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“What It Means To: Come Back From Vacation!”

Hello, all!  Welcome back to Sit, Stay, & Blog!  With fall upon us and most of our summer trips behind us, what could be more fitting than a post about what it truly means to come back from a vacation?

Three weeks ago today, Alex and I were sitting, butts in the beach chair, toes in the sand, and eyes fixated on the ocean that spanned for miles.  As we embarked on our trip, we committed to no computers, very limited email communication, and text messages back and forth just to get hour-by-hour updates and pictures of little Pinella (thanks mom and dad!).  So what?

After a few days away from the hustle and bustle of every day life as students and full-time workers, we realized a few things:

1.  We slept better.  We fell asleep easier and woke up earlier without a fuss (that says A LOT for me).
2.  No headaches.  You know that subtle, yet annoying head pain that can last for what seems like forever when you have a full schedule?   We thought about nothing, we had no deadlines… we had no headaches!  Nothing!
3.  Time went slower.  When we got back, we noticed everyone asking, “Did the week fly by?”.  Actually, no, it went slower!  We focused on the minute-by-minute and were not guided by stressful deadlines that needed to be met.
4.  We relaxed.  We really relaxed!  We cleared our minds, eliminated distractions, and enjoyed nature for what it’s worth — smelling the salty air and feeling the warmth of the ocean at our feet.
5.  We smiled.  We laughed so hard we cried, we smiled until our cheeks hurt!

By now you’re either wishing to be at the beach or asking yourself, “What does all of this have to do with coming back from vacation?” After a week of self-care and genuine relaxation, we were unprepared for the sudden, unremarkable flood of responsibilities…the renters insurance notification hanging on the door, books to order for class that started in two days, stress from student loans, the worriment of new deadlines to meet with the upcoming semester, and not to mention the literal headaches that occurred the first week back.

There’s a lesson here:  As a society, we value work before anything else (before family, our pets, traveling, meeting and talking to friends both new and old).  While we all enjoy accomplishing a work-related goal, it is of equal importance to take care of oneself before, during, and after vacation.  That is, get a full night’s sleep, clear your head, relax, smile daily, hug a dog more and your phone less, and do not forget to love, care, and support one another! 🙂

Thank you for revisiting my blog, and do not forget to follow Sit, Stay, & Blog on Twitter and Facebook!  If you are a new reader, I would like to welcome you and thank you for your time.  Your support is forever appreciated!

Watch out for my next blog post:  “What It Means To:  Train a Service Dog (Part I).”





Welcome! In a world where time is a valuable, precious component of life, I am ever so grateful for the personal time you are taking to read about me and how I began Sit, Stay, Blog! In 2018, I graduated with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and in 2016 I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. While attending my undergraduate institution, I involved myself in a plethora of unique activities which undoubtedly provided me with memorable experiences and a motivation to document and share these experiences with others. One of my most monumental experiences to date has involved being the first student to ever raise and train a service dog, Pinella, at my undergraduate institution. With that experience came both challenges and inspiring moments that I hope to share with you along this magnificent journey of Sit, Stay, & Blog. My primary goal is to connect with my readers on a personal level and create content that is meaningful and relevant to everyone’s interests. I am forever grateful for your support of Sit, Stay, & Blog, and it is my genuine hope that you visit my blog page and enjoy the content provided throughout! -T.

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