June 11, 2020

Taking some time off

We’ve been having a lot of conversations at work recently about people not taking their vacation days because they feel like there’s too much to do.

It’s clear that we all need to take some time off from time to time, even if we have no big plans for what to do when we do take that time. Taking some time to relax, reflect, and reinvigorate ourselves is exceedingly important in a world that constantly tells us that we’re not doing enough; taking a vacation is one way to carve out that time intentionally and with purpose.

If I were to take a vacation right now, I’d have no problems filling the time: with a baby on the way in just a few weeks, there’s an immense list of things we need to get done, and not enough time in my days to do it all. While I can’t take a long break from work (though I will be taking a few weeks off when our daughter arrives), I have decided that I can take a break from some other things that are occupying my time and can wait for a few months while I tend to other, more personal items of importance.

I won’t be online much for the next little while. You won’t see regular updates to this blog (or to my weekend reading newsletter) until the fall, and I won’t be on Twitter much or checking my RSS feeds, either.

If you email or text me, please know that while I’ve probably read your missive, I most likely won’t be replying for a few weeks or months. I haven’t written a letter in six weeks, and probably won’t be writing one for another few months, so if you’re one of my postal correspondents, I apologize for my long silence to come.

I’ll still be working and keeping on top of my non-profit and volunteer work as much as I can, but if I’m a bit slower than usual with those, I hope you can understand.

Essentially, I’m taking a vacation from the things that may bring me joy and connection, but that are feeling heavy and onerous for now while I prepare for big changes in my life. Vacations are important, no matter what they look like, and I thank you all for your patience and understanding as I take my much-needed time off.

Talk to you all soon, my friends.