You may recall from my last blog that I felt as though I was about to "hit a wall" because I was so overworked. I decided it was time to take a trip to the beach with my daughter, Summer, so that we could spend some quality time together ebfore she started school (first grade!). But, I must admit that, even with my "vacation responder" set up on my email, was still a bit challenging. I tried really hard to get everything to a stopping point before leaving ofr the beach, but it was simply impossible to cover everything. So, I decided that once I arrived at the beach, my “vacation time” was officially ON and I would respond to emails, text messages, and phone calls with the general message that I was on vacation and would respond to/handle any issues when I returned on Tuesday. Unfortunately, many (no, most) people are not used to 1) me taking time off and/or 2) me saying no. So, the vacation response sort of went over many people’s heads or they just simply thought it could not actually be true that I was on vacation. I received a number of phone calls and text messages from people who received the automated response from my email. Of course, just because I am on vacation doesn’t mean that everyone else is on vacation, so I also had to be considerate of that fact. For the most part, when I explained that I was on vacation and handling any work or email-related items until I returned, most people were understanding and gave me my space. There was on ly one situation in which it took me telling the person three times that I was on vacation before they took me seriously…and left me alone. I think there are 2 main reasons why it is so hard for me to really “go on vacation.” One is that it is hard for me to just sit around and do nothing. For example, while I am at the pool, I am using my time in the sun to read a magazine or a book. So, whenever there is a moment of down time, I am always looking for something to accomplish (because otherwise it would be wasted time). The other reason it is difficult for me is because I think I am scared that I am going to miss out on some opportunity to further the mission of DiabetesSisters. A magazine might contact me for a quote or an article or a funder might reach out to me, or something of that nature. Then, I would really feel guilty if I missed an important opportunity because I was on vacation! I guess I should just look at is from the perspective that if an opportunity arose during my time off, then it really wasn’t a opportunity that was meant to be for DiabetesSisters. Everything happens for a reason, right?