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Vacation, Motivation and the Donut Nation

Dear Members and Constituents 
What possesses us to abandon the comfort of our routines (work, home, even Friday Donuts) and head-out on vacation? That was the question running through my head last week as I explored my old stomping grounds at Yellowstone National Park. Why endure the afflictions of travel delays, adventuresome restroom experiences and unfamiliar-sleeping-surface-induced insomnia? After some thought, I’ve concluded it’s a tapestry of motivating factors –blended and weighted to the right proportions for each individual. We do it to please, prove, pump-up, learn, yearn, earn, escape and/or check-the-box (for ourselves or others). We may be trying to please or prove something to ourselves or others. We may try to exercise our bodies (pump-up) or minds (learn something). We may yearn for the good old days and visit places that trigger fond memories. It may be purely financial (to earn a buck) or we just need an escape from the routine. Finally, while I understand the human need for bragging rights (done this; been there), I’ve been trying really hard to ensure “checking the box” is an after-thought and not the focus of my experiences.

I suppose a similar range of drivers can be attributed to Friday Donut Club members and your participation in this little club of ours. Whatever your reasons, Yuko Aoyagi (donut girl) delivers the goods. So don't just sit there analyzing your motives, act now.

Happy Friday!


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