I’m so excited to finally be going on vacation. My last travel job was the first time in 9 years that I have been outside of Georgia. I had made plans to go on vacation and the plans would always get messed up. Either the other people couldn’t afford it or they couldn’t get off from work. I considered going on a solocation but I never did it. I was scared to do things by myself. I realized that if I waited on other people to do things, then I would end up doing nothing. Which is what I ended up doing. I just went to work, school, and out to dinner at times. I was leading a very boring life. I promised myself that when I became a travel nurse, I would start living the life I always wanted to live. I would start doing things and not just sitting at home. I learned that by not taking care of myself, I was really hurting myself. Part of taking care of myself is going on a vacation and taking time off from work. The only time that I took off from work in the past 9 years, was when I was sick or changing jobs. I would always be the first one asking to go home early from work if the census dropped. I was just ready for a change. Thank God I got 3 months off when I started looking for a travel nurse job. I thought that I would get a travel nurse job really fast when I put in my 2 weeks notice. I still didn’t go anywhere because I was scared to spend money with no money coming in. I moved back in with my parents and waiting on a job. My parents were scared for me. My dad would keep saying to me that you never quit a job without another job already lined up. I knew I was going to be a travel nurse. I saw it in my dreams. While I was waiting for a job, I was working on other things. I finally had the time to relax and get to really know myself. It was an exercise in my faith. So now I know that I need to take a vacation every year. It’s just a part of loving myself. I will be doing my happy dance on the way to the airport!!