One of the hardest things about starting Baking for Good has been how difficult it is to take vacations. When it comes to weekends away and even long weekends away, I usually feel pretty blessed, because I can do most of my work from anywhere and don’t have to worry about my boss keeping me late on a Friday or calling me into the office on a Sunday. But when it comes to long vacations, really anything that involves more than one or two weekdays away, it’s tough for me to manage.
Vacations are especially on my mind right now because my boyfriend, a teacher, is on spring break. Last year at this time I worked up the courage to take ten days to travel with him to China — something of a “now or never!” trip, in part because we had a good friend living in Beijing — but in order to do so, I had to hire and train someone to take over for me in my absence. (And she was amazing, but it’s hard to afford to pay someone else AND pay myself…and travel to China, too.)
Earlier this year we had talked about going to Italy for spring break. I’ve never been and would love to go. I also have a zillion air miles and hotel points saved up from my consulting days, which would have made the trip easier to justify. But things kept getting scheduled: wedding favor orders, a speaking engagement, a meeting with Whole Foods. In the end, we decided to “staycation” and made a long list of things we wanted to do during the two weeks. We’re still working our way through the list, which includes eating at two new (for us) restaurants (Red Rooster last week and Ciano tomorrow), seeing The Artist and The Hunger Games, reading books (I’ve actually read a book in four days, which I don’t think I’ve done in at least as many years), going to museums, and cooking lunches and dinners.
While I’m still going into the bakery each morning and working several hours in the afternoon, I have a bit of a different mindset this week. I’m comfortable waking up at 7am instead of 5:30. I can take a midday break to read for an hour or go for a walk. In general, I’m planning my workdays around fun plans rather than the other way around. The best part is that I feel just as productive, if not more so.
Hopefully this mindset (and feeling of productivity and work/life balance) will last well beyond these two weeks. Happy spring, either way!