This year I had the bright idea that we wouldn’t go on a vacation. Yes, it was my dumb idea. I had the excuse that we have lots of goals for 2017 and taking a vacation would both ruin our financial picture and it would not allow us to stay focused. I thought just two long weekend getaways would be enough. What in the world was I thinking? Now it’s October and I’m burnt out. I need a vacation! So I finally caved in and decided that for my mental sanity I was going to book a vacation and fast. I realized that vacations are not a luxury, they are a necessity. Taking time for yourself makes you more efficient because you are re-charging that battery; being exhausted can bring out a lot of negative energy. It started with my one leg; it was bothering for a bit, then 2 weeks later my back hurt, then my stomach hurt, then the worse of them all besides being so tired, is going to sleep late only to wake up like two hours later and being wide awake for the next several hours. Then it finally hit me, I need some “doing nothing” time, my brain is fried.Sometimes all it takes is some time off to start feeling better. Also efficiency and motivation have a lot to do with rest. If you don’t sleep enough, you are exhausted and unmotivated, however if you are well rested, your motivation and energy levels spike high and you are able to do a better job. It just makes perfect sense! Besides when you are on vacation you allow yourself to enjoy the moment more than you do when you are home surrounded by house chores and especially myself who also happens to work from home and the office is just steps away.Stay tuned in November for some of my vacation stories or adventures and possibly in the New Year 2017 a new monthly column focused on vacation spots, booking tips, and how to obtain them at low prices and of course a bit of motivation with tips on the importance of sneaking away every now and then for a mental break.