'I haven't had a vacation in years'

When you're running a business on your own, it's tough to take time off.

I'm the only employee
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Name: Katy Kassian, 48
Company: Buffalo Gals Bakery and Country Store, Regan, North Dakota
Last vacation: 2010, Oklahoma

I chose the name Buffalo Gals because I felt it showed that I was rustic yet capable. I use my grandmother's biscotti recipe to help supplement my family's farm income. My company has about $20,000 annually in sales. I supply 10 coffee shops and espresso businesses in North Dakota. Other people find me online.

Even when we're calving or making hay, I'm not far away baking cookies or making handbags. We're planning to add a store to the farm where I'll sell my crafts and my baked goods.

Part of the reason I can't vacation easily is the farm, though farm life slows down in December and January when it's too cold to plant and the animals aren't giving birth. Another challenge is my business. I'm the only employee, so if I were to take a substantial vacation, it would take some serious planning. My last break was a five-day trip in 2010 when I went to my son's Army boot camp graduation at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

I'm 48 now, but when I turn 50 I'm planning on taking a two-week vacation. My husband and I will drive to Amish country in Pennsylvania and come back on Route 66. I've always wanted to stay in a wigwam in Arizona. There is so much to see and do in the United States.

For now, I relax by reading on my porch. I just finished "Women of the Northern Plains."


- Last updated August 09 2013 12:45 PM ET
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