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I need a vacation so desperately. However, unlike everyone else, I don't get to take my vacation during the summer because of the nature of my job. You see, I am a Director for a college preparatory program that prepares high school students for higher education. During the summer component of the program, the students have a six week residential program which allows them to stay on campus and have the simulated college experience. My summers, for the last three years, have been spent dealing with teenagers (oh, the joy...) and working extended hours. The weeks leading up to the program are grueling, with all of the last minute issues that must be addressed, no matter how much planning is done in advance to avoid them.

Despite my exhaustion and a chance for a short escape before the start of my summer program, I turned down a weekend trip with the girls to Atlanta. I really could have used the get-a-way, but I decided to hold strong to my 'Go Green' Challenge. I will reward myself really handsomely at the end of the summer.

In regards to the spending plan, I am well within my $40 a week. During the summer, my program pays for all staff and students to eat 3 meals a day in the cafeteria. Therefore, my daily frivolous spending has been eliminated.

All-in-all, I'm still on track to meet my challenge throughout the month of June.

11 Comments:

  1. Cash Only Living said...
    Congrats on staying strong! I too want a vacation so bad I can taste it but I have pretty much pledged to myself that I won't go anywhere until September so I can pay off some remaining debts. A group of friends are in Vegas this week then Hawaii the following week and I am...at home. I'm glad I'm not the only one suffering through a no vacation summer! :)
    Divine and Debt Free said...
    I am glad you stayed strong too!!! we should start a no vacation club lol. I turned down a trip to Los Angeles in July and that HURT BAD, but deep down I knew the trip would cost way more than I need to be spending, my friend was talking about shopping, spa days, dinner ect... and that doesn't include the $350 air fare. I told her I am sorry but I had to pass.

    I have two trips planned this summer already and that one was last on the list and so the joy of being responsible is prioritizing.

    I am going to a family reunion in July and the Joyce Meyer womans conference in September, Im staying strong for debt freedom!!!

    I am so proud of you!!!
    Young Mogul said...
    Yeah, it hurt...but if I would've broken the challenge I would have been compelled to tell the truth on this blog. The blog is serving its purpose of keeping me accountable because without it, I don't know if I would have resisted.
    The Asian Pear said...
    You stayed strong and true. So pat yourself on the back. Maybe when the timing is right, you can go on another mini-vacation. Sounds like you earned it. :)
    Everyday Tips said...
    I could actually 'feel' how much you needed that little break. I kinda feel bad that you didn't go!
    Willow said...
    Go you! Or rather Stay, you! Congrats to you for Staying Strong to your goal.
    aspiringminimalist said...
    Congrats for staying strong. I hope you reward yourself at the end of the summer! :)
    Annienygma said...
    It is hard to stay strong when you really want to do something. Perhaps there is another way you can relax and reward yourself?

    The hard part about deprivation is that if you pull the strings too tight they will break and you go on a binge that is worse than if you loosened the strings a bit.

    This is a lesson I often have to remind myself.

    Congratulations on your resolve and your successful determination to keep to your goal.
    Betty Jo said...
    I soooooo need a vacation! But, alas it simply isn't in the plans at present. Congratulations on keeping to your goal. You have an awesome blog and I enjoyed reading About you.
    Young Mogul said...
    Thanks everyone for the comments! I really wanted to take the trip, but it really wasn't in my budget and I would have just wound up feeling guilty afterward. Also, the trip would have been a go, go, go, type trip and I want a relaxing get-a-way. I'm thinking a solo cruise with a couple of good books.
    Rebecca The Greeniac said...
    You Go Girl! Way to stick to your guns! I used to do similar work and I can totally relate to how exhausting it can be. Plus it doesn't help that everybody you meet says "Oh, that must be so much fun!" Not that it wasn't fun, just that it's not like you're hanging out with the kids all day!

    You know, for many years the people I worked with all took expensive vacations all the time, and I never did... I generally took my vacations at home with the phone off the hook. I guess I just figured I'd rather spend my energy on building a life that I didn't feel like I wanted to get away from. So now they're all still working their rear ends off and I feel like I'm on vacation every day!

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