Our summer break is coming upon us, and as people ask if I'm looking forward to it, I'm not sure how to answer. You see, as educators, we get 6 weeks off (our school is a modified traditional calendar) and the students get 7 weeks off.
Well, I'll have next week off, then I work 4/5 days of the next two weeks, then I work two days of each of the next two weeks, and then I have a week off. Does that sound like a summer break? I'm not so sure it does.
And while I want time to myself, I also want extra time with my son. So between all those days I work, I really have 10 days off spaced apart (not counting some family time we may be vacationing, because we'll all be together and I can't plan solo outings or son/mommy outings).
I love planning, and love to fill my calendar with the possibilities that can occur during downtime. But I also can tend to overplan, and then, at the end of a day off, I'm exhausted, and wishing I had taken time for myself, just to relax.
I question what is relaxing now in my life, having more responsibilities. It seems I save so many things to do for "the summer". In 10 days, I don't think they are all possible.
What is relaxation?
Is it a 10 minute nap during naptime?
Is it the time to blog or look at others' blogs?
Is it time to scrapbook (love it, but can do too much of it at once too)?
It is having coffee and a pastry with a friend at a coffeehouse? (That sounds so nice!)
Is it catching up with emails to friends?
Is it a nice hike?
What something you do to when you make time for yourself?