Thursday, August 11, 2011


I grew up in Michigan.  I love Michigan!  Though I have lived in Los Angeles for the past 22 years, every time I talk about Michigan I call it home.  So every year, our vacation is to... Michigan!

Grand Haven Pier
Our favorite memories each year are the food (Pronto Pup, Clover Bar, Fricano's, The Front Porch, and Sherman Dairy), the sights (on top of the sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan, the peacefulness of Spring Lake in the morning, the pier), but the real reason it is home is family!  We love seeing my mom, brothers and sisters, cousins and nephews and nieces.

The Maly family
What an incredible time to be with my kids and wife, just being together.  What lifelong memories those create for each of us.

I read a book a while ago that really hit me, Copy This by the founder of Kinko's.  He built an incredible business.  But he did things really differently than I was taught.  You should read it, there are a ton of good lessons.  But one that hit me back then was about vacations.  He talked about the fact that when you take vacation... take a vacation.

So often we tell the office, call me if anything comes up.  We jump on "important" conference calls.  We check our email as if we were still at the office.  And that was me!

But vacation is supposed to recharge our batteries.  Vacation is supposed to be uninterrupted time with our families.

Stop doing that!  Take a vacation!  Actually go away and don't check in at work.  Be completely away from all that stuff.

Your family will thank you!  Work will NOT explode without you!  And just maybe, you will go back to work excited, engaged, re energized!

PS Confession... I check my email 2 times during the 9 days.  I told my wife that was the plan.  I did it at night.  But still, it was stupid.  It all could wait!!!  Your family will not!