But it seems a lot of people I know (in real life or the blogosphere) have had a rough couple of months.
It could be the ugly economy, unemployment or job insecurity/instability, money woes, relationship stress, family stress, an unseasonably cold summer …
Whatever it is behind this recent bout of S.A.D. people are experiencing, it’s not been the best of summers for many.
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite ways to recharge (if I can’t take an actual vacation) is to take a personal day.
A day to do whatever the heck I want, with no plans. Yup, you heard me right: the Queen of Plans loves a day with no plans. (Ok, ok, once in a blue moon).
Sometimes I like to take time off to just spend with my hubby, but sometimes I just need a “me” day.
I used to worry it was wasteful to take a day off that wasn’t dedicated to a trip or specific plans, but not anymore. (I have more vacation days than my hubby anyway ;))
So in honor of recharging, today, I’m taking a the afternoon off to spend with my girlfriends and our dear friend who recently moved to California and is back for a quick visit. Yea for girl-time!!
Depending on the weather, we’re either going to go to South Haven (a cute beach town on Lake Michigan) for lunch, walking and window-shopping, or if the weather sucks, we’ll stay in town do something girlie like get pedicures. I don’t care what we do; I just can’t wait for girl-time and time outside of the usual work day.
I think time off from work/the grind is so important, even if we love our jobs.
Since I’m not taking a big vacation this summer (Mexico in March was our biggie of the year) the best I can do is take little breaks when I can, and I have.
My next mini-break (unless I go home to N.J. at the beginning of August) will be toward the end of August when my best friend comes for a visit. We’ve been BFFs since our freshman year of college (12 years now!) and this will be her first time here, so I’m super-super-super-stoked to see her!!
Whenever I have something fun and exciting to look forward to — like a trip, or a visitor — it makes everything else seem a little rosier and a little less melodramatic. Do you feel that way too?
How about you? How has your summer been? Average, above average, less than stellar? What’s your favorite way to recharge? Have you taken a personal “me” day lately?