Music Mondays – Vacation

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Vacation

Vacation

All I ever wanted

Vacation

Had to get away

The song Vacation by the Go Gos has been playing on repeat in my head for about three weeks now. This summer I didn’t plan a formal vacation because I knew I would be busy with the launch of my new company, The Financial Gym; however, after working tirelessly on the company launch, with my current clients and new clients, on this blog and on the podcast, I feel like a vacation is all I want.

Working 24-7 not 9-5

My good friend John recently asked the question about the end of the 9 to 5 job and wondered about why people fantasize about the entrepreneurial lifestyle so much. As I commented on John’s site, my guess is that most people who fantasize or glamorize the entrepreneurial lifestyle are not actually entrepreneurs. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many wonderful benefits to being an entrepreneur, and a flexible work schedule is one of them. However, a big drawback of the lifestyle is that rather than working 9-5, you work 24-7.

I know people say all the time that you can eventually get your business to the point where you work 4-day work weeks or take more time off, but I truly can never imagine getting to that point unless I was completely retired. What entrepreneur starts a company and then feels comfortable when it plateaus? It seems counterintuitive to the entrepreneurial spirit. I can’t imagine ever taking my foot off the gas where it comes to my company because I think there will always be room for growth and improvement.

As a result of my drive to create a successful business, for the past two years, I typically work seven days a week and have a very difficult time shutting down completely from what I do. I have the #FOMO version of an entrepreneur where I feel if I shut myself off, I will miss an important business opportunity that is critical for my growth.

Most days I don’t even think about the fact that I work seven days a week because I’m working on something I’m passionate about and it’s true that when your work becomes your passion your work ceases to be work. I really enjoy everything that I do, but there do come times where the seven days and intense schedules start to wear on me. A few weeks ago, I started to feel the weight of my crazy schedule and decided that a vacation was in store for me.

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My Staycation/Workcation

What kind of vacation am I taking? I’m mostly taking a staycation/workcation. Over the next two weeks, I plan to unplug from a few areas of my work and slow down a little bit. Therefore, the next two weeks I will not have new content on this blog or on my podcast. As I even write these words I feel the #FOMO creeping in, but equally as strong is the desire to take a break, so I know I’m making the right decision.

With the space that the workcation is going to create, I plan to indulge in activities that will refuel my mind and soul. I plan to read some books that I haven’t focused on in a while. I plan to watch a marathon of girly movies like Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version), Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Dirty Dancing, Grease 2 and Pretty Woman. I plan to sleep as late as my body will let me and work out as much as possible. I’m not going far from my home, and I’m looking forward to it.

If you are feeling rundown like I am, don’t be afraid to take a vacation. Remember that it doesn’t have to be a vacation in the truest sense of the word; it could be a staycation or a workcation. Take a break from whatever it is that is bringing stress in your life and let the pause that you take give you the energy to move forward. I’m looking forward to this vacation and I plan to return full of energy and drive as we head into September. See you in a few weeks!

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Have you taken a vacation this summer? Have you ever taken a staycation? What do you like to do to just chill out?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Oh how I love this post. I have not taken a vacation and I could really use one. FinCon is my vacation this summer. I’m hoping that next summer I get to take more of a vacation but I’m so intense about putting extra money onto my student loans that I haven’t been able to travel much lately. Soon enough I hope!

  2. Enjoy some Me time Shannon! We did take a vacation this summer, a trip to the West Coast to visit family. Our first year paying off debt we took a staycation as well, staying local taking day trips to the beach and no cost things as a family. It’s important to unplug and recharge every so often.

  3. I hope you have an awesome staycation! That actually sounds really nice to me!
    I hear you on working 24/7. Even when I’m not “working,” I’m thinking about work and/or brainstorming something. It really never ends, but I suppose I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  4. That is one huge reason why I’ll probably never completely quit work as an optometrist. Besides the pay, I can usually leave it at the office. With online or freelance job, I do use just about every free hour thinking or doing something related to work. I can’t imagine how bad it would be if I did it full time. I hope you enjoy your staycation. I am terrible about using down time to relax at home, but I’ve never really tried that hard either.

  5. I always laugh when people say they want to freelance so they “have more time,” I hate to break it to ya…the good news is generally it’s work you like better, and you’re more motivated because it’s YOUR business on the line, but yes, even when you like what you do you need a break. And if a full on vacation isn’t in the cards, then taking a staycation is the next best thing…especially because it’s WAY more frugal! But I understand how hard it is to cut things off…I try that every weekend and I just can’t seem to not work on my blog.

  6. Good for you, Shannon! I always laugh when people think entrepreneurs have an easy life and only work a couple hours a day. 🙂 Enjoy your time off and don’t feel an ounce of guilt. We all need time to recharge and get away. I always found that I am better at everything for allowing myself to take a break. Have fun and we’ll see you when you get back!

  7. When we went to Vegas on our vacation I still responded to emails for YAM, reciprocated comments, and did a work call for my 9-5. One reason I am pretty happy with a 9-5 plus a side hustle is the fact that I don’t rely on either income 100%. I don’t feel the need to work 24/7 on my business because I don’t NEED the money. With that being said, there are trade-offs: I would be much more passionate about a business I owned than a 9-5 corporate job.

  8. Good! Enjoy the rest. Sometimes the staycation is good, but I always find that there’s a lot of scope creep. We recently went to Ithaca NY and the place had internet issues. Instead, we got to relax, read a ton, play outside, and just enjoy ourselves. It felt great!

  9. I have never/will never do 24-7 work. It’s not in me. The mind and body need time to rest/relax/recharge so that you can be effective at your work. Kuddos to you for feeling it and taking a break. Enjoy!

  10. No real vacation this summer, I’m afraid. But I count FinCon as a getaway. I have a blast. Plus I get to see my mom each year, and we always stay two or three extra days to decompress from the conference whirlwind and to just catch up.

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