Monday, April 23, 2012
It's two days before I leave the office for a total of 11 days, but who is counting? I am headed to New Orleans to speak at LA SHRM and as soon as I say, "Thank you very much, " I am headed to the beach.
As you can see, I also have writers block, so I am rambling on about my vacation.
I have pre-vacation writers block. I usually come up with a topic in the shower, but all I can think about is my vacation list. Beach hats, suntan oil, romance novels and adult beverages.
I am very jealous of my fellow blogger, Chris Havrilla as she has a dozen or so topics floating around in her head...and I can't come up with one!
So, I am writing about unplugging and my need to unplug.
I am one of those annoying people that get out of bed and checks email, I get out of my car with my phone to my ear, and I am usually texting or tweeting while attending events. I am never not typing or talking. I believe it's an addiction. "Hello, my name is Cathy Missildine, and I can't unplug." "Hello, Cathy!"
So, I want to challenge myself AFTER the conference to UNPLUG. I mean totally. The problem is my electronics will be with me and that makes me nervous. Also, I want to be able to show everyone via pics how much fun I am having...right? I tell myself I have to have my phone, what if my son calls me? He is 19, not 2, he will be fine....I think.
My advice to everyone I know, is to get away from the office. You need a break from it all. I am wondering why I can't do that myself? It's not that I think the office will cave in without me as Barbara Hughes has that under control. Maybe, it's my own need to feel connected.
I can feel myself over the last few weeks being extremely burned out. I feel like my creative juices aren't flowing as they usually do. It's been a tough last few years both professionally and personally (notice the last name change, @cathymissildine). So, I believe a vacation is definitely what the Dr. has ordered.
So, now I am accountable to everyone...after Friday, no calls, no letters, no tweets, no Foursquare updates, no Facebook, no LinkedIn, no Pinterest, no Blog.
I feel like I am fixin' to break out in a cold sweat, just thinking about it...