Taking a break can be hard when you do work that you love. It is hard to feel as if you deserve a break when you don’t always feel the work you produce on a daily basis is your best work. Irregardless, breaks are important. While taking my first vacation as a working professional (lol), I found myself constantly thinking about what I needed to do when I got back to my 9-5, what I needed to catch up on for freelance jobs, and wondering if anyone was looking at my extremely outdated website and making a judgment on my work accordingly.

This is not a break.

It was hard, but a few days into my vacation, I started to focus on only things relating to my life outside of my work. This was difficult because in the last 6 months, I feel my work had become my life. I needed to take a step back and realize I was in a beautiful place - a ranch in Napa Valley - with the most important people in my life. How do these relationships stand as a priority in my life compared to my work? There is no comparison. Without these people, I don’t think I would be the best creative I could be. These people influence my work and push me to be my best self. It is important to take the time to appreciate these people with undivided attention, quality time together individually, and some really good Chinese food.