Today we’re wrapping up our second week back in the swing of things after what (for us) was a fairly epic vacation to Hawaii. And though work has been fairly hectic for both of us since returning, it’s also been pretty darned good as well. It’s that fact (even more than the brand new farmer’s market that has started a short walk from our house or the three otters – two pups and a mother – that crossed my path on a jog a couple of mornings ago*) that is truly making this a Happy Friday for me.
Like I was telling Mama and Papa PoP the other day, this vacation was different than any other vacation that I feel like I’ve been able to take in pretty much my entire career. At 2.5 weeks, it was officially the longest vacation** I’ve ever taken in my 33 years of life on this planet, unless returning to my parents’ house over the Christmas holidays in college counts as a vacation. On that count, my sister would heartily agree with me that it does not. =P
And I’ve got to say, those 2.5 weeks feel like they made a huge difference. Yes, our schedules were a little off on our return (a 6 hr time difference didn’t help there) and Mr PoP and I both spent at least a week battling germs we seemed to acquire on our return flight. But despite those factors, upon my return I’ve had more energy and enthusiasm at work than I’ve had in a while. Honestly, it feels pretty great not to have the words “too short” be at the tip of my tongue when asked how our vacation was.
These feelings probably stem from some combination of many factors:
- It probably wasn’t just the extra days (since Mr PoP added 7 to our original trip plan), or
- the chance those extra days provided to add an extra destination to our trip (I seriously LOVED Kauai!), nor was it likely only
- the six-hour time difference that meant I wasn’t overlapping schedules with many friends and coworkers for live communication, or just
- the fact that Sprint service (and thus my Ting phone) left something to be desired and so I had my phone in Airplane mode most of the time, or that
- we were able to see an amazing sunset (see below) and more stars than we’d ever seen before from the top of the world’s tallest mountain, or that
- most of our trip was totally unscheduled and unlike “real life” there were very few places that we had to be at a specific time.
- And, no doubt, starting the trip in what felt like a hiking paradise and then ending the trip by doing some paddleboard yoga (which I love but don’t get the chance to do all that often) the morning before our flight departed certainly started AND ended the trip on high notes.
Mr PoP and I have been trying to accomplish quite a bit since we got married nearly seven years ago. We’ve made what we think is some pretty amazing financial progress in that time, increasing our net worth by about a factor of 10. And we’ve tried to do it without feeling monetarily deprived or hindering relationships by coming off as cheap instead of generous. But there have definitely been instances when it felt as though time (a resource more precious than money) was in short supply in our lives. This vacation was a nice reminder to stop and smell the plumeria*** more often. Because doing so puts me in a better position to enjoy everything in life just a little bit more.
* And seriously, the farmer’s market AND the otter spotting both made me ridiculously happy!
** I’m defining vacation as going to a destination other than home for purposes of enjoyment, not work or school.
*** Neither Florida nor Hawaii seem to have much in the way of roses, but plumeria abound. =)
Have you ever been happily back at work after a vacation? What are you happy about this Friday?