Make Time For A Little R&R

by admin on June 24, 2015

FotorCreatedBy: Dawn Workman Bounds – CSR, CLR

Has business been busy enough for you?  It certainly has been for me, and I am NOT complaining at all.  BUT I recently (within the last two weeks) took a well-deserved, much needed, and pretty long vacation with my family.   We hadn’t taken a family vacation for over a year, and I can’t say enough about the importance of reconnecting with the people I love.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to keep my sanity is to slow down and take time off once in a while, especially when I’m feeling too stressed or tired.  I don’t know if it’s my age or what, but I have to learn to completely unplug; and I’ve found that no amount of yoga is going to help me with being “present” with my husband and daughter.

The reporting industry…whether you’re court reporting, captioning, providing CART, working in production, scheduling, marketing, management…is so demanding.  I know I’m not telling you something you don’t already know, but sometimes it’s nice to hear it to confirm in your own mind that what you do for a living is so very important, mentally exhausting at times, invigorating, stressful, rewarding, physically demanding…and the list goes on.

For our vacation we went river rafting in Montana, hiked in Oregon, visited the Pacific Ocean and Crater Lake.  We had some fantastic food and drink (that I didn’t have to make myself, which was nice.)  We saw a lot of the beautiful Cascade Mountains, along with Mount Hood, which is a place I have visited many times during my life because my dad’s parents lived there.  This was a place I got to share with my husband and daughter who had never been there, so there’s another important connection!  We spent something like 40 hours in a car together and lived to tell the tale!

I still have goals I plan to reach in court reporting, but I also realize that my family…not to mention my sanity…have to come first.   I think I will be able to finally find a balance.   Life is such an incredible journey, and I’m going to sit back and enjoy it a little more often.

I ran across this quote and thought it was fitting:  “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…Including you,” by Anne Lamott.


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