It's time for a Break


Me, resting, after my first 50K this month.

Every day I know I'm quite lucky to work on Trailspace, a site that melds my personal interests—getting outdoors and being active—with my professional interests—creating and sharing content with our community members. At times it can be hard work, but it's something I personally believe in and the members always make it worthwhile (thanks!).

But, everyone needs a break now and then—on the trail, during a climb—to rest and regroup and head out again stronger and more clear-headed than ever. So for the next two months I'm taking a short sabbatical from my role as editor of Trailspace.

I have no grand plans for my time off, and I deliberately have not pre-planned my activities (odds are they'll still include some trail running, hiking, and writing, perhaps even more than usual).

Rather, for one of the first times in my life, I'm being unplanned and taking the time to decide what I want to do next. (I expect there may be some withdrawal symptoms during the adjustment phase.)

I plan to be back at Trailspace in December. In the meantime, I know the site will continue to be served well by Dave, Seth, our community moderators, and you, our community members. See you back here in a while.


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whomeworry
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September 30, 2011 at 5:50 p.m. (EDT)

Withdrawal?  Heck I'm worry you'll grow to like it and then we'll be without your touch, here on TS forever!  ENJOY.

Ed

apeman
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September 30, 2011 at 6:57 p.m. (EDT)

@ Alicia :Thank very very much for all your hard work, insightful and informative writings.  Usually I find that my best times off and or trips are the ones with no plan's.  I find that I do best when I have only a beinging but no itinerary along the way and no end in sight.  I wish you the best on where ever your journeys take you and lead you to.  Have fun and I can't wait to  here about your travels and wondrous journeys.

trouthunter
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October 1, 2011 at 1:06 p.m. (EDT)

Taking a break is important to me, I know when I need one and I trust you do as well. I have always felt better after a nice break. Speaking just for me, my brain doesn't function well running full speed ahead without breaks.

Have a good time, enjoy a break, and thanks for Trailspace.

Alicia
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October 2, 2011 at 8:43 p.m. (EDT)

Thanks, guys. I appreciate the kind words.

It can feel like a bit of a selfish luxury to take a sabbatical, but as I've thought about and planned this I've also realized it's not only good and necessary for me, but will be good for the site in the long-run too.

Thanks!

gonzan
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October 3, 2011 at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)

Good for you, Alicia! 

 I am sure you will enjoy the time decompressing, and that spending time with your beautiful family without the demands of TS will be wonderful.

Best of wishes until your return. 

Caleb

bheiser1
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October 4, 2011 at 1:35 a.m. (EDT)

Thanks, Alicia, for all you have done to foster this community. I'm sure for all the parts we see there's a ton more behind the scenes that we don't see. Enjoy your break!

Callahan
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October 5, 2011 at 10:49 p.m. (EDT)

Don't forget to grab a Kit-Kat too.

Seriously well done and stick with it.

Patman
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October 6, 2011 at 1:41 p.m. (EDT)

Enjoy Alicia! And I echo the other sentiments: well done here but we need you to come back!

denis daly
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October 7, 2011 at 6:35 a.m. (EDT)

you have to comeback! Dont believe anyone has the vision of you and Dave and who could fill your shoe's? noone. Have a great break!!! Well deserved...

mikemorrow
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October 7, 2011 at 7:17 p.m. (EDT)

I'm with all the above! Have a good break.

Robert Rowe
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October 7, 2011 at 11:51 p.m. (EDT)

-Go for it, Kid ....

I just did it, myself ... for about a month-or-so.

MY favorite time of year ... beginning right after Labor Day.   Went surfing, mostly.   Long Island, NY ... Ocean City, MD .... Virginia Beach, VA.

Also, a week-long Yoga retreat was welcomed.   Lotsa "Yoga-Babes" didn't hurt, either.

Was getting a little bored here at Trailspace.   Good time to "recharge".

~ r2 ~

Wolfman (Wolfgang Greystoke)
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October 8, 2011 at 12:10 p.m. (EDT)

Have fun and enjoy the time!

Great little community you have going here!!!  I greatly enjoy the wealth of knowledge and opinions that the folks put forward.

See you after the holidays!

Wolfman

Alicia
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December 5, 2011 at 7:59 p.m. (EST)

Well, two months (plus) have come and gone and I'm back!

I appreciated the time off, and highly recommend the same to others if they can manage it, but am glad to come back to Trailspace with lots of ideas about how to support the site to be the best outdoor gear community around.

Thanks again for the kind words and well wishes.

Rick-Pittsburgh
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December 5, 2011 at 8:13 p.m. (EST)

Woo-hoo, Alicias back... Alicia rocks. Now I can start on all the emails/messages I have been holding back for the past 2 months...

Don't worry, I wrote everything down. :p 

Alicia
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December 5, 2011 at 8:48 p.m. (EST)

Rick-Pittsburgh said:

Woo-hoo, Alicias back... Alicia rocks. Now I can start on all the emails/messages I have been holding back for the past 2 months...

Don't worry, I wrote everything down. :p 

I eagerly await Rick's detailed play-by-play report of the last two months on Trailspace. It will be just like having been here in person.

f_klock
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December 5, 2011 at 9:24 p.m. (EST)

Welcome Back!

giftogab
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December 5, 2011 at 9:53 p.m. (EST)

Hope your recharged and refreshed!

Jake W
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December 6, 2011 at 6:53 a.m. (EST)

Whatever Rick said we did........we didn't. hahaha. This is like when you had a substitute teacher in school you got away with things, then the good students would tell the teacher upon their return of what you had done!

Rick-Pittsburgh
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December 6, 2011 at 7:31 a.m. (EST)

Wait a sec... Whatever Rick said we did? I notice the word "we."

I had nothing to do with it.... :)

Wolfman (Wolfgang Greystoke)
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December 6, 2011 at 7:58 a.m. (EST)

Welcome back!  I look forward to your renewed spirit and continued writing.  And as for those two ya who's, Don't worry the were properly disciplined while you were gone!  :D

Welcome Back Alicias

Wolfman

gonzan
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December 6, 2011 at 11:24 a.m. (EST)

Welcome Back, Alicia :)

(I neither confirm nor deny any involvement in any alleged misconduct, either present or future)

Alicia
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December 6, 2011 at 4:45 p.m. (EST)

Thanks again for the warm welcome back.

I'm sure everyone was a model Trailspace community member at all times...just like always.

azrhino
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December 7, 2011 at 12:11 p.m. (EST)

Welcome back Alicia, I hope you enjoyed your time away.

 

I'm sure everyone was a model Trailspace community member at all times...just like always

LOL..... yeah thats what it was ... yeah  :)

bheiser1
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December 8, 2011 at 1:29 a.m. (EST)

Wow, just a few days ago I was on the site, ran across something Alicia had posted, and wondered if she would be back. Welcome back Alicia!

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