I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but for the last two years in a row—when I’m only a couple of days into blissful vacation—I’ve come down with something. Last year it was a full blown flu (I blame the outdoor shower at our Airbnb rental with 40 degree temperatures) and this year I got hit with a heavy cold the day after Christmas. I thought I just had bad luck, but after a little more thought (once my head was a little less foggy), I wonder if it’s my body having a reaction to how hard I’m working. Every fall and winter it’s no surprise when co-workers show up to the office with sniffles here and there, and usually I’m lucky not to catch any of that, but maybe once I finally really get to relax, my body stops fighting off all of that yucky stuff and just…well, breaks down. Being flat out for a few days is maybe a blessing and a curse. I certainly got a lot of sleep, and watched a lot of Netflix, but who wants an entire vacation in bed with a runny nose and a sinus headache? Hoping that for 2018 I’ll be able to get ahead of a full blown break down with a little more self-care all year round.