This past April, my family and I went to Spain to visit my oldest daughter, Maddy. She was spending a semester in Barcelona and that was a great incentive to take a European vacation. As a planner, it should come as no shock that I often plan my vacations fairly meticulously. I like to know where I’m going and, typically, lead the way. There was something very different about this vacation though, and it taught me a great deal about the freedom of letting go and the opportunities it can open up. When we arrived, we started the trip spending a few days in Madrid, then took a bullet train to Seville for a few nights during Holy Week before flying up to Barcelona.
Happy Summer! I hope this newsletter finds you well and that you enjoyed Independence Day last week. We closed the office for two days for the team to better enjoy the mid-week holiday. My family spent the day catching up on projects around the house while reminding our younger kids that the 4th of July was not the official holiday of staring at online videos, then convinced our kids into a nice 9 holes of golf and a family dinner. Although not the most stressful or energetic of celebrations, it was still a tad difficult to get back into the swing of things come Friday morning! I suppose that is the downside of having a holiday in the middle of the week. You don’t want the fun to stop.
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