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Vacation Magic  

I haven't seen, or touched, my little MacBook in over a week now. Currently I'm on my iPhone high over the United States as I fly home. I'm using Vesper, I know someone will ask, but I can't wait for Ulysses for iPhone. 

I'm leaving Disney World — our first big family vacation. I'll touch on Disney more later, for now I want to talk about vacation itself. 

In the past nine years, yes NINE YEARS, I've taken a total of 5 weeks of vacation. Which is less than some Europeans reading this take in a year. It's also unhealthy and insane. But I am hardly alone with that here in the U.S. — the land of work. 

I took a week for my honeymoon in 2010, two weeks for vacation spread out over 2007, and a week off with each kid in 2012 and 2014. That's it. You'll notice there isn't much travel there. Two of the five weeks were staying at home with my wife and hardly count.


I wish I took more. But it's hard, bordering on feeling impossible, when you own your own business and you are the primary person that does things there. I had no one to leave the business in the hands of so I could go off the grid for more than a weekend. It felt like everything would crumble if I left. 

This is probably the second biggest reason I took a job at MartianCraft, the first being wanting to follow my passions. I've taken more time off and I'm getting better at taking time off overall. 

That makes me happier and nicer.

It's really a hard thing to get used to, but it's vital to my mental health, my relationships, and even my performance and happiness at work. I can't wait to get back to work, but I also can't wait until I can plan and take another vacation. 

Here's hoping you take plenty of vacations too. 

The overall lack of vacation time is terrible thing we Americans do to ourselves. Among many others for sure. 

Back to the site though. 

As a result of this trip, I have a plethora of new ideas to write about. My notes are brimming and I haven't had any time to write other than this. While over my infants head. While over the U.S.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

I have a ton of my agenda when I get back. Not the least of which is overhauling the paywall system. Moving to a metered system instead of a delayed system. I'm thinking links and quotes are free, everything else is limited to 4 reads a month. I'd love to hear your thoughts on that though. 



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