The word ‘vacation’ comes from the root word ‘vacare’ or ‘empty’ –like vacuous or vacate or vacuum. (Have I ever mentioned that I’m an etymology nerd?). I love that the word for vacation actually means empty–an empty schedule, an empty head–free of concerns, empty hands–free of tools…My little family has been on vacation for the past week in Palm desert with my remarkable mother-in-law–and just in time, too. Just when I was starting to feel a little too full, so full that I couldn’t cram much more into my head, hands, or schedule, we got to vacate to enjoy the open desert air, warm baths, long walks, games, family time and just be vacuous for a few days. Emptying out once in a while is so key, because you cannot fill a full vessel.