Saturday, May 18, 2013

It's time for a Vacation!

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! I don’t know about you, but now that we finally have warm weather in Michigan I’m ready for a vacation! Bring on a hot, sandy beach, lounge chair, and an awesome book! And don’t forget the Margarita! J

Sometimes, it’s hard to justify the expense of a vacation especially when you’re watching your pennies. So, this is how I justify it and I thought I’d pass it on to you. Vacations are important to our health and well-being. That’s right. I take vacations for health reasons! The same reason I eat chocolate! (It has anti-oxidants in it.)

Studies show that vacations relieve stress. It has been proven that a good vacation can lead to fewer stressful days on the job at least five weeks later. A vacation is a gift you give to yourself.

Studies also show that taking time off to recharge your batteries keeps you healthier, which makes you less likely to call in sick, which increases productivity. I find this interesting and I wonder why more companies don’t encourage their people to take their vacations.

In fact, workers who take regular vacations are less likely to experience burnout. This makes them more creative and productive than their co-workers who don’t take a vacation.

According to the Virginia Women’s Center  53% of employed US adults report feeling rested and rejuvenated after a vacation, and 34% come back from vacation and feel better about their jobs and are more productive at work.

But let’s not just focus on the positive benefits of vacations on your career. Vacations can also strengthen bonds between family members.  They are a great way to reconnect with your spouse and kids.

Having a strong bond with your kids is very important to their well-being also. Everyone knows if you have a strong family unit your kids are less likely to fall prey to peer pressure and less likely to be bullied at school.

Vacations do cost money though. So what happens when you want to take a vacation but just can’t afford it? Then go on a staycation.

That’s right, stay home but take vacation time away from work. Most major cities have activities that parents can do with their kids. And if you don’t live in a major city you can probably drive to one. It won’t be like that tropical dream vacation that you have in your mind’s eye, but it will give you the same benefits as that one in the tropics would.

Thanks for stopping by today! I’d love to hear from all of you. Please share your thoughts on where your favorite vacation spots and/or activities are. I’d love to hear from you!

And if you have a tween/teen who needs a good read on vacation. Check out the Super Spies series! The covers, blurbs, and links are below. The third book in the series is scheduled for release sometime in August. They’re a great way to keep your teen away from the TV too. J

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

**** I would like to thank the Virginia’s Women’s Center and for some of the information provided in this post. Here are their links.


Sharon Ledwith said...

Honestly, Lisa, you had me a Margarita! I totally agree about recharging your batteries and connecting with your family. In the summer, we seem to be the place friends and family flock to because we live on a lake. It's a win-win situation for sure! Cheers!

Lisa Orchard said...

Thanks for stopping by Sharon! My parents had a place on the lake and my friends would always gather there too! Something about being by the water! :)