This post is being brought to you by the new and improved Calm Carrie just coming off of a ridiculously relaxing vacation.
Lloyd and I just spent a week in the infamous retirement town of Boca Raton, Florida. We stayed at a recently renovated resort that was located right on the beach and was the perfect spot for our post-CPA/engagement celebration/summer vacation that I’ve been anticipating for a loooooooooong time. (Side note: We did attempt to visit the Del Boca Vista Phase III, but, unfortunately, we were unable to locate it.)
In case you hadn’t noticed by my numerous complaints and rants on the blog, the CPA took a lot out of me. More than I ever expected. In college – to put it simply – I owned. I plowed through 18 hours of Accounting, Business, and Spanish classes each semester with internships and a busy social scene on the side without so much as a second thought of it all. School had always come very easy to me.
But, when I started studying for the CPA, something didn’t click. I struggled from the beginning. I lost sleep from the first night I cracked the books (Which, by the way, had never ever been a problem for me before. Prior to the CPA, I could have come away from the Sleep Olympics with gold medals in endurance, strength, and skill if there was such a thing.). I had trouble balancing the new 25 hours per week recommended study schedule and spent many nights lying awake in bed considering giving up the entire ordeal.
But I didn’t. I pushed through despite all my struggles. Physically and mentally, I haven’t felt completely relaxed since I started the process. Even after I passed, I still felt rushed and stressed. On top of that, I got engaged and started planning a wedding.
Anyway, I knew I needed to get away. I knew I needed to turn off my phones, computer, e-mail, twitter, mailbox, and blog, and recharge myself to my pre-CPA capacity.
Low-key, slow-moving Boca Raton was the perfect answer.
We spent an entire week eating, snoozing, sunbathing, reading books for pleasure, and playing and frolicking in the waves of the Atlantic. With each passing day, I felt more and more of the CPA anxiety that had engrained itself into me slowly seep out of my body. By the end of the trip, I’d wrung my body almost completely dry of that stress. The test finally started to seem like a distant memory. (Side note: The CPA Exam process was totally and completely worth it. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Yes, it was grueling; but, it has made me stronger and better. Nothing wrong with that.)
It was, hands-down, the most relaxing week of my life. Well, at least since I became an adult, because, let’s face it, age 6 is pretty relaxing when all you have to worry about are dollies and popsicles.
I’m back. I’m relaxed, rejuvenated, recharged, and, most of all, happy.