Need a Vacation? Take It!

We all need a little R&R, and that’s just what I did.

I was given the opportunity to go to Mexico for a week, and instead of saying no I said yes. The old me would have declined, saying I had too much to do.

What I have learned in the last couple of years is that time waits for no one. Don’t pass up opportunities, because they may never come around again.

Something I have also learned is to enjoy life to the fullest, as much as you can. I’m still working on that aspect some days, because I probably spend too much time in front of my computer. But living in Alberta the winters can be quite nasty, so there’s no reason not to get in the computer time.

I know once the weather warms up and my yard is no longer a mudhole, I’ll be outside most of the time. I’m anxious for warm spring days and warming soil so I can plant my garden.

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Now, back to Mexico. It was a great trip, although it was too hot for me. This body doesn’t do well in 35+ degrees Celsius. I’m grateful our hotel room had air conditioning.

We went on a few little excursions, with the highlights being (in my opinion) a trip down the mountain in a tuk-tuk to the bottom of a 200+ foot waterfall, and seeing a mama humback whale and her calf on our coastline excursion.

The bottom of the waterfall that can only be accessed in tuk-tuks, bikes, or on foot. No cars on those roads.

It was my first trip ever out of Canada, so was exciting and a little scary at the same time. Now that I have gone once, I think a winter vacation to other destinations may become a norm.

If you feel as if you have too much going on and can’t get away, remember this: the world will NOT fall apart if you take some you time. If you run a business, leave the duties in the capable hands of your staff.

If you don’t have any staff, then simply let clients know you’re taking some time to recharge. Automate what you can, and the rest will fall into place. You don’t have to be available 24/7, 365 days a year. That will lead to burnout, which can have serious long-term effects on your body and mental health.

My vacation time gave me time to think about my own way of doing things, and I came to a couple of realizations.

  1. Life is too short to not take time for your own happiness.
  2. Your business/job doesn’t control you.

More on what I figured out on my vacation in my next post.

The highlight when I got back: the arrival of my granddaughter less than a week after our return. I’m so glad she waited, especially since I had a message from my daughter while we were away that said “Don’t be alarmed but…”


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My Trip to Imaginairium

I hope everyone has had a good couple of weeks. I thought it was just a week ago that I last posted, and realized I haven’t written anything since the ninth. Shame on me!

I enjoyed my time at Imaginairium, and for those of you who follow my author Instagram, you will have seen my posts. For those of you who don’t, feel free to do so. I don’t post there daily, but I prefer quality over quantity.

We are getting a taste of winter today, complete with blowing snow. It doesn’t make me happy, because so many crops are still out in the field. It’s going to be a tough year for the farmers if they can’t get the harvesting done because of the weather. 

Now, let me backtrack a little and tell you a bit about my trip to Calgary for Wordfest’s Imaginairium. My drive down was mostly uneventful, aside from getting a rock in my windshield which has led to a crack at least twelve inches long, so far. (My glass guy says it’s not fixable, so I will wait and see what happens through the winter. If the crack obstructs my line of vision, I’ll be getting a new windshield sooner than I had anticipated.)

When I got to Calgary I was quite impressed with the fact I didn’t have to rely on my GPS to get to my home-away-from-home. I surprised myself on that one. It has been over a year since I was in Calgary, so I was afraid I wouldn’t remember where my turnoff was.

My first day of Imaginairium was a little stressful, and it started with the public transit driver not being very helpful. Thankfully I had my phone and I utilized my GPS to navigate where I needed to be once I got off the bus. I walked several blocks to the new Central Public Library downtown, and was quite overwhelmed by the sheer size of it. I’m sure our little library would have fit in the main entryway.

My first event was at Memorial Library, which is several blocks away. Even with all of the walking, I still managed to get into the event before my first scheduled one. I was quite pleased about that, because I was ready for a break. Having a pass for the entire week was beneficial.

A neat thing the organizers did this year was to have attendees collect beads from each event. Apparently it was the first year to try it, and I think it was well-received. I enjoyed being able to add a bead to my bracelet at the beginning of each event I attended. Each was different, and there was one special author bead in each bag. I didn’t get any of the special ones, but for those who did it would have been quite exciting.

For me the most memorable event was the one by author Michael Christie when he talked about his latest book Greenwood. It spans over four generations, and talks about trees, family roots and climate change. I have yet to read it, but have my very own autographed copy for when I am able to sit down with it. I briefly spoke with Michael while he was signing it for me, and he is a down-to-earth gentleman. I wish him all the best with his books.

In addition to me attending several of the events, I also took some time to go to Cross Iron Mills. I started at one end where I bought myself some new walking shoes, and ended at the other end where I spent well over an hour in the Indigo bookstore. I ended up leaving there with five books; one of them being the Writer’s Guide to Character Traits Second Edition. It will come in handy when I’m writing my stories.

I highly recommend attending an event such as Wordfest’s Imaginairium to writers and readers alike. For me it was a step outside of my comfort zone, but I am happy with my decision. Perhaps one day I will be in front of the room telling the audience about my books.

Photo Credit: Diane Ziomek
I took this after the event. Note the beads on the bracelet (his is the first from the left); I did add a few from additional events.

With all that being said, I’m gearing up for National Novel Writing Month, which begins November 1st. I have a basic plot figured out, but my characters will need to help me out with my story. It’s going to be a busy month with working, writing and getting ready for our local Christmas Extravaganza Craft Market.

Have a great week!

Diane

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