The Working ‘Vacation’

I’m at a lovely 4-star resort and I’m writing. Yes, I could be getting a spa treatment or sitting by the pool (though it is a bit cold here by Palm Springs standards), but I’m working.

Why?

In short, I see this getaway as a forced evaluation of my business. That is, I don’t often have time to sit back, reflect and figure out where I’m going. This trip is actually a business trip for my husband; the wives come along to rest, relax and get reenergized. The job the guys do is hard, involves long hours and can tax even the strongest marriage.

I’m getting a break from the kids, the house and the usual endless parade of weekend activities, but not from work.

Why?

Because I’m doing what my husband’s company is doing. I’m rethinking where I’m going with my business, hatching a new mission statement and opening my mind to change. I realize that the way I’ve been working isn’t really working for me. It’s not brought me the desired results.

Oh, it works. Often, my personal business model works quite well. But as I get older, think about new priorities and goals and where I want to be, I have to consider if my current working model is getting me there. And frankly, it’s not.

That’s why I’m sitting in my beautiful room, sucking down water while chomping on almonds and tapping away on my laptop. Sometimes a break isn’t just about spa time or pool time or even movie time. Sometimes it’s about taking a moment to reflect, to revise and to come out on the other side ready to do battle once more.

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