Lessons from My Glorious No-Distractions Week Off

Three weeks ago, I resigned from my job and gave my two weeks’ notice.  It was a tough decision…. lots of material for other posts later.  I did the math and realized I could afford to take a week off between jobs!  I highly recommend it.

It. Was. Glorious.

I got to be with the kids and do the things we wanted to do without anybody being sick.  First, we visited my parents 6 hours away for 4 whole days without feeling rushed to come home or be somewhere else.  There were moments when I just sat while my parents played with the kids and thought – “Hmm.  I feel like I should be doing something.  Don’t I have some obligation that needs me?  Nope, in fact, at this very moment, I do not.”  What a marvelous and rare feeling.

At my parent’s house, we all went to the zoo.  My dad took us girls to the movies.  My son got to fulfill his dream of riding the lawnmower tractor over and over.  They took rides on the golf cart.  My daughter did my mom’s hair and makeup.  We wrapped up in grandma’s quilts each night, and every day the kids had fun going through ‘grandma’s attic.’  I even found my old Rainbow Bright doll that my daughter has been dreaming about!  There was plenty of relaxed, unstructured time for invaluable grandparent-grandchildren bonding.  It’s the stuff great memories are made of.

At home, we cuddled unhurried in bed, said goodbye to daddy, then made breakfast together.  We stayed in our PJ’s all day – my daughter’s idea and apparently long-time weekday dream!  I got to be a part of things that are typically only reserved for weekends – like lunch and snack times, afternoon naps, and the endless progression of taking out toys, putting them back, and choosing a new one.  We played games, watched movies, and swung on the swing in the afternoon.  I had time to cook meals that took a while to prepare, and organize the playroom and donate and sell a car-load of stuff.  Yes, there were tantrums and sibling spats and normal stuff – but I felt connected, cleansed and content.

It was perhaps one of the best weeks of my life.

A Rare Weekday At-Home Non-Sick Nap

So it may surprise you when I say – I’m [mostly] glad it’s almost over.  A week felt like a good amount of time to still have the contented feeling without starting to feel….  well, short on cash!  I’m excited about my new job and I want to go back to work.

And you know what?  That connected/cleansed/content feeling….  it may have been more intense this week but it’s no stranger.  I think this week taught me reminded me to seek out and appreciate those things that help me feel connected/cleansed/content more often… those things that, for me, answer the question ‘How do you do it all?’  And here are my tops:

1) A supportive and helpful partner.

2) Time with my family with no distractions.

3) Time for me with no distractions.

4) Filtering out the noise and focusing on what really matters:  Love, honor, respect, and togetherness.

What helps you feel connected, cleansed and content – on working OR non-working days?

About the author

Mary Beth is married and works full-time in the public health arena. She has a daughter born in 2008 and a son born in 2010. She's only recently feeling settled as a sane(ish!) family with a nice(ish!) routine. She blogs at blooMBing and tweets as @blooMBing.

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  1. That sounds absolutely wonderful! And I know what you mean about it being the right length of time.

    I’m hoping to take a week off if I change jobs, but I’d spend the bulk of that time doing all of the housekeeping that I can’t get on top of regularly. But it would be worth it to have our house literally be in order!
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  2. Cheryl says:

    What a great week! At first I wondered how you managed to get a distraction-free week and being between jobs is a great answer. I would love to do that if I ever leave this job, but it’s been 7 years since my last switch and I’m not itching to move again. Glad you got some great times in and are excited about your new gig!
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