Hitting the Refresh Button!


There are several barriers to overcome in order to succeed in “solitary work” such running a small business, a home-based business or even telecommuting with a larger company (watch for a future blog post on this topic!) … but for me personally, the biggest issue is over-commitment to work.

I’m not bragging when I say that I have been known to be on the phone with a client at 1:30 a.m. to talk through website content; or working on the weekend to get a website’s SEO in place before a Monday launch. And while I view working in my jammies at all hours of the night a privilege, sometimes it gets to be overwhelming the way work consumes family time, quiet time and personal time.

In over 20 years of being self-employed in some form or another (16 of those as co-founder of UBU Enterprises), I often have to remind myself to hit the refresh button and carve out a little creative space. My brain works best when given time to roam … away from the computer, the phone, email and Facebook. Away from the constraints of making a living, and into the joy of having a life!

So it’s in that spirit that I share a few pictures of our latest getaway to Garden of the Gods in Colorado; and a contest to share the spoils of an afternoon well spent just goofing off!


There is a wonderful little retreat center called Glen Eyrie that is on the way to Garden of the Gods. We often drive through to look for critters, like this herd of bighorn sheep that we spotted right at the entrance. Many of the hiking paths are currently closed because of damage from the Waldo Canyon Fire, but the retreat center grounds and castle were spared and are still open for visitors.


Look at those horns!

While at Glen Eyrie, we saw a helicopter in the field, being refueled and getting ready for takeoff. We stopped to watch, and after takeoff the ground technician came over to talk with us. And he brought over a sheet of stickers for my boy. He told us that the helicopter pilot was about Shane’s age (4-years-old) when he first got interested in flying helicopters. And that the pilot was on his way to Aspen to help with a search and rescue mission for a lost hiker. What a treat for my little guy!


And then off to Garden of the Gods to enjoy the beautiful scenery, read some books at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and have a little snack in the café.




We even found some of my favorite chocolates – Spicy Cowgirl Chocolates seasoned with cayenne pepper – in the gift shop. And wild huckleberry lemonade!


So now you, dear reader, can share in these gastronomical treats we picked up at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post! The chocolate flavors included in the spicy truffles are raspberry dark chocolate, double dark chocolate, hazelnut milk chocolate, and cappuccino — each with a kick! And the wild huckleberry lemonade is, well, huckleberry flavored 🙂


Enter to win below!

Go ahead, enjoy an afternoon of snacking and goofing off! The UBU team thinks you deserve it!

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  1. Teresa Stricker-Pester  March 18, 2013

    A book, a bath, and knowing my family is home and safe.

  2. Amy Heffernan  March 18, 2013

    My fav way to relax is to pur a nice warm bubble bath with a glass of wine. TY!

  3. Kalona  March 18, 2013

    My fave way to refresh is music. Thx for the giveaway!

  4. Dwayne  March 18, 2013

    looks real good…..mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  5. Lisa T  March 18, 2013

    How to relax and refresh? Eat chocolate and take a nap!

  6. Danny Rubio  March 18, 2013

    My daughter and I and her friends really enjoy going to the beach (30mins away) on a Sunny Sunday afternoon.
    That’s a perfect way to enjoy the day and relax.

    Thank you…Single Dad Danny


  7. Madeline  March 19, 2013

    I love to read or take a hike.

  8. Mer  March 19, 2013

    I like to relax with a good book, a cup of tea, and some chocolate!

  9. Julie Thompson  March 19, 2013

    going for long walks or curling up with a good book thank you for the giveaway

  10. crystle tellerday  March 19, 2013

    watch tv

  11. Debbie Petch  March 19, 2013

    Curl up in front of the fireplace with my book, cats and hot chocolate.

  12. Megan Parsons  March 19, 2013

    A nice hot shower and then a great book!

  13. Maegan Morin  March 19, 2013

    My favorite way to relax is with a good book

  14. Karen Thaeter  March 19, 2013

    I love to take my camera,and wander around in the country taking photos

  15. Alison Braidwood  March 19, 2013

    I unwind in a hot bubble bath with a good book.

