“Vacations are necessities, not luxuries.”

It’s been quiet on the blog lately, and with good reason. Since the announcement of my job search only a few weeks ago, I have been lucky enough to have my inboxes flooded and Slack notifications pinging with requests for meetings, lunches, and phone calls. While this has been wonderful, I hadn’t really allowed myself the time to process things and really reflect on what I’d like to do/which direction I’d like to head once my journey here wraps up.

If you talk to anyone in my life, they can attest to the fact that I am a yuge promoter and champion of self care, in whatever form it best takes for you. For me, it comes in the form of bi-weekly therapy (yes–I believe in eradicating mental health stigmas–it is normal, not abnormal for healthy adults to go to therapy on a reasonably regular basis), early morning gym sessions, quality time with loved ones, and lots of time spent outdoors in nature. I’m not a big reader of self-help books, but even small articles/studies point to the fact that giving yourself down time is good for your brain. Although I agree, I admit that I am not always the best about this, and I am trying to get better. This past week, my boyfriend and I spent some time visiting family and friends in New England. We both made a pledge to attempt to unplug (very limited exposure to news, no e-mails, no Slack) and thanks to my incredible staff here at TIY Dallas, they stepped up and helped make this a reality for me. For the first time in years, I traveled out of the state without my laptop, and it felt pretty great. I had the chance to spend some quality time with Matt, peppered with visits along the coast to lovely places such as Bar Harbor, Walden Pond, Strawberry Banke, the RISD Museum, and more.

Scenic morning run on the farm.
The original site of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond.
The hills of Providence, RI.

Overall, I’m glad that I have friends and people in my life who remind me that although I love the work I do, it’s important to take a break every now and then, especially when things get stressful (which is when we’re the least likely to make time for those breaks). It helps your brain stew over all of those problems you’ve been trying to solve, and do some background work while you feed it new things and perspectives to consider without even really realizing it.

For the first time in ages, I’ve come back feeling recharged, refreshed and ready to tackle these remaining weeks that will lead me to my inevitable transition, whatever it may be.

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