Bringing you a Bit of the Beach

By July 5, 2011Communications

If you can’t see the video above, go here.

I spent last week recharging my mental batteries on a beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I asked my network on Facebook whether they take all their vacation time or not — I was surprised at how divided you all were. Some said, “What’s vacation?” which was my state for many years. Others are committed to taking the time off, realizing that it’s part of their compensation, and that they are better contributors when refreshed and rested.

I’m much better about taking time off — possibly a result of realizing I’ll never be on my deathbed wishing I’d worked more — and do make sure I unplug now and again.

I shot a bit of video one morning when we had the beach mostly to ourselves. Anytime I need to revisit the vacation frame of mind I can watch a couple of minutes of waves rolling in and remember how having sand between my toes is the most relaxing feeling there is. I’m happy to share a bit of my vacation view with you, in case you need a break any time.


  • DrewLawrence says:

    I’m a huge believer of taking time off to recharge your batteries. I find that I think clearer, am able to work through problems that I’ve been wrestling with while in the office, and I am a lot more creative and come up with new ideas that energize me upon my return. I do not think we should live our lives saying ‘I’ll do it later’ because you might arrive at ‘later’ and realize that your time is gone. Thanks for the video, it reminded me that it’s about time for me to get away for a little bit to recharge!

  • Marijean says:

    @DrewLawrence You are the travel master — I can’t wait to find where you decide to go!

  • ginidietrich says:

    THANK YOU! I needed the beach!

  • Jen on the Edge says:

    We have gone through two periods of time during which we did not take vacations. Never again. Vacations are vital to one’s mental and physical health. It’s great to get away from it all.

    In general, my family has three vacations a year: spring break (we might or might not go away, but we are OFF that week), a summer vacation (we usually go away for 10 days or so), and Christmas break (we’re home for two weeks of wonderful down time). The spacing is such that we get some time off every four months, which is usually when we desperately need it.

  • DrewLawrence says:

    @Marijean @DrewLawrence Well, unfortunately JetBlue will not be offering AYCJ again this year, which is a huge bummer, as I’d been hoping for that and had a pretty sweet travel plan (Alaska and Columbia anyone?) – so I’m currently re-thinking the plans…. but the front runner is Sri Lanka in November!

  • BestRoofer says:

    Thanks I’m going to miss that this year. This is the first year in many that we are not going to make it to the Outer Banks. BOOOO!