My Summer Vacation – By Ida Davidson

Posted by idawrites on August 11, 2010 in All Moms, Getting It All |

Whoa this thing is incredibly dusty! Let’s see if I can remember how to work all the knobs and switches.

Remember when you were a kid in elementary school and the first week of school you had to write about your summer vacation? Where you went, what you did, what you learned while you weren’t doing something “productive”? Well… here it comes!

The day I quit my job, our family and some friends loaded up and went to the mountains for a few days. It was quiet and beautiful and without internet or cell phone coverage. Talk about “roughing it”. But I read a couple of books, played games with the family, sat in the hot tub for a few minutes, and spent hours writing down notes, blog post ideas, and working my butt off.

For weeks, I obsessed over the new business I want to start. I drove everyone around me crazy with idea after idea and question after question. To be honest, I was driving myself crazy too. Finally, Mark said “You know that YOU are the only one who expects you to start this business and earn money, right? You’re the only one who won’t let you relax and enjoy this time you really need.”

So, I took the summer off from “work”. Thank goodness I could.  So many things popped up that I probably couldn’t have dealt with while being all entrepreneurial. I slept late a couple of times (admittedly, not many), took morning walks with my best friend, played Rock Band with the kids, ate out, spent time with friends, did housework, ran errands, had an emergency trip to Mississippi and then to Memphis, toured a college with Anna, took off for the weekend in Savannah, and spent a whole lot of time trying to get all the To Do list items checked off.

School has been back in session for 5 “business” days now. Now it’s time for me to learn what day to day life is going to be like as a “stay at home” mom and how to integrate my dreams of a business into it. I won’t say it’s been a perfect summer. It hasn’t. But I’m well on my way to having my batteries recharged and choosing my path for the next part of the journey.

How has YOUR summer been?


  • gina says:

    As a stay at home mom, I can identify with most of what you write. I had a most unusual summer as my husband left me in May. Yes, I’m being dramatic. He left me for Tulsa, OK …after having been unemployed for 8 months, he found a job and together we decided to go for it. However, we didn’t have the money to move when he did. So, I became a stay at home solo mom. We finally scrimped up enough money to make the move in late July and here I sit in our new home in Broken Arrow, OK. I’m not in the process of starting my own business, but I am an independent contractor with several companies…so I have to get some motivation going to help with the bills. We have two house payments now and I’m going to have to contribute more than ever before. Wish me luck on my new “school” year.

  • Jill D says:

    And you helped your sister, who was totally in crisis. And you cleaned her house and did her laundry AND told her to STFU when she started whining.


    Glad to see you’re back.

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