I don’t usually set New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I’m cracking down on a major flaw of mine:
This year, I will use all of my vacation days.
It sounds silly, but it’s extremely serious: In fact, every person I tell my resolution to tells me “It’s about time.” I even got smacked upside the head today by one of our clergy. I love my church.
But in all seriousness: She told me that every time I don’t take a day off, I’m setting a standard that is unfair to everyone else that I work with, whether I mean to or not.
So this year, I’m using all of my vacation days. All of them.
This weekend when I work Friday and Saturday, I will then take an extra day off next week.
I will no longer answer emails and texts on a Saturday night when I’m chilling with friends and vino. That’s my time.
When I’m allowed time to take a personal retreat day, or some time working in the coffee shop, or building community with my volunteers instead of in a stuffy office, I’m going to go for it.
In fact, I’m writing it into my goals for this year (my supervisor has been working with me on this for a while. If you’re reading this, I’m trying but it’s so hard because my list is so long and there’s always so much to do and please have grace with me because this perfectionism thing is tough…).
This year, I’m taking Sabbath seriously.
…or, at least, I’ll do better than I did in 2015…