Skip to main content

Little doses

We all need a break every now and then. Actually, I'd rather take one now if I have the choice.

Fact is, vacations are essential to keeping your sanity, at least they are for me. When I was in college, I got really spoiled with three-week breaks for the holidays, a full week off for spring break, and an early summer release in May. (Gosh, I talk about college a lot? But I digress.)

When I jumped into the "real world," breaks became precious, like gold to me. I couldn't wait for no-paper holidays. It was like heaven.

I still remember being terrified to ask my publisher to give me time off for my wedding, which was just five months after I started working. In his very dry sense of humor, Chris simply replied, "We'll try to give you the Friday before and the Monday after."

I nodded by head in disbelief, but I couldn't argue. I would be lucky for any excused absence as a new employee, let alone several day for a honeymoon.

Five seconds later, he started laughing at me for actually believing him. Thank goodness! (For the record, he gave me eight days off. They were unpaid and I had to work ahead, but I still had a job when I returned from our honeymoon!)

Now that I have real, paid vacation time, I'm afraid to let it go. I'll take a day here and a day there, but never more than two in a row. I had a few "extra" days I thought about using in the fall/winter, but I can't bring myself to cash them in. What if we plan something for my birthday in March? What if I need a day off to work on the house? What if, what if, what if ...

At least I'm still taking "little doses" of vacation. Some time is better than none, right? And as I head into the busy season (Why hello, Williams County Fair!) at least I have something to look forward to in the end.

The cozy cabin in the woods already is calling my name. Here's hoping October comes sooner rather than later!


Popular posts from this blog

Mental Health: Think Before You Blame

Two words are getting tossed around like confetti right now, and I’d like to stop the “celebration.”

Mental health 
Two words I’ve used plenty of times. I’ve been quite open and honest about my mental health in recent years. After overcoming a lot of self-doubt, stigma and fear, and I finally sought treatment. First, for anxiety. Then for postpartum depression (and still anxiety).

I’ve been open about my mental health because I want to help erase the stigma of asking for help. Of just admitting you need help. I want people to know that it’s perfectly normal, and perfectly OK, if you’re not OK. Everyone has their struggles. To be imperfect is to be human. And we’re all in this together. I want to open doors of acceptance and help people understand they are not alone.

But lately, the conversations around mental health seem to be shutting doors and only adding to the stigma. “Mental health” is what a lot of people are blaming for violence. Online, people are saying our nation’s terribl…

It's Time to Do SOMETHING

Listen, I'm going to get political for a minute. If you don't like it, now's your time to run. Actually, now's your time to buck up and read this because you can't keep running from our country's problems just because you don't like conflict.

This week, after watching the horrific news of yet another mass shooting in our country, I was FED UP. I was no longer shocked by the news, I was just appalled - I couldn't believe we had let this happen again. Yes, WE. You and me. We did this.

Because by standing back and doing nothing about gun violence in America, we definitely aren't solving the problem. By ignoring the tough conversations with our family, friends and government officials, we are contributing to the deaths of more and more innocent people.

Personally, I'm DONE.

I don't know what the answer is, but I do know I'm tired of watching the news and thinking I can't do anything about it. I have a voice. And I am choosing to use it …

Paying for Pixie Dust: 7 Ways You Can Save Money if You Plan Ahead for Disney World

Here’s the thing: Disney World is NOT cheap. I will say that up front. There’s a reason my family can’t afford to go every single year (even though I want to!), and it’s not just the fact that we live a long, long way from Florida. 
There seems to be this misconception that you can find secret Disney “deals.” Not really. Disney does offer discount packages throughout the year, but the discounts just aren’t as good as they used to be. The U.S. economy is good and park attendance is up - they don’t need to entice travelers with deals!
If you’re interested in snagging a package, you need to understand that prices vary by what time of year you’re going to visit. For example, if you’re going at Christmas, you’re going to pay more than if you go in the middle of September. Even with a discount! If you still want to book a package, here’s a handy page of historical discounts and when they’ve been offered. Remember, Disney can change its promotions every year! But it’s a good reference poi…