Why taking a break can bring more motivation.
Two weeks ago I took a 10-day vacation. I love my job. Seriously! Half the time I don't even feel like I’m working and I get to hang out with amazing women all day. Socializing & working out - that's my perfect kinda day.
Even when you love your job, you still need a break from your everyday routine. You will find once you are gone for a couple days, by the end of your trip you are excited to get back to parts of your everyday life like waking up early, making healthy meals with tons of veggies (why are veggies not a thing on vacation? lol), staying hydrated, getting a good night’s sleep in your bed & getting to see all your amazing clients.
Vacation makes me excited for all the little things we get so sick of doing, like laundry. But most of all, vacation makes me want to come back and work harder. My career & clients are very important to me and giving them my best is essential. If you have been following my journey you know that I’m serious when it comes to Sweat Pretty - I have big ideas for the future. I can’t even believe how far I have come and I can honestly say I’m proud of myself for never giving up!
I needed a change of pace and some time off to get motivated and to remember why I do what I do.
Recharge. Visualize. Miss my everyday life.
Don’t be afraid to take some time off - we all need it. Treat yourself. If it means you will do your job better, take the time off. It’s okay! All of your work will be there when you get back!
Tips to taking a recharge vacation:
Take a trip in your slowest time of the year, not at your most busy time. You do not want to be distracted by your to-do list.
DO NOT BRING YOUR LAPTOP! You are on vacation to relax, not work here and there.
Don’t overdo it. Take naps and walks, and enjoy good food and drinks. NO WORKING OUT. You need to rest the body and the mind while on vacation to fully relax & restore.
While traveling to your destination (flying, driving) think about what you want to work on during your vacation and what you want to change. Jot those down so you can revisit your goals again once your home. I’m going to focus on using 15-20 mins a day to keep learning about pilates so I can continue to grow.
Bring a good inspiring book to read. I brought Girl Boss. Great book highly reccommend.
Keep reading if you want to hear a little bit about my vacation!
Vegas: Josh had never been to Vegas after being 21 so we thought it would be a great way to spend our first five days. Hang by the pool, drink, eat, walk, maybe gamble. We gave our bodies a break and only walked on our vacation - a whole 50 miles!!!!! We slept in, took afternoon naps, ate at nice restaurants. Josh got me addicted to Black Jack. We would be up by 80 dollars and then - just like that - lose it all. We came out in the negative but we had such a blast doing it. We shopped a little, and of course only bought at Lululemon. Spending time just Josh and I was so nice.
Montreal: Was amazing. It had a similar feel to Europe with the benefit of not having to travel so far. From everyone speaking French, to cobblestone roads, to adorable little cafes. I could have spent more time there. Every meal we had was outstanding. And of course, I got to wear a jacket, scarf and boots!!! I’m such a basic. Montreal got their first snow of the year, and not to sound cheesy, but it was magical! We walked around a lot checking out everything including going to mass at the Notre Dame. The choir was beautiful… which was all in French. My favorite part of my trip was this cute little cafe around the corner from our hotel that had the most amazing hot chocolate! It was fun to sit in the window people watch and just enjoy the moment. I would highly recommend Montreal - just don't go when it’s too cold so you can enjoy the city.
Life is short, time is fast, no replay, no rewind, so enjoy every moment as it comes.
P.S. Next week I’ll be sharing big new on Sweat Pretty! 2017 is going to be a great year!