Go ahead, turn off your work brain and take a guilt-free vacation. We certainly have.
To be brief, we have been enjoying our hot summer by jet-setting around the country and hanging out with visitors. In the last month, Olivia and I have both been to Nova Scotia on separate trips and have taken respite from our non-air-conditioned apartment on patios and in the parks of Toronto.
I am fortunate to work at a company where I get paid for every hour I work and I am able to bank overtime. I hadn’t taken any vacation since Christmas, so I was really excited when I booked a weeklong trip to Nova Scotia on a whim to visit a friend before my mom arrived on the July long weekend for a 10 day visit from BC. It was really nice to show my mom my semi-adult life in downtown Toronto. I took a couple of days off while she was here to go camping in Algonquin Park and visit family in Ottawa for Canada Day.
Leaving work guilt-free turned out to be easier than I had anticipated. I made sure to let all of my project managers know well in advance of my time off and I went back to work for two days each week in between time so I was able to keep on top of time-sensitive tasks. I even got a report done before I left and delegated my weekly recurring tasks.
On my trips I stayed off my work phone and lived in the moment. This meant drinking lots of beer, going on hikes, camping, and checking out the tides in the Bay of Fundy. I only thought about work once (in my dreams) on my last night in Nova Scotia where I apparently talked in my sleep, loudly saying :
“The numbers don’t work…. GET ME NEW NUMBERS!!”
I guess I couldn’t really turn my work brain all the way off.
After all that vacation, I feel clear headed and ready to dive back into some new projects… On Tuesday that is when I am back from an extended weekend canoe trip with some girlfriends from university.
Hope you are all enjoying your summer doing whatever you do to unwind!
Enggirlproblems update: We are working on some research-intensive topics so we will be back with more on retention of women in engineering soon. Keep your eyes peeled on a survey in the next few weeks and our next enggirlbooks summer read!
Elaine is an environmental engineer (in training) at a civil engineering consulting firm in the Greater Toronto Area. Her job is mostly figuring out if poop is going to flood your basement and she works with different levels of government to prevent (sh)it from happening. Outside of engineering, Elaine spends her weekends tap dancing and enjoying artsy activities that balance out her engineering life.