This past week I had the opportunity to go back to an IT work conference with some of my team. I can’t tell you how nice it is to get away and not have some of the responsibilities of daily life. Of course I missed my family, but I think every mama can agree there is just something priceless about not having to take care of anyone but myself for a few days. Ladies, uninterrupted pamper time. I spent so much time getting ready one night, and not once was I interrupted by a puppy needing to pee, a husband asking where something was, or my son asking for a snack. It was magical!
The trip started out with getting to go for a jog with my boss. I don’t talk about work much here on the blog, but I have to say I’m so grateful for him. We have a great working relationship, and we have a lot of fun together. We did a lot of team building during the conference, and had the chance to discuss big picture ideas we have for our team. This was my 3rd time going to this conference, but the first time since I became lead of my team. It gave me that extra boost of confidence, and I felt inspired during the leadership sessions. I’ve been really down the past two weeks, and not feeling at all like myself, and this getaway was exactly what I needed. I felt that spark for my job that I haven’t felt in a long time.
Beyond the work stuff, there was also the night activities, aka partying! This year did not disappoint. There was hatchet throwing (why, I mean there was drinking, this seemed like a terrible idea), archery, beer pong, Virtual Reality, Skeeball, the list goes on. The first night I even did karaoke with a band! I also palled around with a director friend of mine from another district and his team. My team peaced out early both nights, but not this crew. They were crazy! I couldn’t keep up. I definitely paid for it with lack of sleep, but it was worth it. So many funny moments, from being one of the guys enjoying cigars by the firepit and drinking whiskey, to a spontaneous hot tub/swim at 2am!
It was hard to come back to reality after such a fun getaway. The trip reminded me that I really enjoy what I do, and I also enjoy socializing so much. I miss having a group of guy friends to hang out with. I wish sometimes that Match had more buddies, so that we could hang out more. I am so grateful for Match and how understanding he is. He knows I’m a guy’s gal, and he doesn’t get jealous, not even of the late night swim. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that he lets me be me, 2am bad decisions and all!
Have you ever had the chance to get away for a few days, just check out from being a mama, a wife and all that responsibility and just be yourself? It is amazing how refreshing it is, and how it does make you appreciate all that you have. I wouldn’t want to do that all the time, and I love the life I lead. But I will say, I’m already looking forward to next year!