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A day off?

Recently we've talked about event apps, how it feels to attend an event and our updated website content among other things. This week I wanted to share something more personal with you.

Is it possible to have a day off when you run your own company?


Every year of my working life I have taken my birthday as a day's holiday, taking great joy in setting my out-of-office and diverting my work phone to voicemail. I'm sure this stems back to when I was a child and my parents instilling in my younger sister and I that birthdays are the one day (and closest weekend) of the year when everything is about you, just you and no-one else. I'm sure it sounds slightly self-absorbed to some but over the years I have met many other people just like me who revel in the one day a year when it's okay to have ice-cream for breakfast, cake for lunch and wine for dinner if that's what you choose.

This year of course, I am in charge of the business I work for, it's my company, my destiny. The buck stops with me (and my co-director) and if something is missed then there's no-one else to pick up the slack. So on Friday, as it was "My Day", did I skip my tradition of taking the day off? Did I decide that my birthday no longer deserved celebrating? That it was less important this year?


I stepped away from my desk and spent the day with my partner enjoying the Christmas markets that London has to offer. We wined and dined and enjoyed a fabulous day together (which seems to have become more of a rarity since starting GMG). I didn't have my out-of-office set, I didn't forward my phone to voicemail; in fact I was issuing invoices whilst drinking my morning coffee and had a marketing meeting over pre-dinner drinks.

But do you know what? I loved every minute of it. When you run your own business it's not just a job, it's a way of life. A life that you've chosen because you're passionate about what you do and what you have to offer.

I don't think I'll ever really have a day off again now and that's quite alright by me. In fact, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Written by: Jayne McFahn