At the AJC, my mentor and managing editor would remind me that I worked for a billion dollar company. They weren’t hurting when I took all of the PTO allotted to me. As a freelancer, it’s up to me to make sure I’m incorporating time off into my schedule and financial plan. In December, while work is slower, I plan to really map out OOO time for myself for 2021. I also have more than a week worth of time off scheduled between now and the New Year. I can’t wait to spend my downtime watching documentaries, critiquing true crime podcasts and attempting to put a dent in the stack of books on my nightstand.