Greetings from Katepwa Lake Saskatchewan!
For the first time in 5 years, I am taking a summer vacation. And while it is cloudy and dreary here today,
we have a nice place to stay, a boat for when the sun does shine, a beach and a golf course that are each
walking distance away…even with this one day of rain, today will be a good day.
Clearly I have not done a good job of work-life balance. Ever since I embarked into the world of
entrepreneurship as my main occupation combined with my farming activities, vacation time in the
summer has been non-existent. I have never been big on vacations because as a kid we never really
went anywhere…no matter where we went dad had to get home every night! As an adult, I have found
an appreciation for vacations despite how one must work twice as hard the week before leaving so as to
be ready to go, and twice as hard again the week after returning to catch up on the work left behind
while away. It can be easy to think “Why bother?”
Sure, why bother? You begin your vacation beat-dog-tired because you’ve probably just completed a
busy season (likely fungicide) and then work like crazy to get everything in place so you can be away.
Then it’s time to pack; in some families, this can lead to divorce! Finally, you’re ready to leave…relief!
Except you now have __ hours of travel ahead of you. Oh the joy!
Between the traffic, the heat, the screaming kids, and your exhaustion, you’re having the time of your
The thoughts that we can allow ourselves to have as described above can be a great reason for those of
us who just love to work to simply not take a vacation. And whether or not you feel you need a vacation
yourself, you must to remember that it’s called “work-life balance” and that your work & your life are
about more than only you!
When is the last time you took a vacation? Were you really able to get away, or were you constantly
distracted by the goings on at home?
Do you recognize that you taking a vacation is as much, or more, about family time and reconnecting
with your spouse and kids than it is about time off work for you?
Is your work-life balance out of balance? As much as you think you can answer that question, get
feedback from your family to understand the true picture.
From the Home Quarter
Today is my daughter’s 3rd Birthday, and even though it’s raining today, we’re at the lake with family
joining us and it’s going to be a great day! The sun will shine tomorrow, and if it doesn’t, we’ll be ok. The
kids don’t care where we are (at least not at their current age) and my wife is happy to be away from
“home” and all reminders of regular life. I think about work now and then, but I’ve done a good job at
keeping the phone in my pocket. I could learn to enjoy this “vacation” thing. I think I might try it again
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