The last time I took a considerable amount of time off from work, I went to my first book signing in Orlando. To say it was stressful is an understatement. When I got home, my sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew came to town. As much as I love my family, the stress was overwhelming and I kind of fell apart while they were here. I think over that span of nearly a week and a half, there was just too much chaos, and too many things that were unexpected and out of my control.
As an introvert and a highly sensitive person, that’s just not good for me.
I just got off work, and have five days off to look forward to. I should be stressing about my next book, Olivia, but I’ve given myself the rest of the year to *not* stress about that project. I’ve been putting so much pressure on myself that I’m losing my inspiration and the characters are keeping quiet. I miss Livvy and Jon.
To be honest, so many of my vacations over the past five years have not truly been vacations. I’ve taken off to write, or I’ve taken off to be with my sister’s family. I haven’t relaxed for an extended period of time in years. Literally, it’s been years.
I am so excited to have nothing on the agenda. I have decided to spend most of these five days with my parents. I haven’t been able to spend any time with them over the holidays in probably seven years. Normally, I’m working except for the one or two days the company gives us as paid holidays, and about half the time, my parents are in Virginia with my sis and her family.
My dad is very low-key, and spends a lot of time watching TV. He’s retired, so he’s allowed. My mom can be a little high-strung sometimes, but she’s mellowed over the past few years. I don’t like jamming my time off with errands or planned outings, and they seem to accept and embrace that.
So for the first time in many, many years, I’ll be relaxing and unwinding. I am looking forward to hours of TV time with my mom and dad, and moments sitting in their backyard, Texas weather permitting, with a Cinnful Apple cider. I can’t wait to have breakfast casserole on Christmas Eve, and to make chili with my parents over the holiday. I’m hoping it will be a no-pressure, calming vacation. Anything can happen, I know, but I just think this year’s going to be awesome. 🙂