We went to Europe for just over two weeks - Paris, Milan and Scotland - and it was wonderful. Being in different countries, eating different food and listening to different languages helped me to unwind and shed a layer of stress that had been building up over the months. It definitely helped me to step out of my bubble and gain perspective on work, SoJo and what we're trying to do, as well as some perspective on life. There's nothing like vacationing in countries where the essence of life is to eat, drink and live well to remind you about what's really important.
The other great thing about being away, is coming back and seeing how much got done without you. Zainab and Jesse and the whole SoJo team managed to 'wow' me with how much they accomplished in the two weeks I was away and it was great motivation for me to dive back in on my return. Yesterday, Zainab left for vacation - she will be gone for two weeks - and Jesse and I are determined to 'wow' her when she gets back.