Task 1: find an affordable vaca destination that both my husband and I could get excited about. Answer: mountain biking and camping in Fruita, Colorado.
Task 2: find someone to care for our daughter. My parents jumped at the chance.
Task 3: line up care for our two big boisterous dogs. We ended up piecing it together by enlisting three different individuals for help.
Task 4: ensure that my two businesses would continue seamlessly in my absence. I let people know weeks in advance that I’d be offline and delegated tasks big and small to my capable team.
I also created an “only if you really need to” way to reach me. My husband agreed to leave his cell phone on in case of an emergency with our daughter, our dogs or the businesses.
After a terribly stressful week of packing, working, cleaning the house and tying up loose ends, we hit the road.
It felt so satisfying to switch my phone into airplane mode. A weight lifted off my shoulders knowing that nobody expected me to respond to anything. I felt so present in life.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday swept by in a blissful tick tock between mountain biking and sitting in the hammock, or trail running and then sitting by the fire. Stress drained. My spirit renewed.