the working holiday addiction

laptopat the beachIt’s a bit like multi-tasking.

I reckoned it was just the way I was wired and what I ‘needed’ to do.

Working holidays – kind of the same.

I just do one or two things during the time away – so, yes, I’d have to bring my computer and some materials but I wouldn’t work that much.

Who was I kidding?

I guess it’s a kind of obsession, an addiction really.

And I’m so done with it.

Reminds me of the addiction to exhaustion.

A few years ago, when my kids were little, I found myself constantly feeling tired and telling everyone I was tired

Then I realized that it was going beyond a statement; it was becoming an identity.

Like if I was really, really tired, that meant I was doing a great job. That meant I was important and my life had meaning. Actually it meant that I was a bit of a martyr too.

The tired, business mom who’s saving the world and killing herself doing so. Yep, that’s the image.

And you know, as an entrepreneurial mom, I found that there’s a kind of trading of this. Let’s figure out who’s the most tired, yep, she’s the most successful.

I HATE IT.

I think not only is it nonsense, it’s dangerous.

We should be sharing and nurturing and supporting each other – not competing over exhaustion status.

So, I gave it up. I stopped complaining that I was tired. That’s when I noticed that people (especially other mom’s) would tell me how tired I looked. As if it was a kind of acknowledgement – sweetie, you look so tired (translated: you’re working so hard, you’re so amazing, well done).
I’m done with that. I started resting when I was tired. Started asking for help when I needed it. Started pushing back on taking on too much. I’ve been a better business woman and a better mom for that.

And yet still the working vacation hung on.

I was convinced that a little bit of this and a little bit of that would be fine. I could still enjoy my family and time off, if I had a few ezines to write, a few promotions to send out, a few calls to take. I could do it in between trips to the museums and the beach.

Well, I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m heading out without the laptop. I’ll be a normal person; reading a novel on a flight, writing a journal not an article, long leisurely meals, not grabbed snacks.

Yes, I have lots of plans, lots going on and lots to do over the next few months – more than ever actually – but I’m going to take this time to recharge, relax and let go.

What’s stopping you from taking some time off?

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(and try to let go, okay? you deserve it)

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