One of the things that’s tough as a small business owner is getting away from work. Heck, even if you’re not ‘working’ you’re thinking about work and stressed about work or the lack thereof or any one of a million things. So it’s important to get away every now and then.
I know that a lot of my peers aren’t this lucky, but I have an employee that can handle a lot of stuff while I’m gone. We put that to the test this past week and a half as the family took an Alaskan cruise. Traveling can be stressful in its own right but I’ve discovered a couple of things about cruises: if you are hungry or bored you’re doing it intentionally.
Our cruise ports were Seattle, Ketchikan, fjording, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria and finally back to Seattle. We had three cameras, one video recorder and two iPhones. Without even looking at the video we have over 1500 pictures from 10 days. This does not include any that my brother-in-law and his family took. I think I might have to cull it down a bit to fit it on to the iMovie DVD tradition.
The weather was perfect the entire time. No rain at all – which had some of the Alaskan’s concerned (because the new Walmart had run out of hoses). I enjoyed Seattle far more than I expected. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was cool (the gift shop sucked). The Glass Museum in Tacoma was pretty cool as well though the real highlight was taking the bridge across the highway with all the Don Chiluhy samples.
Without a doubt the wildlife and scenery were the highlights of the Alaskan trip. I can honestly say, though, that I’m done with ‘pretty mountains with snow’ for a while. We saw a couple of glaciers but didn’t see any calving. Oh well, the bald Eagles, whales and the bear cub made up for it.
I’m writing this after a hectic day of catching up on emails that my employee couldn’t deal with and doing all the things to catch up on news in the tech world. It was a busy week with all of the Apple announcements. Being disconnected from the internet left me feeling ‘disconnected’ but that in itself is a very good thing because I needed it – it had been well over a year since I took any significant time off.
I feel refreshed (though tired) and ready to get back into multiple projects. My employee handled the minor situations that came up with absolutely no issues and now he’s ready to go on his vacation. It seems that there are a half-dozen projects that are very close to happening which means we’ll be crazy busy for a while. But that’s okay. Being disconnected for a while has restored my sense of balance. You should try it sometime.