While I always delight in watching my kids and friends open gifts, the best thing about this season is the time we get to spend with one another.
My company has a paid shutdown from Christmas Eve to New Year’s. Tag on a few more vacation days and I am in utter bliss with two weeks off. Monday is going to be oh so hard!
The first few days of vacation were a whirlwind with last-minute holiday prep and a quick family vacation. There was then the massive cleanup efforts and organizing, but about a week in, I settled into a lovely lull.
I slept in.
I took a few yoga classes.
I enjoyed a massage.
We went to the park and movies and lounged around the house in our pajamas.
I did a little writing.
I chatted with friends, in-person (Gasp!).
I read a book and leisurely thumbed through magazines.
As a result, I feel lighter, happier, more rested. My head is clear. I feel creative, energized, more flexible (both physically and mentally.)
I came across a wonderful article the other day titled, Busy Isn’t Respectable Anymore. Amen to that! Don’t get me wrong – I am busy. With a full-time job and three young kids, it’s impossible not to be busy. But I don’t think being busy makes me special, or more important. If anything, being busy makes me want to find ways to become less busy. I’m always looking for ways to cut out the unnecessary, the inefficiencies, the crap.
Because really, what I crave is more time to do nothing. The sleep, the quiet, the unstructured family moments, the exercise, the mindless drifting – these are the things that fuel me to be more creative, more productive, more fun, more free, more loving.
I begrudgingly pulled out the family calendar this week to begin organizing for the routine and months that lie ahead. Does it look busy? Yes! But I’m hoping we can continue to find moments – big and small – to simply be and enjoy one another’s presence.
If all else fails, I’ll turn to the vacation bank. The reports and presentations and endless meetings will always be – but if I constantly plug through, my sanity may not!
Yes, time is always the greatest gift, and I feel so blessed to have found two uninterrupted weeks to close out 2013 and welcome the new year.
Happy 2014! I hope you too enjoyed some free time.