Working Vacation

By Jill E. Wolforth

At the conclusion of our Summer Program, Coach Wolforth and I headed off on a twelve-day Mediterranean cruise.  We flew into Barcelona, Spain and sailed off from there.  It was a fantastic trip with stops in France, Greece, Italy, and Turkey.  I took more pictures than I thought was possible. Here are just a few:

I think you would agree they are truly breathtaking.

Although we take these types of trips to enjoy new sites and get some down time for the two of us, these trips are actually working vacations, but “working” in a different way.  Because we’re able to get away from the daily routine and step back from the “go, go, go” pace, we are able to think about the big picture as it relates to The Texas Baseball Ranch.  Specifically we ask ourselves, “What do we want to see happen over the next year?”  Most reading this will not be surprised to learn that there is a lot on the horizon. We’ll be updating and sharing that information during the next couple of months. 

Why do I bring up the Wolforth’s working vacation?  Simple. It relates to most, if not all, of our clients.  With the playing of year round baseball, players, coaches and parents frequently get caught up in the daily grind.  They sink into a monotonous routine, forgetting to get away, even if only for a short time, to evaluate their current path or perhaps to simply recharge their batteries. 

You’re probably familiar with the parable of the man who was too busy chopping down his tree to take time and sharpen his saw.  As outsiders, we hear this story and view the man as foolish, not understanding how he could overlook such a simple task that would lead to better results.  Yet many of us fall into the same trap with our training.

With this time of year being the off-season for many players, it’s a great time to apply this “working vacation” concept.  It doesn’t require a ship on the Mediterranean, although that’s a plus.  I’ve been able to accomplish the same thing sitting on my back porch watching the squirrels and cottontail rabbits go about their business.  

Find your own get-away spot, carefully evaluate where you are and then map out your plan for where you want to focus your attention this next year.   As the late Zig Ziglar said, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”


If you’ve never experienced the programs of the Texas Baseball Ranch and would like to learn more about us, please visit  We have several events on the calendar throughout the rest of the year and into 2016.

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