I just took a month long vacation!

Ok, maybe that’s a stretch but I strategically took days off of work to make it feel like a month long vacation.  Of the 31 days between June 24th and July 24th, I only worked 15 days.  That means I was not at work for more than half the month. 

In the last month, I’ve made 2 trips to visit family in Southeastern Wisconsin (8 days), went camping at Willow River State Park (3 days), took a day trip along the Saint Croix and Mississippi rivers in Southeastern Minnesota and Southwestern Wisconsin to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary, and had a couple of other miscellaneous days off.

In a couple of ways, I preferred to have taken a few smaller trips over taking a week off all at once.  We got to go in a few different directions and have experiences in several different communities.  If we would have gone to one place, chances are pretty good that we would have run out of interesting things to do before our time was up.

I’m not saying I won’t go on longer trips again.  As a matter of fact, I’d like to take a week off of work sometime in the fall to do some more exploring.

What can you do to extend your time off?  Can you shorten your workweek?  Be a tourist in your own town?  Maybe all it takes is to go for a walk instead of sitting inside watching TV. 

You have 168 hours in a week.  You can choose how you spend them.  Be strategic about how you use your discretionary time you’ll wind up feeling more satisfied with your life!

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