Why Vacation Is Vital

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What does vacation mean to you? A time to relax? A time to indulge? A time to just get away?
I believe that “vacation” isn’t defined by where you go, what you do or how much money you spend… vacation is a time to recharge. Sometimes vacation is a day off of your normal routine to allow yourself time to think, sleep, eat, process and plan, and sometimes it is a planned week away with people you love or by yourself to a preplanned place to where you can just “be”. As Jonathan and I have grown up, (with still a lot of growing to do ;) ) We have found that intentional vacation is more of a necessity rather than a luxury. A need for both of us to be able to connect with one another, away from the demands of business, relationships, schedules, etc… while all of those things are wonderful blessings in our life, we have also experienced them having the ability to suffocate our main priority, each other and our family. As hard as it is to “unplug” from things that we love (kids, family, friends, Get Fit, etc.) it always pays off. We come back rejuvenated instead of burned out by the grind, we come back more in tune to one another instead of both just doing our own thing and having a “business” relationship, we come back ready to nurture and love our boys rather than just hustling them around with us while we get work done, we come back ready to serve and love our Get Fit team rather than trying to get an agenda accomplished. We come back ready. Did I mention that it was and is sooooooo hard to leave? We felt like it was a full time job just getting things in order so that we could leave… to top it off 3 hurricanes were set to hit Maui while we were scheduled to be there, and I had people tell me to just reschedule our trip but come hell or high water I had PLANNED so much for this that I didn’t care if we were stranded in our room the whole time, “vacation” was going to happen, even if it didn’t involve being on a beach. (FYI, all 3 hurricanes missed the island and we had beautiful weather the whole time)

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I write this not to tell you about the details of our vacation but to encourage you to take time to take care of your most valuable asset. YOU. There are many ways to take care of ourselves, the obvious of eating well and working out, but what about your emotional self? I’m no expert in life transformation but I am real. I’m a real mom of 3 amazing boys, a wife to an amazing, loving husband, a small business owner with an EXTREME passion for the people I get to serve and I struggle with balance and people-pleasing. I don’t have it figured out and I need grace on a daily basis but I feel led to encourage you to take care of yourself today. Give yourself grace. Allow yourself to step off of the hamster wheel every now and then. We all get caught up in our “busy but not always productive lives.”
The best asset we can give to those around us (the world at large) is ourselves. If we under invest in ourselves: mind, body and spirit, we damage the very TOOL we need to make our highest contribution. Be intentional about taking care of yourself.
• Unplug from social media every now and then, stop comparing your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. Unfollow or unfriend those that cause you to feel less than or who breed negativity.
• Allow yourself time to take a nap. Sleep is proven to improve our clarity of thinking, our ability to make good choices, our ability to do our best work.
• Plan for a day of investing in yourself, whether that is sleeping, reading, listening to podcasts, investing in relationships that challenge and encourage you (stay away from relationships and people that drain you emotionally)
• Plan a vacation! Put it on the calendar. Stay away from hurricanes ;)
• Identify if you are an introvert or extrovert and plan accordingly. Up until last year I didn’t know what I was because I like people, I like being around people but someone asked me “Do you feel drained or rejuvenated after being around people for a long time?” The answer to that was easy! I feel drained, doesn’t mean that I don’t love it but it drains me emotionally. I’m totally an introvert. So time by myself is essential if I want to be able to properly care for and love others. It’s not selfish; it’s smart! (Although it can feel very selfish sometimes)
• Spend the first 10-20 min of your day investing in your emotional/spiritual self. Not checking social media or your email. Read a book, pray, journal… something that helps you stay in tune to your purpose.
I hope this post gently reminds you to take time for you. In our crazy world where busy-ness seems to be a badge of honor,
s l o w d o w n ,
enjoy your now.
“Without great solitude no serious work is possible” – Pablo Picasso

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life” - Socrates
"There’s a degree of God’s best that we find only in REST.” – Revelation Wellness

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