I'm Running Away!

I’m taking my first real vacation in almost 5 years.

Last year, I did a lot of traveling, but it was for work for Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective. While fun was definitely had, it was still work!

I’m very excited to be spending Thanksgiving with my sister, who does have to work. But don’t feel too bad for her, because she works on the Jewel of the Seas, A Royal Caribbean cruise liner, as a Broadcast Technician. She and I, as well as my aunt and uncle, will celebrate the holiday in Mexico.

For a long time, I had a fear of time off. In dance, theatre and Pilates, if you aren’t working, you aren’t making money. I thought time off was dangerous.

But, I have discovered a little downtime to be necessary. Even though I love all my jobs. Quiet time to oneself is good. Time away from a constant set of responsibilities and needs is good. Enjoying oneself is good, even if it doesn’t make any money. What’s the point of making money if you don’t do anything enjoyable with it?!

This vacation was strategically planned- after A Little Princess goes up, before the techs and runs for both Annie Get Your Gun and A Christmas Carol. It’s a recover and prepare trip.

I absolutely enjoy my work. All of my jobs. But, I am looking forward to 5 days away. And it will really be away, as I’m not activating my Global network option for only 5 days! Of course, I am a very goal-oriented person, so I do have plans for this vacation.

1. See Mayan ruins. This must be accomplished. I have never been to Mexico before, and we will go to Cozumel. I want to see some ruins.
2. Read “Apollo’s Angels”. I started this great ballet book a few months ago, but never finished it.
3. Be solidly off-book for “A Christmas Carol” when I return. That means a few hours, pool-side, learning lines.
4. Take naps. I’m coming back to tech for “ACC” and tech for “Annie Get Your Gun”. I must stock up on sleep.
5. Christmas shopping. With “ACC” on the horizon, if I don’t get my shopping done on vacation, it won’t be happening.
6. Reflect. This has been a crazy year. Job changes all over the place. I’ve never been busier or happier with my professional life. And I am truly thankful for that. It’s time to check that balance against my personal life. And to set new professional goals.

Happy Thanksgiving! See you in December!