My last post, which was over a month ago now (yikes!), was just days after my last day at Counter Tools. I was lucky enough to take the month of September off to relax and recharge. This was incredibly important not only considering I was so burnt out, but also in order to mark the transition. I think that whenever you change jobs, you should do what you can to have a break–hopefully more than a weekend–in between wrapping up one and starting the next. (I’ve always thought that, even though I don’t think I’ve ever actually succeeded in doing it until now. …And I was right!)
So I wanted to share a bit about what I’ve been up to since becoming a free agent. In other words, this is my “What I did on my summer break” essay.
Years ago, I took a week off of work in order to catch up on life. I did a lot of that in September. I had medical appointments, meetings, set up my new professional bank accounts, and deep-cleaned the house. I also did some fun things like taking a watercolor class and traveling! I visited:
Western Carolina – My husband and I stayed in an amazing converted barn in Bat Cave (yep) and loved exploring Hendersonville and Black Mountain with our dog, Gloria (she was a good girl).
Western Carolina again – My running club, Bull City Beer Runners, has “Summer Camp” every September. This year, we stayed in a cluster of cabins at Pisgah View Ranch in Candler. We went for hikes, hung out at Sierra Nevada, and enjoyed some stargazing! Organizing Summer Camp is always a big undertaking, but it’s so fun and very rewarding for me to see everyone enjoy themselves so much.
Barcelona & Basque Country – This year’s family vacation was a big one! My husband and I went to Barcelona and road-tripped throughout Basque Country for about 10 days. The trip was incredible and I’ll be sure to do a write-up like my One Week in London post soon.
In conclusion, I had a great time in September. The weather was awesome and I spent a lot of time outside, seeing and doing new things, with creatures I like and love. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Now it’s back to reality and regularly-scheduled blog content. I’m looking forward to blogging at you.