I know, I know. Its not a “real” problem, but one of the perks of doing what I do is being able to make my schedule; or so I thought. The reality is quite different. I love my clients, and have a really hard time not taking a contract. I blessed to work in a field where I am growing professionally, and personally every day. The problem is that at the beginning of the year I mapped out a few conferences, and perhaps 2 vacations. All was fine and dandy until 2 nights ago when I sat down, looked at my schedule and started panicking.
Let me be clear, I’m not panicking because I’m working too much, but panicking because I’m under contract to work on some pretty awesome projects in the next 5 months, and vacations will get in the way of that. The thought of having to cancel some of those vacations makes me ill. Some of your might attest to the self-imposed pressure that you feel when you work for yourself. I’m not sleeping more than 5 hours a night, I have tons of grey hair, the messy bun is my hairstyle of choice, and I feel isolated since I work from different offices each week.
As you might remember, I love travelling. Travelling has a way or re-energizing my soul, and allowing me to tackle challenges with more vigor, and determination. I’m also a huge fan of wandering the world and getting lost by myself. It is the truly the best way of figuring out whats more important to you.
You know that saying; “where in the world are you today”? That is how my friends greet me.
As of right now, I’ve committed to:
- Secret girls trip to Puerto Rico in May. This is a mini conference, and I’m really looking forward to it.
- Blogher13. We’re going down with a few lovely ladies from Toronto and it will be magical.
- 3 Tech conferences that I need to attend.
- Possibly Fincon13
So I have 7 conferences lined up, all of which have some sort of work associated with it.
What I need is a proper girls getaway where I can lay on the beach and drink non-alcoholic drinks, and come back to reality 3 shades darker. I mean not all of us are lucky enough to be able to jump on a plane like Vanessa. Words can not express how jealous I am.
So the quest for the vacation spot begins. It must fit the following criteria:
- Somewhere I’ve never been to (Short list)
- Provide a relaxed atmosphere (cruise or a resort)
- Be budget friendly (because I’m a PF blogger after all)
- Have sun
Its not a huge list, but it is reasonable (I think).
Are you going yo any conference/ trips this year?