It’s to that point now where I wake up on a daily basis and say something like, “I’m so glad I don’t have to work today,” as we wait for hurricane season to clear us here in Alabama. We have been able to relax a little bit lately and actually went to the movie theater yesterday. It’s taken me this long to unwind and not feel like I have to rush around. I feel like I’ve hit a reset button, something most people hope to experience upon retirement. Back in Texas I was caught up in the rat race. Each day I was running between work, tons of volunteer activities and gyms. I wouldn’t take it back though!
Even though we’re stuck in Mobile and haven’t had lots of actual fun-fun, just taking the last 3 months off and doing something completely different from my daily routine has been incredible. Back home, yeah, I took a long weekends here and there and did go on a couple of really fantastic (not to mention expensive) vacations but never took this kind of time off. I always came back from vacations exhausted. Can you relate? You know, you try to squeeze in as many activities as possible until you’re just completely wiped out. Me personally, I was always so anxious about traveling but too wound up for the next day of sight-seeing that I never could get good rest when my head finally hit the pillow. I came back from vacation feeling like I needed a vacation from my vacation. How ridiculous.
One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself is to take off the last few months to make improvements on Pepper. I don’t mean to preach or tell you what to do here but please consider shaking things up at least once in your life. If it’s possible for you to take a few months off from work, I highly recommend it.
In girl language, working on Pepper has been like doing a master cleanse detox. I guess teachers would call it a sabbatical. It’s hard to explain how differently I feel after living here for the last 3 months. Boat or no boat this has been good for me. We’re just so blessed to have been given this opportunity.