It’s no secret that entrepreneurship is hard work. Entrepreneurship often involves long days and weeks, balancing family, friends, and sometimes another job with launching and growing a business. (See our interviews with Michelle Sampson of Taffy Floral and Marta Staudinger of LATELA Gallery for a few examples.) In the midst of this hustle and our uber-connected, “always-on” workplace culture, it can be difficult to justify taking vacations. But research has shown that the benefits of time off outweigh potential pitfalls. Vacations boost our mood, health, productivity, and creativity.
We recently took time off to explore Iceland and Sweden. A few of our favorite photos from the trip are below. If needed, please consider them a little push to book a few days off, for your health and for the health of your business.
“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration—it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.” –T. Kreider