What I learned on vacation

I just had 10 glorious days of sun, fun, and more! A short trip home was followed by a week in the Florida Keys. Vacation gives us a chance to gain perspective on our everyday life. Yes, we’d all love to sit by the pool and sip cocktails instead of working but for most of us that’s not practical, so how do you take the “feelings” of vacation and apply them to everyday life? I thought about this everyday while I was away and I think I have the formula!

1. When wearing a bikini everyday, WORKOUT.

There is nothing more motivating then baring your midriff to the world and sipping a sugary cocktail. Vacation is all about RELAXATION but my favorite time to workout as actually on vacation. I have no agenda, I don’t have to squeeze it in, and usually I’m somewhere beautiful that makes a run or a walk seem less daunting. The workout always sets my day on the right track and then I don’t feel guilty for indulging in yet another margarita!

2. Don’t plan your whole day out.

I’m a scheduler. I have to be in my career because I don’t have a normal 9-5pm schedule. My calendar on my phone is like my private secretary. On vacation we tend to plan one or two things for the day and leave the rest up to chance. I know, I know, life doesn’t work that way there is TOO MUCH TO DO! I ask you this, at the end of the day, what did you do that made it a great day? Maybe THAT’S what we should be scheduling in.

3. Getting “prettied up”.

Do you find that you only get a pedicure when your going on vacation? Why do we do that? Getting “Prettied Up” shouldn’t be saved for the times we are away. If it makes you feel good to get a manicure then find the $15 to get on every other week or even every month. We reserve all those things to look good on vacation but what about just for this weekend?

4. Disconnect.

On vacation we shut down the phones, the computers, the IPODS, etc. We disconnect from everyday and rightfully so, you’ve earned it. When people tell me they don’t have time to take a vacation, I cringe. In fact I was just having this conversation with someone and asked them, “Why do you spend so much time working?”, her answer, to have things and do things. Hmm…….. I need to be honest on this one. If you don’t take time to disconnect from everyday
 you will burn out. It doesn’t have to be a week away. Take a night away. But EVERYDAY you need to find a time for yourself to disconnect from everyone and everything and just be YOU in that moment.

5. Take time to listen.

This is so easy to do on vacation because we are disconnected from everything else. Did you just hear what your husband/wife/kid/friend just said? I didn’t think so. You were too busy reading this blog. My point is that we only half pay attention to whats going on around us for most of our days. We are multi-tasking maniacs that are trying to “get it all done”. I ask this, whats more important? What your child just told you about her teacher or the text message from your friend about Brunch this weekend?

At the end of the day you need to live a fulfilled life. Being fulfilled means something different to everyone. If you haven’t taken a moment for yourself today, if you haven’t laughed out loud in a while, if you haven’t turned off you cell phone in two years. DO IT NOW! Before it’s too late and you miss your whole life.

In Health and With Grace,

Tricia

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