See you in September…

I suppose I’m a bit late writing this, since it’s been about three weeks since my last post. But my alternating half-cation throughout August (away with a few meetings/back at work/away with a few meetings/back at work, etc.) has left me trying to catch my breath at the office and at home. It reminds me of my old friend, comic Lou Dinos’, routine about a greasy spoon: I’m not sure if I should ‘stay or go…’

And, while I have a number of half-started posts and, of course, a case of blogger’s guilt – so much to say, so little time to rewrite – I’m heading out again tomorrow and I won’t be back to the blog for at least another week.

That said, it’s been fun experimenting with cut-up holidays. I feel both refreshed and exhausted (but almost completely in the loop). I’ll probably keep it up but with more consecutive time away next year.

So, as they used to say in the teen movies, see you in September (sealed with a tweet)…

All play and no work…

I was sitting in a Starbucks on a Friday morning (not something I often do). But this was the first day of my holidays, or really the pilot for the first day (today was filled with errands).

And I was thinking about my vacation and the fact that when we’re away, we’re supposed to switch off and recharge. That’s a good thing. We get to take a break, watch, listen and learn, spend time with family and friends, chat with strangers and generally view things from a different vantage point.

And come back refreshed.

A lot of people say we should unplug completely. And that’s fine if you want it. But I don’t feel it’s right for me.

In fact, vacation has its roots in the Latin word meaning ‘freedom from something’.

So this year, I’m looking for freedom from… the recession; stress; people who are too hung up in the way things were to see that the world has changed; stuff that makes my blood boil; obligations I have to do (but don’t necessarily want to).

But not freedom from things I like.

So I won’t be on my laptop or BB eight hours a day putting out fires or answering emails.

But you will probably find me on Twitter. And I will be reading and occasionally commenting on blogs. I may even write a post or two (though the jury’s still out on that one).

Maybe it’s because social media blurs the lines between professional and personal; work and play; business and fun.

It’s a holiday; when better to be social?