Vacation Overload: I Need to Regroup

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
— John Lubbock, The Use of Life

I Am. Tired.  Not even in an angry sense, or the way I am tired of seeing my beautiful black brothers and sisters being slain without just cause, but more so tired in a state of exhaustion.  As I have been chronicling throughout the summer, I have taken a new job in Dallas and officially have one week under my belt.  Let’s just say that this position is everything I could have dreamed about and everything I prayed for while interviewing, and at the tender age of 26, I am a bit shocked I secured the job, but nonetheless, I am going to have to WORK.  Just because I can say I received a “promotion” does not mean that this will be a cakewalk (not that working in education ever is), but I have longer hours, a longer commute, and longer tasks! Add on top of that the sheer exhaustion of being “on the run” for the last month, I am just simply tired.

I have been receiving a lot of “where to next?” messages from family, friends, old coworkers, Sorors, and more, but to be honest, for the first time in this entire year, I just do not know.  I do know that I am taking a vacation from vacation.  I am on hiatus!  I have had the absolute best summer I could have ever asked for and pushed myself out of my comfortable box, but now it is the beginning of a new school year, and I need to get back in a steady routine.  I have a new position, in a new school, in a new district, in a completely different city!  It is a blessing, and I do not want to take it for granted at all.  I am sure I am not alone when I say I do not want to be the new girl requesting a high amount of vacation time within the first three months of work.

I also need to get my life together!  I suppose it is time for me to have a nice couch (shoot, nice furniture in general) and to get settled before I go running off after the waves again.  This is by no means saying that I quit traveling, because that is never going to happen! However, I plan on laying low and if I get the urge, I will take a quick turnaround domestic trip and save an international affair for November / December.  I have also decided that I want to spend 90% of my time in summer 2016 traveling!  What does that mean for this educator?  I need to put my money in my travel savings account and act accordingly throughout the year.  Now, trust me, this is going to be hard and tempting, and I will probably need to remove myself from the daily glitch feed deals I receive daily, but I would rather wait and experience one epic lengthy trip than a bunch of shorter trips in which I am rushing to get back to work.

Hopefully, I can stick to my plan and keep my body on the Western Hemisphere until Winter Break or even Spring Break.  I hope that I can have enough captivating weekend excursions bonding with my new city, The Big D, and thankfully it is almost time for the DALLAS COWBOYS to grace our televisions, so that can keep me occupied as well!  I still have plenty of tales to share and some goodies up my sleeve, so don't tune out!

Have any of you ever been worn out from traveling so much that you need a break?  I know that it cannot just be me. Let me know!