November 2015 found me looking back over the year and counting up the presentations and webinars I had done. It amounted to 62 total speaking opportunities, and I was tired.
I talked it over with Mr. Kerry, and told him I felt I should fulfill all of the commitments I had made through June 2016, but wouldn't accept any more throughout the rest of the year.
It was a wise decision.
I finished out at close to 30 by the end of June, and had a couple of more presentations in August and September, but I was officially done for the year. I took the last half of the year off.
I needed some research time of my own.
I needed some learning time of my own.
I needed to not wake up in a hotel wondering what city I was in.
And now, I am back! I am refreshed and raring to go. I am busy through mid-September, and have even booked presentations into 2018.
Let me tell you what I learned during these past six months:
1. I learned that I miss gathering with my genealogy colleagues, whether they be attendees or other speakers.
2. I learned that it is imperative that I continue to do my own research. This usually involves a southern trip with my sisters, which includes a lot of laughing!
|Sisters Betty, Fern, and me!|