I have decided my definition of "holiday" needs a little work if I am to survive the busyness of my life with sanity intact. Over the past three years I have had two weeks a year where I've work and Uni have ceased at the same time. Two weeks where I've had no responsibilities other than...well...the enormous task of mothering. And wife-ing. I know, it's not a word, but let's pretend for a moment!
I've just had a mid-semester break from Unit, during which time an assignment was due so it wasn't really a break. I'm about to head into school holidays during which time I'll be studying and beginning end-of-semester assignments. So not so much of a break. December 13th is looking really good to me right now! No work, no Uni.
So what do I consider a holiday? It can't be about not having to be working on something important because that never seems to end, if it's not things outside of family it's my family that needs attention. Time to stop and snooze. Time to read a good book in a day. Time to say "YES!" to spontaneous plans with friends. In amongst all of that I need to feel like what I'm doing is worthwhile to someone else as well as me.
And every now and then a chance to be away from home really helps too.
I'm planning to take the Christmas/summer holidays this year without studying, since I only have six units (instead of 8) to complete next year. I need to stop and do something the things that make me feel like I've had a break. Rejuvenation, renewal, rest. All so very important! As well as being able to say "no" the first time instead of later!!!