Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday's Flashback: Madonna's "Holiday"

Happy Friday, you and I made it through yet another work week. I'm also excited to report that I'm one day away from a much needed vacation to the island of St.Martin, also known as St. MaartenThe tiny French-Dutch island of Saint-Martin, covering just 88 km², is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, shopping, outdoor excursions, casinos and bingo (a local favorite). It will be a second visit for my mom, sister and I and is part of birthday getaway for my mom. 

While I do enjoy the fall season, it will be nice to relax and enjoy 80 degree days and be thrown back into summer mode even if it us just for a week.

Planning for this vacation, got me to thinking about the fact that most Americans don't go away for vacation and that many people in the U.S. only get two weeks a year compared to our European counterparts who get a least a month. Part of this has to do with our value system. Europeans get more time off, but make less money (seems like they place a higher value on time outside of work) compared to Americans who typically earn more money, but take less time off even when they have it.

I personally value both and struggle to find a happy medium. I wish I had more vacation time. I want to have a strong income  and grow it, but I've come to realize that money isn't everything and at the end of the day you can't take it with you.

In honor of my vacation I have to shout out my girl Madonna! Even though she's been a Friday Flashback her song "Holiday" fits perfectly for this week's flashback. Have a great weekend and see you back here next week!

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