day. He did go to the store and buy me the Nintendo switch for an early Christmas gift so we nerded out and played some video games the rest of the time we were on vacation. We ate chef Boyardee out of the can for Thanksgiving dinner with cream soda. That was it. That was our Thanksgiving, and it was perfect.
3) Once you get in the habit of getting up early, it doesn’t change during vacation.
I found myself away at 5 am every day during vacation. Since 5 is my usual time to get up for work, it makes sense. My body just wouldn’t let me sleep in which was disappointing in some ways. In other ways, it allowed me to get plenty of writing in and therefore, allowed me to reach my desired word count for the day (I aim to write at least 2,000 words a day. That number will be raising soon).
4) Don’t ever trust the IPhone GPS.
On the way to Florida, my gps took us the longest way possible and told us it was the fastest way. It was supposed to be a 5 and ½ hour drive. We left around 3 and didn’t get to the hotel until 11pm. We made only two stops. It became a 7-hour drive because of my gps.
5) Vacation isn’t cheap (the real lesson here is that it’s ok to enjoy life).
I spent way more money than I should have, but it’s ok. All the bills are paid, and I don’t regret spending the money. I’ll make more these next two weeks. The thing is: we only have one life. We might as well live to enjoy it which sometimes means spending more money than you usually spend. Everything in moderation. I don’t take a vacation all the time, so when I do I might as well spend the money and enjoy myself.

2 thoughts on “Five Things I learned From Vacation

  1. I love these Five things! My GPS decided to take me to the Northern most part of the Grand Canyon, when I live near the Southern part. We were too far in the journey, so I said screw it and kept driving (won’t do that again). GPS can sooooo suck,

    You are absolutely right that we only have one life and we should live it to the fullest. That is something that I am still working on soaking into my brain (HA)

    As always, great article!

    S.E.Isaac

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