A week off work

We should have been on holiday in Padstow last week. We booked it way back in August last year, when the world was getting back to normal and we couldn’t possibly imagine things would all go horribly wrong again. We just chose one of the weeks of the Easter holidays at random, without putting any thought into it.

We chose the wrong one. If we’d have chosen this week, we would be in Padstow right now, without question.

Instead of going to Padstow, I took a radical decision. I had a week off work.

Freelancers and self-employed people very rarely take time off work. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever taken a full week off work in seven years without actually being away on holiday. I have odd days off, but the fear of losing work is too real for me to take any longer off.

Last year, I had just eight days off work – five days when we were in Padstow and one day each for our wedding anniversary, my birthday and my husband’s birthday. I realise it wasn’t enough.

Every school holiday without fail, my daughter asks if I have to work. And every school holiday without fail, I do work. It’s not too bad. I usually finish around 2pm. Some days I only need to work in the morning. And as my kids tend to get up quite late, I don’t miss too much time with them. But it would be nice to just have that bit of extra freedom when they’re off school.

It would also be nice for me to have a bit of time to unwind and relax too. To read a bit more. To spend some time blogging.

My blog isn’t my job and I don’t see it as any type of chore or hassle. It is my relaxation. It is my way of unwinding and processing what’s going on in my life. When I don’t have as much time as I’d like to spend on it, I miss it.

So as I was supposed to be on holiday anyway and as I’ve reached a point with my two clients where I feel comfortable in my relationship with them (that they won’t replace me for taking a few days off), I decided to take a week off work. It’s Easter, it’s a quiet time anyway.

I knew that one client would just get a staff member to cover my work for the week. The other one will just save the work for me to do this week instead. I normally do most of my work for that client early in the month, so I will just do it a bit later in the month.

I wasn’t missing out on much money, but I did get a valuable break.

(Although I must admit that by Thursday the fear did hit me – what if number 1 client had realised they could get staff to cover the work I do always? I was actually relieved when I realised they’d got another freelancer to cover instead. It confirmed it’s too much work for them to fit in themselves.)

I suppose I’d hoped to do more for myself and more with the kids than I actually did. My daughter was doing revision some of the time anyway. But I went for a couple of longer walks with the kids, a walk with a friend and a walk with my sister and her family. I did read a bit more. I didn’t blog as much as I would have liked.

I had a bit of time wiped out with urgent and unexpected sandwich generation duties, so it was a good thing I wasn’t working when I was needed.

But all in all, it was nice to have a week off work.

I must remember to do it again sometime.

Easter, Easter cake, Easter Sunday, Garden, Week off work

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Oh no! How rubbish about the trip to Padstow not happening. I know it’s a place you love so much.
    Good on you for taking some time off. It sounds like you had a lovely break. x

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    • Thanks very much, it was a really nice break. It’s just unfortunate we picked our holiday date at random and we chose the wrong one! Hopefully we will get there in the summer instead. x

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  2. I’m glad you managed to take a week off anyway. I am the same about never having time off when I’m not away. I usually work weekends as well. It’s tough to relax when you do take time off if you’re not used to it isn’t it?
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much, I’m really glad I did it. It must be hard with working weekends too. I always enjoy my break at weekends (even though I do far too many chores for my liking!). x

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  3. Sorry you didn’t get to go to your beautiful Padstow, but I am glad you took the week off. You work so hard, you deserve it. xx

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    • Thanks very much, it was a real shame not to get to Padstow, but hopefully we will get there later in the year. The week off was definitely a good idea. I’ll have to do it again one day! X

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  4. Its so important to take time off isn’t it but I appreciate how hard it must be with being self employed. The cake looks yummy I have enjoyed seeing your daughters bakes over Instagram!

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    • Thanks very much, it is so important to take time off and I must remember to do it more often! My daughter’s bakes are so good. I’m in awe of them!

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  5. I am glad you managed to have some time off. Sorry you didn’t get to go to Padstow though. Have you rebooked for later in the year? x

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    • Thanks very much, it was a shame about Padstow, but we have booked for the summer. Fingers crossed that will go ahead! X

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