Well that was interesting. A month off from work that is. As some of you know I finished my last day at SEOmoz Moz, back on May 15th, and I am kicking off the new gig at BigDoor, another Seattle startup, this Wed June 12th. Okay so it’s not exactly a month but let’s roll with it for our purposes here.
So what did I do?
A few things—some more productive than others. Big things include spending a week in Kauai…by myself, traveling to Duluth, MN to keynote my first ever conference, and heading back to Vermont to enjoy over a week with the family. In between that I did a lot of pilates, running, sleeping in, and wine sipping. I called friends I’ve neglected for too long, I read a lot, and listened to some great music.
Other random things include:
- Staring out a window for half an hour…watching a squirrel. True story.
- Played cribbage with my pops for the first time in half a decade. Best two out of three actually. If you MUST know…he won.
- Painted my nails like 10 times in 30ish days. No really. Strange I know.
- Got a massage/spa day in three different times in four weeks. Particularly gluttonous.
- Did a cartwheel (okay maybe a few) in my living room. I don’t know – it just felt right at the time.
- I Vined for the first time ever. And the second, and third. Let’s be real – I’m hooked.
- I read a book to my nephews before bed for the first time in years. I also was there to tuck them in three different nights. Goodnight kisses and all. #lovethemsomuch
I also did a little work in there:
- Loaded up over 20 post drafts up, expect some good ones coming your way.
- I kicked off my stint with Entrepreneur’s Team Digital, and we’ve since published two posts. Honored to be contributing with such a crew of amazing people.
- Went back and forth with my dev team on my ISITaYES app- which had its final build in TestFlight go out yesterday. Holy crap people, its almost time to launch.
- I may, or may not, have done a ton of competitive analysis, and industry mapping in my new company’s vertical – customer loyalty and engagement– just don’t tell my new boss. I was supposed to be “recharging” and off the grid. Shhhh.
- I revamped my daily feeds, killed a bunch of daily mailers I get (fine…I kept Gilt & Ideeli, stop judging me!), and enveloped myself in my favorite blogs again.
- I watched SEOmoz launch into Moz, and took a deep breath of pride, and wished my old team the best of luck on this new chapter. They are going to kill it.
- I keynoted my first ever conference –Zenith Social Media Summit in Duluth. I was a bag of nerves if we are getting honest up in here, but it went amazingly, and I’m really thankful for the day. Subsequently, I was asked to keynote two more shows this year. Wowzers. #stoked
After travel, random things, and some work…the only other thing in there was the purpose of the break itself – the recharging. I did a lot of that. I ate a lot of whole foods, I slept a great deal, I laughed a lot. I practiced gratitude meditation (a new fave of mine) and I hugged a lot of people (sorry if this got weird for anyone).
The truth is taking off 30 days between jobs scared the hell out of me when I first committed to it. I thought such silly things like “what if I missed something” and “what if I lose momentum?” Bahhhh! So silly.
Come to find out, vacation with family and friends and the gift of time to myself was just what I needed. So I’ll say it here…in all caps nonetheless – ALL OF YOU WERE RIGHT. Okay. Geesh. You cats are so smart.
But let’s also be honest. I’m looking forward to jumping back into the swing of things. I miss sitting at a desk, with headphones on, listening to good tunes, wandering the web, brainstorming with smart people and building things. I’m ready to get back to it. New gig starts on Wed. Wish me luck.
It’s going to be fun…