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Remembering to Take Time to Have Fun

Posted January 21, 2014 by Marie Arcidiacono in Life After Five
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Sometimes in our fast-paced, technology driven society I think we forget about how important it is to connect on a personal level with someone. More importantly, we forget how important our friends are to our well-being.

If you’re anything like me, you probably pour yourself into your work. While it’s been a tremendous advantage for me career-wise, I also have to remember to take a step back and focus on what’s truly important in life, which is taking time away from my classroom/desk and putting time and effort into my interpersonal relationships.

Sadly, I am one of those people who routinely says, “Let’s get together soon for coffee/lunch/dinner/etc” and then guess what? It doesn’t happen. Why? I’m working, I’m travelling for work, our work schedules don’t match, etc.

It happens to all of us.

We get caught up in the “get ahead” mentality and seem to neglect the importance of connecting face-to-face with our friends. Texting is totally the same as meeting for coffee right? Especially if we add in Emojis….Um, no. It’s not. : insert guilty face Emoji here:

Instead of beating myself up over this (which okay, I did for like five minutes) I made the decision to focus on connecting and having FUN this past winter break. Yes, that’s one of the amazing benefits of being a teacher. I had three glorious weeks off in December. It’s okay, you can be jealous of that, ha-ha.

Winter break was the perfect time for me to go and visit one of my best friends and sorority sister, Vanessa. Lucky me, Vanessa is also a teacher.  Sidebar: Sometimes I wonder how many teachers are actually sorority girls. I know a good number of them. It must be something in the water.

Anyways, I met Vanessa when she was doing an exchange program, similar to study abroad but inter-US, during college. Vanessa had the amazing idea to rush a sorority while she was here and she ended up rushing my house.

We instantly clicked over our love for the movie, “Mean Girls,” and she quickly bonded with my two other best friends (who were also in my sorority). If you’re imaging us wearing pink on Wednesdays, well…you’d be right (that happened a few times)!

Sadly, after Vanessa’s year at my college campus, she went back to her home university in Texas. We’ve only got see each other a handful of times in the past several years and it was time for a change.

I decided before I left that I was going to really take this mini vacation as an opportunity to connect and have FUN.

So, I jumped on a plane to the “Great State of Texas.” Seriously, I think you’re mandated to teach people to say that. Texas was everything I needed it to be to recharge my batteries. It was filled with FUN, great conversations, and even better food!

I loved visiting Texas and spending time with one of my best friends. It’s always an amazing time when you can just be yourself and have FUN. Do you see the theme here? Focus on having some FUN in our lives, instead of just focusing on working as much as we can.

I would love for each and every one of you amazing Career Girls out there to take some of your well-earned vacation days and spend time focusing on your interpersonal relationships. You never know, that mini vacation or staycation might be just what you needed to put a little extra “pep in your step” or give you your next greatest idea for work.

So, while I am not an advocate of New Year’s Resolutions, I am going to say here’s to having more FUN in our lives, not over-focusing on our jobs, re-connecting with friends and eating amazing food!

P.S. If you are ever in El Paso, Texas you should definitely go to Crave. It did not disappoint!

About the Author

Marie Arcidiacono

Marie is a Speech Communication professor who also coaches a debate team. She truly loves what she does and hopes to continue to teach for decades to come. In her "free time" she is an avid runner. Marie enjoys running a variety of distances, including the Half Marathon. She is dedicated to living as healthy a lifestyle as she can while balancing a very busy schedule. Marie loves to network and share ideas so writing for Career Girl Network is perfect for her. You can also read about her adventures on Why Not Girl!.