Wow. I haven’t seen this side of seven am in sixteen, glorious days.
Yes, it’s true. For sixteen consecutive days, I either worked from home or took time off and pretty much ignored the outside world. And it was perfect. The ultimate in staycations.
Thank God hubby bought me a stack of new sweat pants for Christmas because my wardrobe pretty much consistent of those and pajamas. (Which, by the way, allow ample room for cake balls, sugar cookies, and holiday pies. Just sayin’.)
But now, here I am, back in the office—dress slacks and all—and I’m loathe to leave the peace of my time away behind. Ashamed as I am to admit it, I’ve already pulled up the calendar, researched what days the 2014 holidays fall on, and calculated I’ve got three hundred and forty-seven days to go. Sad right?
Well, maybe not.
There’s nothing to say I can’t tuck the lessons—or should I say reminders—given to me in the last two weeks in my back pocket to take with me in the year to come:
- If you’re going to sit down, do it with one or both of your kiddos tucked next to you. In a handful of years you won’t be able to talk them into it, so enjoy it now.
- Help your kids wrestle daddy more often. He might pretend to complain one woman and two girls stacked on his back are too heavy, but deep down, he’s a happy camper and knows he’s well loved.
- No, you don’t have to do everything in one day. You can spread your tasks out over a decent time period and no one will die from it. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re the only person who thinks anything has to be done right away. This includes cleaning the house.
- Step away from the computer. Yes, you absolutely must get your writing time in each day, but after that, turn that baby off and go watch a movie or find a spot to people watch. (Note: The iPad is excluded from this lesson since that’s where the books are located. 🙂 )
Seriously, the last several days have been a huge blessing. A much needed bout of decompression after a challenging 2013. But 2014 looks mighty bright on the horizon and its rays feel pretty good already. I’m glad I’m rested up and armed to face it.
What did you do over the holidays? Did you get time off? Have any fun or special stories to share? What are you looking forward to in the New Year?