Some people look forward to relaxing over Christmas break… that’s just not me! I like to stay active and be productive :)
Sea Island had other plans for me on the “productive” front though. Instead of reading in the library of The Cloister, I was on the tennis court for hours with my father crushing it! Instead of staying on top of work emails, I was instead on top of a horse (had to face the fear of animals some day) riding around the Georgia marshland with the boyfriend.
So as I’m now back to work (sniffle sniffle) and starting to go through my “Christmas to do list”, I’ve found 5 tasks I clearly failed to do this break:
1. Finish a book that’s been sitting on my bookshelf for over a year. Literally my father gave me The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for Christmas two year ago… there was a note in the front proving it. I read 60 pages on the plane ride down to Sea Island and didn’t pick it up again until my plane flight home. The nice flight attendant wasn’t shy pouring my wine on the way home though, so that was a win :)
2. Blog. As I mentioned, I had the best of intentions to blog while running around the most amazing place in the whole world (aka Sea Island), but it just didn’t happen. The only time I opened my computer was once to write this post and once to pay my credit card bill. Sadly bills don’t go away on vacation.
3. Clear out my work email (and reply to a few). In one hour I will receive about 15 emails… that can easily clutter my inbox after a few days of not keeping up with them. I was envisioning an afternoon by the fireplace with a cup of tea and my computer to go through them all. Instead I was out biking around the island with my mother picking out our future homes :)
4. Eat healthy. Pastries for breakfast, fried shrimp for lunch, and seafood for dinner. Now that is no where near eating healthy haha but every bite was delicious! Well worth the extra weight I brought back.
Note: My father’s hand diving into the mussels. He doesn’t know the rule about waiting for the blogger to take pictures before eating :)
5. Catch up on sleep. I get an average of about 6.5 to 7 hours of sleep per night during the week, so I was really looking forward to at least 8.5 or more during vacation. The beds at Sea Island are like a cloud! But between getting back from dinner at 10pm and waking up around 5:30am for coffee with my father, I failed on this front as well.
You’re probably thinking, what on earth did you accomplish then? Mega family time!
Note: this picture was taken at about 7am, so ignore our tired faces haha and clearly my family didn’t give me the “red” memo.
Now that I live states away from my family it was a treat to be with all of them for a week! Living far away can be hard sometimes so I was more than happy to put my to do list on the back burner and enjoy their company :)
Now… back to work now (sadly). Sipping some coffee to gain energy to tackle my day!
How was your Christmas vacation? Was yours more productive than mine or did you focus on family fun instead?