by Sherri Goldman, Administrative and Finance Director

Sherri - picture to use with blog postI feel so renewed and refreshed – I’ve just returned back to work from my summer vacation.  As I was planning my vacation, I began to think of all the good and necessary reasons for getting away. I get so caught up in my responsibilities at work and home that for a moment I was even contemplating if I even had the time to take an entire week of vacation. However, after taking a deep breath, I realized that going on vacation is critical to my well-being. I was looking forward to re-connecting with my family, slowing down my frantic weekly routines and giving myself the time and space to reflect, both together as a family and just for myself.

We vacation every summer on Long Island, NY, where my husband and I grew up.  The third week in August, we drive down to visit with family and friends and spend lots of time by the water.  Ever since my children were very little it’s always the same. The moment we arrive, it’s a contest to see who is the first to jump in the pool; to connect with water.  Immersing ourselves into the water seems to be the ritual beginning of our summer vacation.

The water seems to be essential to our vacation. For me, it has the power to relax and rejuvenate; to make me think of my life in a spiritual context. The pool, walks on the beach, collecting shells and rocks along the ocean, reading a book in my beach chair, is all surrounded by water. Water gives me the power to reconnect and communicate with my husband and children, and most important to me, to re-install calmness because our daily lives are so busy and hectic. Spending time in the city can be fun and exciting, but it’s around the water that we always seem come back to having fun at being a family.

I think for some visitors who come to Mayyim Hayyim, the hour or so spent in our living waters might also be like taking a (mini) vacation by the water.  Mayyim Hayyim offers a time away to be alone, to de-stress, reflect, re-focus and reconnect, on, with, or for yourself.  Immersing in the peaceful waters gives a little break, so as you walk back down the pathway to everyday life you can feel spiritually refreshed and renewed to take on whatever is next.

My annual vacation at the water was perfect.  I’m refreshed, renewed, relaxed and ready to get back to work.

Sherri is responsible for managing Mayyim Hayyim’s financial and office operations, including accounts payable and accounts receivable, financial reporting, and building management. Sherri holds an M.B.A. from Suffolk University and is a registered Notary Public in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Sherri also serves as Treasurer of the Medfield Music Association, supporting music education in the Medfield Public Schools.