Lessons learned during my winter vacation
Tomorrow I have to go back to work after more than a week off. Here’s what I’ve learned in the last 10 days:
- I would not hesitate for one nanosecond if I was told I could quit corporate life and still have a legal way to pay my bills and keep health insurance.
- I need a half a week to stop feeling like I have to be “productive”. Then, I need the other half to be a sloth before I can get motivated to go back to some balanced, semi-productive state.
- Pittsburgh in January is not a bad vacation spot when all you have to do is run errands now and then, and spend the rest of your time sitting on the sofa watching Vh1 and E! reality TV shows.
- There is such a thing as watching too many Vh1 and E! reality shows. Trust me. The fact I know the names of Snoop Dogg’s kids, The Girls Next Doors’ pets, I Love New York, and the majority of celebs Dr. Drew is treating on Celebrity Rehab is not something I’m proud of.
- My house becomes very clean and organized when I’m home. Sadly, this will last for only another 24 hours.
- When I’m at home all day, I don’t feel any more inspired to cook dinner than when I’m working.
- A week off did little for advancing my writing projects, partly due to recovering from my eye surgery, partly because I was just plain lazy. Although this morning I did tape an interview for/with a small local radio station that likes to profile area residents – a great opportunity and experience. We talked about writing, my Chicken Soup essay publication, and future writing plans…which won’t get very far if I don’t get crackin’ again. (I need to keep an eye on #1 up there!) Now I’m motivated — just in time to resume a 9 to 5 job. Maybe there’s truth in the old adage, “if you want something done, give it to a busy person.”
- I like not having to wear pantyhose every day.
- I like to spend money when I’m not working…
- …Which means I definitely need to go back to work.