Recharging around here is easy.

Nap, walk, eat.

Pick one or more; they all work equally well 🙂

I have not had a “real” vacation in over thirty years. The idea of taking an entire week off to do nothing — or worse, planned activities — gives me more stress than working through the whole year without a vacation. Instead, I take mini-vacations that look like goofy off to everyone else around me.

A twenty-minute nap, a cup of coffee on the deck, a walk in the park with the dogs, reading several chapters of a book, a trip to the grocery store for nothing I need, reading blogs, doodling in my journal, a trip to NYC under the guise of attending a conference or something randomly silly like this. Any and all work to “recharge.”

I’m not a big fan of running down the batteries and then recharging the way most Americans work, which is why I built a business out of not having to be anywhere specific for any particular reason. Moderation works in recharge mode as well.

This blog post is part of a blog-off series with a group of bloggers from different professions and world views, each exploring a theme from his/her world view. This was about answering the question, How do you relax and recharge? To explore how others handled the theme, check them out below. I will add links as they publish.

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I'm a dog who writes a blog. It is not a pet blog. It is a real blog that talks about real ideas. No, really. I do my own writing, but I have a really, really cool editor who overlooks the fact that I can't really hit the space-bar key cause I don't have thumbs. I talk about everything from politics to social issues to just rambling about local problems. And, sometimes I just talk about nothing in particular. Google+
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12 Responses to Recharging

  1. Joseph says:

    My brother is a lot like that. He finds it very difficult to just sit back and not do a damned thing. He’s a golfer and loves watching the game on TV. Only he can never bring himself to just sit and watch it. This year I scheduled my life so I could watch every minute of all four rounds of the Masters. My brother couldn’t do it! He kept thinking about what he had to do, so he ended up mowing the lawn and such. And watching an occasional snippet!

  2. James Dibben says:

    Your post is exactly why I am pushing so hard to get my own company up and running again.

    I hate being on someone else’s schedule!

  3. Nora DePalma says:

    That’s the way I roll. After 4 days of doing nothing, my head explodes and then someone has to clean up.

  4. If I accept your premise of what defines a mini-vacation my life is super sweet. I’m going to mini-vacation and mow the lawn and then mini-vacation in the bathroom while I cut my toenails. If I’m lucky, I might just squeeze in a mini-vacation and cook dinner for the family.

    Eventually, I’m going to maxi-vacation and look at something that I can’t walk to from my front door.


  5. Ana Manzo says:

    I can relate.
    Planned vacations are so tiring…

  6. I agree and echo the sentiment in my post about “vacations.” I’m more of a stay-cation gal.

  7. Rufus Dogg says:

    Over the years, I’ve found that not many people can sit in the same room and watch TV with me. I talk and talk and talk and talk…. Apparently TV is not supposed to be a two-way communication medium 🙂

  8. Rufus Dogg says:

    There are some days when I wish I was just told what to do and when to do it, but not many. Got to be careful, though… sometimes being on your own schedule really irritates people around you. I think they may be a bit jealous, but I think their lifestyle is a result of choices they made as well. But safest to never say that.

  9. Rufus Dogg says:

    4 days!!??!!??! Arghhh 2 hours and I’m restless.

  10. Rufus Dogg says:

    Never devalue that time alone in the bathroom! It is where I read your blog most days 🙂 And you probably didn’t need to know that….

    NYC in September when you get that urge. We’re planning a “summit” and you are welcome to join us. But you can’t call it a vacation.. It is a working summit *wink* *wink *nod* *nod*

  11. Rufus Dogg says:

    And stressful. I like more of a “going with the flow” type vacation, only planning as far as you can walk in a day. Of course that drives most people nuts.. I don’t know why.

  12. Rufus Dogg says:

    And tell people you are going on vacation so they don’t call you or worse, stop by. 🙂