Eric Wood is our featured associate this month. [...]
We often talk about our top takeaways from professional or educational conferences or events. And while I had plenty of those after a recent ASCE/APWA conference I attended in Orange Beach, I also took away some wonderful personal memories from getting to spend time with my family.
In my perspective, a person is who he is based on his foundation. My foundation is family. My family is very important to me. So if I’m happy with myself personally, family is a big part of that. The resulting work I do is better and more enjoyable.
Of course, sometimes work can be difficult, but for me, spending time with my family and getting away to recharge the batteries allows me to come back to work energized and ready to go.
In our family, we always talk about making memories no matter what we’re doing. I have three kids from 16 years old to 8 years old, and they are growing up faster than we would like them to. As parents, we realize it’s more important than ever to spend time together. A great new memory for us is the recent week spent at the conference and vacationing together. It’s a family friendly conference, so we usually take an extra day for relaxing, but this year we took an extra five days and had a blast! It was one of the best vacations we’ve had in years. We played, got sunburned and found sand in cracks we didn’t know we had.
Because of the conference, I had to stay somewhat connected to my laptop and cell phone every now and then. But I also wanted to be totally removed from work some of the time. Here are some tips I’ve found to help me with this.
To me, if you want to make the time with your family count, you can’t be on your vacation with a laptop in your hand and a cell phone on your hip the entire time. Thankfully, Sain Associates encourages this mindset and also believes that while work is important, it’s crucial to be grounded spiritually and in your family. If I had been constantly connected, we wouldn’t have made nearly as many great memories.