Is It TIME For a Vacation?

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

We ALL need to work. It is a NEEDED part of our lives so that we produce income to support ourselves and our families.  Mothers tend the children and the home and most times have to work as well to support their growing families.

There comes a time when we need to rest, regroup and come back revived, rejuvenated and ready to pound pavement.  I’m sorry to say that it took me MANY years to realize that a vacation was in order.  I ‘thought’ that my clients, the office and my family could not do without me during a vacation time.

THAT’S what I get for that kind of thinking.  I was burnt and I was unsettled.  I needed the time to be with my grandson and my husband.  I needed to get away and just enjoy myself ….ME TIME.

It took my grandson to get me off this island and take a break.  I only experienced 3 weeks of his newborn life and they relocated to N.C. with my grandson in tow.  There was no way that I wanted to let those ‘Baby Brayden’ years pass me by ….and I just HAD to hold him while he was still a baby.


With my transactions covered by Randy Prothero and with my son Michael babysitting my English Cocker, Shadow, we left for N.C. on Valentine’s Day and arrived there the next evening. My husband and I spent the best 9 days of our lives together visiting our grandson, daughter Dori and son in law Alejandro. 

We even drove up to Washington, DC to see the Capitol (everyone but my husband had never been there), White House, Smithsonian and more. The next day we traveled to Pennsylvania to see Gary’s Grandma and Great Aunt Lo and then to Virginia to see the National Museum of the Marine Corp. We drove back to Jacksonville, NC and the only ActiveRainer I was able to meet was Carol Smith from Raleigh, NC who took the two hour drive to Jacksonville to meet me and my family.

We had a blast with our grandson, Dori and Alejandro…and it was well worth the LONG  trip from Hawaii to North Carolina and back. With aches and pains and jet lag too…we were back at work last Monday after arriving safe and sound back in Honolulu on the 25th.  (it takes a full day of travel there…and the same coming back). 

We walked back into our home with a different outlook. It was a realization that BOTH of us were workaholics and that we needed to MAKE time for US.   Our work lived without us. Our dog lived without us.  My clients were well taken care of by a trusted agent. They all lived without us…for a few days.

We are making plans for our next vacation to one of the other islands next year….ALONE.

This just may be the start of something big.

Time for just ….US.





Enjoy the show….just a few pictures of our experience on our first vacation together in our ten years of marriage.  And.....MORE PHOTOS


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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Mary Borth &

What a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing the pics and glad you had a GREAT vacation!

March 07, 2012 09:47 AM
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty *

Great looking family... Glad you made time to spend time together.  You're right we all need some down time now and then.  Come to think of it, Debbie and I are due a get away!

March 09, 2012 05:13 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi
Palm Harbor Florida Residential Real Estate
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Vacation time with family is what heals the soul and keeps us doing what we do!

March 10, 2012 06:16 AM
Jeff Dowler CRS
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
Solutions Real Estate


What a wonderful vacation you had, made even more special by time with your husband and visiting your daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Thanks for sharing your special times with us. What wonderful memories.


March 11, 2012 04:47 PM
Debe Maxwell
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods | Savvy + Company Real Estate

Oh my gosh, I just had to come back and watch that slideshow and realized that I hadn't commented here!!  I am so happy that you enjoyed your vacation--you SO needed it, Sally!  I'm sure Randy manned the business just fine for you and hope that this shows you that you can easily do this again SOON.  (And, that means coming through Charlotte to see Jason, Jen and me next time!!)  

March 23, 2012 08:18 PM

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