After 11 days off, I went back to work today. It was really hard to get my brain moving at the right pace, in the right space. The funny thing is that I really do enjoy working - I like interacting with people, I like the challenges, problem-solving, etc. I miss interpreting every day, but I'm not confident enough to interpret in the environment I'm in - out of my comfort zone.
At the same time, I realized yesterday (again) that there is such disincentive to take time off in chunks that are larger than a day or two. First there is the whole getting-used-to-having-time-off thing. Then there is the catching up part. Sometimes, after returning to work, I feel like the first day erased the whole thing. It doesn't really - but it definitely puts a dent in it. The good part is that my reactions are more relaxed when I come back from time off.
I thought about my word (HEART) today and how to infuse that in my work, my life. Didn't do much about it as I am working on a show. I think a sub-word is ENGAGE. I'm trying to find ways to re-engage and engage more deeply.