Bet you thought I was joking. But really. I am on vacation through July 27 and I’m so excited!
I’ve completely disconnected from social media (primarily Facebook) and work until July 28. Work emails have been removed from my phone and both of my work computers are out of site, out of mind. Vacation started for me last Friday. It was a stressful, overwhelming time as I tried to get all of my writing done for today’s issue on top of my administrative and editor duties. I have never missed this many days of work in a row nor have I missed a Monday/Tuesday workday since July 2019, long before I became your News Editor. As I prepared for my days off, I was anxious, naturally and excessively.
But you want to know the best part? I have an amazing team working alongside me that I am 100% confident in to get the job done while I am away.
Let’s start with my amazing, hardworking and super talented “boss” — she hates being called that — Noel. Without her, I would not be able to fully disconnect. Noel is the perfect example of what a boss should be like and what it means to “take care of your employees.” In addition, I have my editorial staff of Lisa Luna, Sam Fowler, our newest reporter Cade Andrews and our college intern Gabriella Ruiz to cover meetings, events and stories in my absence. Also, a huge shoutout to my Business Manger Rhonda Chancellor who is laying out my pages while I am out. I cannot forget about our stringers, Christelle Troell and Diana Guthrie, who help cover school board and city council meetings. They have been so wonderful to work with and I’m ever thankful to them for going along with my demands.
As guilty as I feel for leaving my team for two publications, I am also relieved. We cannot forget to enjoy our lives and take a break from work every once in a while. It’s so essential to being happy and a huge part of taking care our ourselves, mentally and physically.
My plans include complete relaxation, spending much needed time with family, a trip to Colorado. Joe and I are planning to go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and climbing the “stairway to heaven,” or formally known as the Manitou Incline at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. This will be my first time going to Colorado and I’m so excited!
Who knows? I might just become one of those people who go away to the mountains and never come back … maybe. We’ll see …
REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at email@example.com.