  16. Marlene V.  March 19, 2013

    To unwind — I like to cuddle with the dog and kids!

  17. Dayna Wilson  March 19, 2013

    Wine and chocolate!

  18. Jennifer B.  March 20, 2013

    A glas of wine and a hot bubble bath.

  19. Edna Williams  March 21, 2013

    A nice nap. Thank you!

  20. Kevin  March 23, 2013

    Favorite way to unwind and refresh is to spend the day at my trailer especially floating around the pool.

    Thanks for the giveaway

  21. jessica edwards  March 23, 2013

    book and a bath

  22. samantha oh  March 24, 2013

    my favorite way to relax is to cuddle up in a blanket and craft

  23. YVONNE WOODSTOCK  March 25, 2013

    My favorite way to relax that I do almost daily is
    I go for a short beautiful scenic nature walk (adoring the squirrels, birds, geese, ducks & cranes along the way – even seen a bobcat few times!) to our
    apt. complex’s awesome indoor pool with gas fireplace next to it and sauna. I swim laps SO MUCH FUn and relaxing all at the same time.
    Then I walk back to my apt and do self hypnosis.

  24. Elise  March 27, 2013

    I like to relax by watching a movie on Netflix with my boyfriend while enjoying a cold Michigan craft beer 🙂

  25. Melissa E  March 28, 2013

    my favorite way to relax is to take a quick nap.

  26. Dianne  March 29, 2013

    My favorite way to relax is to make some popcorn and watch a movie with my grandchildren. Add in a little chocolate and something cold to drink and there is no better way to relax.

  27. Aaron  March 31, 2013

    just put my feet up on the couch and watch a movie with a glass of wine and my girlfriends laying next to me.

  28. Tasha W  April 1, 2013

    I love to unwind with a nice hot bubble bath and a glass of wine. 🙂

  29. Andie  April 2, 2013

    I like to do mindless wordsearches to pass the time and keep my hands busy – otherwise I feel fidgety.

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  31. Wanda Bergman  April 5, 2013

    My favourite way to relax is by reading.

  32. eleanor  April 6, 2013

    My favorite way to relax is to watch tv or read a book and have a hot cup of tea.

  33. Cassie  April 6, 2013

    play with my kiddos

  34. Amanda Rauch  April 7, 2013

    Hot cocoa with whip cream makes everything better!

  35. Elizabeth Smith  April 8, 2013

    I like to take a long relaxing bath with epsom salts, soda and some lavendar oil. I read and listen to soothing music.

  36. Sally G  April 9, 2013

    I relax with a good book or some great music.

  37. Allison  April 10, 2013

    Beach bum!

  38. tina reynolds  April 11, 2013

    nap and a good book

  39. Cori Westphal  April 11, 2013

    I love a long walk or run all by myself!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  40. Taylor E.  April 12, 2013

    Bubble baths are the best !

  41. Heather Abbe  April 12, 2013

    Music and a hot shower.

  42. golden storm  April 12, 2013

    a long hot bath and a good book!!

  43. susan glazer  April 12, 2013

    take a shower, hop into bed, joined by my dog, and read a good book.

  44. Jasanna Czellar  April 12, 2013

    I love getting a good cuppa tea!

  45. Hannah M  April 13, 2013

    A hot HOT bath with bubbles, a nice glass of something and calming music 🙂 Always does the trick!

  46. Lilith Katz  April 13, 2013

    staying home and watching a movie

  47. BILL HOFF  April 13, 2013

    watch tv listen to music

  48. 409cope  April 14, 2013

    I like to relax in a hot bubblebath with a cup of tea and a good book.

  49. kathy dalton  April 14, 2013

    i love to have a goodcup of coffee and tweet contests 🙂

  50. Laurie Emerson  April 14, 2013

    My favorite way to relax is sitting down with a cup of tea and listening to my light jazz CD’s.

  51. liz l  April 14, 2013

    bubble baths!