After a wonderful break in Norway with the family, it’s back to work today, facing the reality that it’s almost September, which means it’s not going to be long until 2020 is upon me.
Running a business is a full time (in the true sense of the words!) job, and it’s very easy to just keep going, and never really switch off as there is always more that could be done. Particularly when it’s my husband and I who own and run the business.
Kan Do Ventures is now five years old, and this year is the first year that we have had a real holiday together, really switching off (both us and our laptops). And what a pleasant surprise it has been. Apart from the usual joy of travelling somewhere new and spending time together as a family, making a conscious decision to leave the business in the extremely capable hands of the team was wonderful.
Our team are like our second family, so we kept in touch about the adventures we were having – mainly Chun-Kit sending photos of all the meals and weirdly named foods we were eating – rather than talking shop. And it’s been a great learning experience for us all.
The biggest thing I’ve learnt is that stopping work to really enjoy a holiday has a real impact on me, as I return to work refreshed and recharged. Much like turning off my laptop when it starts running a bit slow, I benefit from a reset as well.
We have a brilliant team – they are more than capable of keeping things going while we have a holiday, and I’m sure they appreciate the break from us!! It’s great to see the team again and catch up on what they have been doing, and we are all ready to face the challenges for the remainder of the year.
But mainly I’ve learnt that stopping to be really present and enjoy our non-work adventures is a necessity, not a luxury, and we all benefit from regular breaks from work. So bring on the next adventure….the only job is to decide when and where…