Time to Get Away
Last week I took a mini-vacation to the beach (and when I say 'mini' I mean less than 48 hours). Even though it was less than two days, I saw the benefits of breaking away from my routine and getting away from work. I don't always make the initiative to make personal time for myself. I struggle with turning my brain off of "work mode" and putting it on "personal mode". I haven't said this out loud or even admitted it to myself until now, but I know I've become a work-a-holic.
Even though I love what I do, I know I'm missing out on important time on my own or with people I care about. I'm learning that my work greatly effects my personal life. I've replaced my friendships and relationships with work because work is where I feel comfortable and what I know I'm really good at. Work is where I feel safe and secure, and fully confident. However, I know that the more time I spend working, the less effort I put into relationships and the less I feel fulfilled. After all - we were created to live beside one another and fellowship with each other; to live as a community together. Sometimes too, it's important and necessary to take time to spend by yourself, to pray, to think, or to do something that fuels your soul and illuminates other passions.
I'm challenging myself to take more vacations (even 48 hour long ones), and to turn off my work brain when I get home. There's a reason why it's called work. It's supposed to be temporary. If we were supposed to be at work all the time then it would be called life. Unfortunately, my life is looking more like work. I'm challenging myself to explore new places, engage with people without time limitations, and spend time more creatively.
They say salt water heals everything. I think this 48 hour mini-vacation made some long-term life changes.