For the first time in over 7 years, I went on vacation. Not just a few days off lounging around the house but a REAL vacation. It was short (only 4 days), but it was both refreshing and much needed. Since I launched this blog in September 2010, I have basically been on the go non-stop. I work a full-time job with crazy hours, do freelance writing work, research/blog a minimum of 20 hours a week, and go out periodically to cover events, practice photography, etc., so when my family said hey, let’s go to the beach (Destin, FL to be exact), I was game!
I finished up some freelance work, packed my bags (I was up til 2 am) and for the most part, I detached. We drove, so I had time to talk with my family, doze off, and read magazines along the way, which was small but so great. When you have a lot on your plate, you don’t always get time to do the little things that you love; I have a huge stack of mags that sat in the corner for months bc I hadn’t had time to dig into them because I’m always so busy. Since I had completed all of my freelance + blogging work, it felt so good to just sit back and relax for a change. Sure I scrolled SM periodically but I didn’t really worry about posting anything; my time in FL was spent hanging out, laughing, eating yummy food and splashing in the ocean with my niece.
I have been trying to get back to the ocean since that last trip, so although I was cool on the outside, I was seriously giddy on the inside. My shoulders got burned (AGAIN), but I don’t regret it; there really is nothing like looking out into that vast body of water, feeling that breeze, and jumping into those waves. The water is so calming. Being connected with the elements, even for just a short period time, will absolutely recharge your spirit. Doing nothing can be inspiring. I know I have to make more time to do the things I love (outside of this blog), and breaks like that are much needed in order to stay mentally balanced and creative.
And while I’m back in the “real world” and miles away from the calmness and freedom of the ocean, I’m definitely going to take the time to disconnect from everything more like I did on the trip. Blocking time out in your schedule to refill your (mental cup) periodically is so very necessary.
How do you recharge?