To be most exitoso (successful) in your work, I believe one needs to periodically step away from it, to refresh and recharge the neurons. My vacation feels perfectly timed in the middle of the paid holiday drought, those many calendar days between New Year’s and Memorial Day. It’s been six months since my last visit to Chicago, and I’ve made it through my “freshman semester” in Minneapolis, reestablishing myself in a city I know quite well. (Incidentally, I may have also nearly gained a “freshman 15” in the process, but progress is being made on that!)
Now it’s time for “spring break,” and I can’t wait to reconnect with close Chicago friends and colleagues, as well as the charms and mild annoyances of a city that for 4+ years, I called home.