Every summer, we take a break as a family—both from work and from business.
When we first had children, my husband talked to his workplace about parental leave, and he said that while he’d like to be home during the first few weeks of our child’s birth, he was more interested in being able to be around with his kids while they grew up. When our first kid was born, he shifted his schedule to work from 8am to 4pm, and takes a month off every summer to be home with the kids. This is his fourth year taking a month off.
As a writer and an entrepreneur, I’m also taking time away from my business. We’ll be on break for four weeks—I have an assistant who checks in to make sure any student questions or tech concerns are being answered, and a coach I work with who teaches a few of the sessions of my mastermind whenever I’m on vacation.
Both of us check-in once weekly to make sure there aren’t any major fires, but for the most part, we’ll be out of the office through Labor Day, taking our kids to the pool, the beach, on camping trips, and on biking adventures.
I’ll also be doing a two-week social media sabbatical much like the experiments I wrote about for Harvard Business Review, logging off of all of my social accounts and taking a full break from checking, browsing, posting, scrolling, and all of the things, good and bad, that social media can bring up.
See you all at the end of summer.—
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