As a person who works a full time job, 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, vacations come about rarely and are cherished. I was lucky enough to take two week-long trips away this year, but the most miraculous thing is that I have enough time off left that I will be able to give myself a Christmas vacation this year! I’m very excited about this and I sort of feel like a kid again, planning all sorts of goals for the week I’ll have off. The biggest thing I need to do is relax, because I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off way too often recently. But at the same time, I want to be productive and set myself up for a good start to the new year.
First off, and somewhat on the “boring” side of the things I’m planning, is that I want to clean and organize the apartment. I want to thoroughly clean out the fridge and reorganize the cabinets and things like that, getting rid of as much old/expired stuff as possible.
To help in the relaxing department, I’m going to try to get in some good quality reading time. I have a whole pile of books I’ve been trying to get through this year. My pattern is that I’ll start a book, read it for a few nights in a row, and then get so busy trying to get other things done when I’m home that it just falls by the wayside. There are a bunch of fitness/food books in that pile that I’d love to finish so I can tell you guys about them.
I’m also going to scour my cookbooks and come up with a bunch of new recipes to start trying for the new year. As I mentioned in my resolutions post, I want to be able to cook a lot more and a lot healthier starting next year. If I can do more solid meal planning and buy healthier ingredients in general, it will also help with my getting in shape goal. Both D and I are planning to eat a lot healthier this coming year.
I’ll also make time to exercise every day I’m off so that I can stay focused on my overall fitness goal that has been ongoing for as long as I can remember. After my big month of November, I now know I can exercise without it interfering in life, even on the busiest days. I have no excuses while I’m on vacation other than laziness, which I’m not going to let get in the way!
To round things out, I’m going to spend a good amount of time doing blog-related things.
I suppose after writing all this out that I now realize that I must subconsciously be trying to get a jump on my resolution list, because almost everything I’m planning to do over vacation is related to something I’m resolving to do in the new year. Interesting how that works out!
What kind of time do you get off for the holidays?