After nine long months since our last proper break from work, we're finally on our annual holiday. It's good to take a really good, long break from everything and choose a system shut-down and reboot rather than a melt-down induced one.
Running your own business is rewarding, yes, but nothing ever really prepares you for the longevity of the bloody-hard-work stage, some ten years now. Surely things are supposed to settle down and run themselves? Apparently not. If you're in the same boat, you know how hard it can be to shut off. You need good staff who you can trust to keep things going while you're gone and a will of steel to enable you to put down your phone and switch off your email notifications. Even if you can manage that much, you can easily find yourself using those lazy hours to mentally plan your next business strategy rather than gazing distractedly at the view and deciding whether to have the carrot cake or shortbread slice with that luvly cuppa. Discipline in work and play!
Late summer is a fabulous time to be off. Kids are back at school and most people have already had their holiday and so the hoards are safely back at work. Tourist destinations are coming to the end of their season so it's quieter but not yet late enough to be disappointed by things closing down for the winter. This year, the temperatures are still pretty warm and the skies a clear blue. It reminds me of the summers of my youth, always warm and lasted forever. I don't think its the voice of nostalgia speaking, I genuinely think the seasons have been pretty messed up over the last fifteen to twenty years and we had very mild, very damp weather for so long, we've forgotten what it should be like.
With three weeks of relaxation ahead filled with pasties, scones and tea, I'm sure we'll find ourselves to be happier, calmer people heading into October.