Vacationer’s Remorse

Last week was our Spring Break so I took basically the whole week off. I even believe I set a record for time away from my laptop. That’s right, I didn’t even pack it. No laptop. For pretty much a week. And no one got hurt. Well except my mom, but she tends to do that on vacation and I wasn’t even in the room when it happened so you can’t blame me.

But before I left on my trip I had to turn down a project helping a client who was handling donations for the victims of the earthquake in Japan. And as I sit here trying to finish the laundry, get a handle on my inboxes and  figure out how to make do without a week’s worth of wages, I wonder if it was worth it. A whole week away from work. I missed out on an opportunity to help with a major disaster relief effort. And I won’t have any extra cash next month when it’s time to invoice folks. So, was it worth it in the end?

Well, of course, the answer is yes. I need to spend quality time with the kids. I need to take a break from work. I need to take time for myself and be silly and have fun.

But after everything is unpacked and you’re faced with the “Real World” again, it’s easy to start second guessing yourself. Maybe I should have taken the laptop and done some things after the kids went to bed or during our afternoon breaks? Maybe I should have taken less time off?

Me and my oldest. See how happy he is cause Momma isn't working?

Now, as I think back to my oldest looking at me as I was packing and saying, “No work while we’re down there, right, Mom?” and as I upload my pictures to Facebook and remember all the fun we had, I know I did the right thing.

Who’s ready to start planning a summer vacation?

So does anyone else have “Vacationer’s Remorse” when you get back from a trip? Or is a complete vacation unthinkable? Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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2 Responses to “Vacationer’s Remorse”

  1. Kim says on :

    I applaud you for taking an entire week off without your laptop or work! I am one of those that freaks out at the thought of that. Too scared I am going to miss a sales opportunity to help me get to quota, too afraid I will let someone down if I can’t get back to them fast enough. I guess, I am too much of a pleaser in some areas of my life. I am now feeling the effects of no time off and I am in need of a vacation NOW! :-)


  2. Kris says on :

    I’m like that too, Kim. I wasn’t completely disconnected as my Droid never left my side, so I was checking emails to make sure nothing crazy came up or that I didn’t miss anything big.