Last month you guys probably saw me talking about Alissa-cation and what I was doing for four blissful days. I am terrible about taking off time at work. Then suddenly it’s July and I’m like crap I need to take some time off. This whole thing actually happened because last year a vacation plan fell through and I ended-up doing a stay-cation. It was then that I decided Alissa-cation was an official thing and it was going to be annual.
Okay so that’s great, but what is that? I believe that taking time off makes you a better employee, girlfriend, dog mom, etc. Life stuff is SO easy to pile up and suddenly you feel SO behind. In fact, sometimes I feel like life stuff is more exhausting than work because there is just so much tedious little things that have to be done. I took this time to completely clear my calendar and think about what I TRULY wanted to work on for myself. This year I turned this time into a mini-creative retreat for the blog. I’ve been very frustrated that I haven’t been as consistent as I’ve wanted to be on the blog.
The first day I was just dealing with life stuff which IS EXHAUSTING! Can I get an amen? Someone on Twitter mentioned that life stuff is exhausting because we have to stand up for it and I 100% agree with them. One day of dealing with my own life I was like no thank you. Anyway, I also got to make a homemade dinner which I swear excites me more than a normal person because it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.
The second day was devoted entirely to writing posts that have been on my mind for months but I haven’t had the time to really say what I needed to. These posts, Life after College, Style When Your Size Isn’t Represented, Work Confidence and Traveling to Meet Strangers are all ones I’ve wanted to write for a while, but they were very personal. Writing from the heart is always worth it, but man, it takes TIME! I’ve been extremely unsatisfied lately when I read blogs because most people are not taking time to produce truly good content, they are pushing out things that can be scanned and inhaled on a phone. It’s never been my style to do that. I want to walk away satisfied and like I learned something from someone and feel like they are sharing their story.
Plus blogs don’t just take care of themselves! You have to do upkeep and I’ve been sorely lacking in that upkeep department.
Although this wasn’t my main intention, but going back to work on Monday after time off I feel refreshed! I love my job so much and I always want to think about ways to move forward. However, sometimes you just need a little time away to come back and rethink things. I really think that taking time off to do what you really, really want is so important! Not only for the obvious reasons, but it’s a mini-reset and who doesn’t want that?
Oh and also, I got to say stop, drop, collaborate in real life. I realize this makes me one of the cheesiest humans ever, but I am what I am. But whatever, it’s my Alissa-cation.