What is a reading vacation?
- Basically, everyone after I tell them we’re taking one.
And he just reads.
How great does that sound?
The whole goal is to open his mind up and challenge his perspective. So that he can focus on this goal entirely, he hires a caretaker to cook him two meals a day.
It’s all about the reading, no distractions.
Truly, I have never needed to decompress from real life more. I’ve felt burnt out for the past few months.
Dan and I didn’t take time off after hosting our own wedding at our house (definitely should have) and while we had always planned on doing a longer honeymoon after the fact, we had to cancel the short ski getaway we originally planned for after our original wedding date in the heat of COVID-19 shutdowns.
It’s been an incredibly stressful past few months and past year. I’ve felt like I’ve been operating past my capacity since my dad passed and have cancelled several trips that were supposed to help me decompress since then because of this pandemic.
If only my business systems and processes were a little more developed — I’d probably extend this trip until after the election. But I’ll take what I can get for now with hopes of doing this again in the near future!
At any rate, here are some of the things we’re planning for our trip:
Clearly, we’re going to deviate a little from the absolute focus on reading that Bill Gates demands during his version of the reading vacation.
But although we won’t have a caretaker making us meals, we’re planning a Costco run for some pre-made meals and snacks to cut down on the time we normally spend on food prep so we can have more time to enjoy being away from work and technology.
I’m not planning on bringing my computer and limiting my phone use to 15 minutes per day or less. Neither of our Airbnbs have wifi. :)
And I absolutely cannot wait.
I’ll tell you all about how it went in my next newsletter.
Maddy Osman, The Blogsmith
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