August 5, 2020 by Lynn Faughey
Summer is slowly winding down and we’re still working from home and maintaining social distancing. At this point, we’re rolling with it – the masks, the 6-foot rule, take-out food and even following the arrows in the food store. As Rose and I have both mentioned in the past few newsletters, this is our new normal and it looks like it will continue to be for the foreseeable future. I’m thankful for my team and I are able to work from home and that we have the technology to communicate in real-time. This has been a learning and growing experience for us all.
Taking a vacation this summer has been a little different for many of us too. Travel plans have been altered, revised, or just plain canceled. My family decided to have a staycation this summer, opting for the comfort of our own home. I must say, while I did miss the opportunity to go and explore somewhere new, there was something nice about not having to deal with the hassle of packing, airports, traffic, and crowded tourist attractions. My son and his girlfriend came into town, which was an added bonus to just having time off.
For me, working from home makes it hard to shut it down and walk away, so I wasn’t sure how much time I’d spend working when I shouldn’t be. I put my out of office message on, but confess I did a couple of critical work tasks like approving payroll, mostly because I wanted people to get paid. I’m good like that! In the end, I actually surprised myself by spending the week at home doing a lot of other things that didn’t include work. It was great to attend to some long put-off projects around the house and a few other tasks. Mostly it was wonderful to just sit by the pool and relax, read, listen to music and have some fun cooking with the family. We did our best to support local businesses by getting a lot of take out and even supported local breweries with their takeout selections too. All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better staycation because of the time we got to spend as a family. So even though most of what we did was normal everyday stuff – now that they’re young adults with lives of their own, the time with our kids was priceless.
I’ve spoken with friends who have also opted to stay closer to home instead of traveling this summer and it’s amazing how many fun and creative ways they’ve spent their time. From renting kayaks at a local park to setting up a projector and having a movie night in the backyard – complete with popcorn and dollar store movie candy, they found ways to make the time special. One friend had each of her three kids choose the “activity of the day”. They enjoyed water balloon fights, pizza making, and biking on a local trail. Whether you decide on home projects, art projects, day trips, or just binge-watching the week away, the most important part of having time off is forgetting about work for a while. Take the time to relax and decompress, everyone needs to recharge their batteries sometimes. I know I feel more refreshed and productive when I come back from time off – which makes me look forward to not just getting back to work but planning my next vacation or even another staycation!
If you stayed home this summer as we did, I’d love to hear how you made the most of your summer staycation and any fun activities you and your family came up with. Drop me an email!