After a week working in Kazan, doing extremely long days that could be quite mentally taxing I decided to take a week off work, catch up with friends and family and basically recharge my batteries.
Beforehand, I always forget how much an event drains the energy out of me, especially when I’m working the media alone. So to do the first event of the season on my own was a severe shock to the system. It’s always a fun experience when you’re in the middle of it, but as soon as it’s done and I have a day to relax and not work I feel it all catch up with me.
So this week has been much needed, especially because I head off again on Wednesday for the next event.
With the week off, I had planned to do some writing and start a few other projects but every time I opened my laptop to get going I’d drift off and find myself procrastinating almost immediately.
My laptop and my camera stayed in my bag for most of the week, which I’ll be honest felt very strange. Not wanting to play with my camera at all was what finally made me realise I needed to completely switch off. So, I decided to listen to what my brain was trying to tell me and disconnected from anything that resembled work.
I drank lots of coffee, had a few beers, watched sport on TV and spent a few highly fun days entertaining my nephew.
All-in-all it was just what I needed to clear my head and recover before my trip to Korea in a few days.
I love to travel but I don’t really get to do it at a leisurely pace, or to spend time wherever I am to stop, relax and really appreciate where I am. That’s the nature of travelling for work unfortunately, but I have plans to make a few changes to that dynamic and actually experience the places I visit.
That may be making sure I get some time off when I’m away with work, going a few days early or even sticking around for a few days afterwards. I also plan to actually travel just for myself soon too.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve travelled so much with work that I find myself sticking around the UK and mostly Edinburgh when I have time off. As much as I love being home and having a base here, I do miss travelling purely for the sake of experiencing somewhere new.
There are plans bubbling around in my mind and taking this week to recharge has helped me clarify them far more than I could have hoped for. I’ll be sharing some of them here when they’re ready. For now, I need to start firing up my brain again. The rest is over. It’s time to get back to work.
Photo credit: Michael Smith on Flickr