It's been a crazy few months. I should even say: A crazy few years. I've been going full steam for a long time, and I rarely take more than a day or two off from writing, podcasting, blogging or teaching. I never really feel like I need to take a break because I love what I do so much that it never feels like work. Also, being a solo entrepreneur, I never really leave 'the office', it's in my pocket all the time, no matter which day of the week it is or where in the world I am.
I boarded my flight to Paris a week ago exactly and I haven't done any office work other than answering a few emails. I haven't written an article, a blog post or a book chapter in 7 full days. I didn't even work during the 8+ hour transatlantic flight! It's been 100% family fun and camera time.
Part of the reason why I have been more disconnected than usual is that sharing limited bandwidth with three others has been too frustrating to try to spend much time on the internet. Going for an extra walk on the beach with my camera or reading a book at night has been much more relaxing than trying to log on.
I just spent 3 days in Paris with my kids, we walked about 50k, stayed up late and enjoyed every minute of La Vie Parisienne. Now back at my family home in Normandy for the rest of my vacation, I look forward to more walks on the beach, family fun and camera time. Maybe I'll even do a drawing or two. The key is to try not to put any pressure on myself. Phone calls can wait, emails are not all urgent and I already put a few podcast recordings in the queue.
La vie est belle, profitons-en!