As much as a love a good spa day, nothing recharges The BadAssMama's batteries like a good old fashioned business trip.
Let me explain.
As many of you know, The BadAssMama is a multi-hyphenate. Wife-mother-executive-blogger-writer. All around BadAss. But, as any of you with children also know, the title of "mother" can become all-encompassing at times. As much as we try to compartmentalize our lives - focusing on work while we're at work and home when we're at home - the "home" aspect often seems to find a way to creep into every other aspect of our lives. Whether we like it or not...
But, I have a little secret. Want to know what it is? It's called the business trip. Sound crazy? Well, let me tell you - your basic business trip covers just about all the bases when it comes to providing the busy working mom with a little bit of cushion and release from the craziness of everyday life:
- Someone else does all of the cooking and cleaning
- You can leave the bed unmade each morning without feeling guilty
- You are virtually guaranteed an uninterrupted night of sleep
- You can hit the gym for a full workout, guilt-free
- If a child is misbehaving/crying/falling out on the plane, you can crank up your iPod or pop on your noise canceling headphones
- Nine times out of ten there are liquor and adult-friendly restaurants involved
While all of these things are incredible, the single most satisfying element of a business trip for me is the sense of accomplishment. While I'm on the road, I experience a singular sense of focus and mastery of my job that I can never quite capture back at the office. Somehow, my level of career focus increases in direct proportion to my distance in miles from my children. Now, don't get me wrong, I do my thing at work on a day-to-day basis, but on business trips I can take my badassery to a whole different level.
True. The travel grind can be hard. There are early wake up calls, day long meetings, changing time zones and the absence of the comforts of home. But when you approach a business trip in the right way, you can come home just as recharged, refreshed and rejuvenated as a week away at the spa.
Maybe it's just me, but I love business trips...
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