September 22, 2017
By Tracy Coates
Our business can be demanding. And while it’s important work and we love it, we can’t lose sight of the fact that every once in a while, we need a break. Those breaks give us a little clarity and remind us of what’s important. They make us better, happier people. This positivity carries over into our work and gives us the chance to make better, happier work.
Family vacation has always provided me with unforgettable memories. Throughout my childhood, my father ran his own business, which limited the amount of quality time spent together. Therefore, vacation was a special, uninterrupted, sacred time with my dad. I remember the excitement when my parents would reveal the destination of our next family vacation; my sisters and I would be full of pure joy and happiness. Our family vacations were by no means glamourous; our mode of transportation was a station wagon with a pop-up camper. We would jam pack our belongings into the car, squeeze all six of us in, and begin the road trip. To pass the time my sisters and I would play cards, tell stories, argue, laugh, and before we knew it, we were there.
One of my favorite parts about family vacations was the ability to escape reality for a short while. My parents were able to step away from the stresses of work and everyday struggles that come along with being parents. When I think of my family vacations, happiness is the word that comes to mind. Everyone seemed to be happy with each other which is what I loved most.
Once I got married and began to have children of my own, I knew that I wanted family vacations to be an important part of their lives as well. I wanted to make it a priority to take time out of our busy lives and just be together, which is exactly what we did. We packed our van to the maximum, loaded the girls in the car, and began our journey. I do have to say that our road trips looked a little different than mine did back in the day. Before every road trip my husband and I would strap in our twelve-inch TV, pack as many VHS movies as we could, and bring enough snacks to last us weeks. Instead of my daughters asking how much longer they had, it was “how many more movies?”
I hope that I’ve been able to give my daughters some of their happiest memories through those trips. I hope that they can look back at all of our trips and reminisce about the fun times that we all had as a family.
I have learned through all of our family vacations how important it is to spend as much quality time with your family as you can. I think we sometimes get caught up in work, social media, money, etc. and forget what is truly important in life—spending time with the people you love. I am lucky that I have been able to take these trips and spend priceless time with my family. So my advice to you is to find the time, find the money, and take the trip.