Summer break means something when you’re a kid. No schedules, no due dates, none of the stress that comes with the responsibilities of school — you’re able to take the time to recharge before it all starts again. I think it’s important to try and take a little bit of that summer revival back as an adult.
This year, I kicked off my “summer break” by heading up to the Appalachian Trail with our backpacking club for a 70-mile trek through Shenandoah Valley National Park. Six days away from work and technology, as well as the physicality of hiking, was like a cleanse. For me, recharging has always meant getting myself outdoors — whether I’m hiking or hunting or just enjoying the quiet among the trees — it’s been my way to hit the reset button.
So as we move into late summer, I hope you’ll be able to find your own opportunity to recharge and get a little bit of that old summer break feeling back. And if I see you at one of our upcoming conferences, you can tell me all about it.
— Fred Ode