It's that time of year for holiday office parties and vacation time. All your clients are celebrating and playing Dirty Santa and scheduling their time off. You're husband (or wife) is having you bake Christmas cookies for them to take to work. But, you work from home and right now you're feeling a little like Rudolph not getting to join in any of the reindeer games.
I know how you feel. It's not easy being different this time of year.
One of my work-from-home gigs is that I'm the virtual office manager for a counseling group in Texas. They are a wonderful bunch of people and most times I feel very much a part of that group, but not around the holidays. They have an office party and visit each other's homes and go out and just celebrate like a close office family does. I, obviously, do not get to be a part of that since I'm in Tennessee. They don't deliberately leave me out, but it happens all the same.
What do I do? I treat myself. I go out for some coffee or shopping during the day when I would normally be working. I buy myself a little something and even though it isn't the same, just being out and around others in the holiday spirit lifts mine some. I also try to talk with each person I work with just to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Actually talking instead of texting or emailing makes me feel much more connected.
Not only do office parties abound this time of year, people are taking vacation time to spend with their families and just to take that much needed mid-season break. But, I work from home. I really don't have an excuse to take time off, especially if the holiday falls on a weekend like it does this year, right? Wrong! I didn't used to take time off for holidays. I would work right through, but now, if my husband is off, I take off. I deserve that. I work just like everyone else and even if the holiday falls on a weekend, I'll take off the Friday before or the Monday after and sometimes both. I need that mid-season break too.
So, you let that nose shine bright. Don't cover it just because you're different. Treat yourself, take time off and before you know it, you'll be back joining in all the reindeer games.
Comment below to let us know how you handle holidays working from home.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.