OK, if this is a Christmas blog in December, most of January is going to be about the trip of a lifetime, sorry not sorry.
Despite some intense personal stuff going on before I left and leaving work at a super busy time, I was able to (mostly) successfully unplug and compartmentalize a bit so that I could enjoy my vacation.
One of the times I talked to my mom, she remarked how relaxed I sounded.Â
Walking down the street in Airlie Beach, I was on the verge of happy tears and felt so lucky â€” that I was able financially (we booked everything separately and not at once, which REALLY helped as far as affording a huge trip like this) to be there, that work let me take this time (and I stillÂ carried over nearly three weeks vacation!) and that I was with one of my closest friends, and we understand each other well enough to travel really well together.
When I came back, I vowed I would hold on to that vacation high as well/as long as I possibly could. The jet lag of crossing 16 time zones on the way back definitely helped for the first few daysâ€¦but after a stressful week back at work, hereâ€™s what I found helpful.
Unplugging When Possible
Without a doubt, one of the best parts about vacation was not having to check in with email. I took my work email off my phone (though Iâ€™ll admit I did pop into Slack a few timesâ€¦) and put up an out of office on my gmail too. I did buy a SIM card in both Australia and New ZealandÂ so my family could reach me if they had to, but I tried hard to conserve data, and oh yeah, I slept on a boat in the middle of the Whitsunday Islands for two nights, so I had nearly two full days with no service.
Now that Iâ€™m home, Iâ€™m trying really hard to capture that magical unplugging feeling. Iâ€™ve been putting my phone on airplane mode on runs and havenâ€™t really been wearing my Apple Watch. I love it to death, I truly do, but attaching myself further to technology definitely doesnâ€™t contribute to anxiety at all, nope.
Chilling on the Tracking
Speaking of. The one time I ran on vacation (also at Airlie Beach, see above), I came back and Meg asked how much Iâ€™d run. â€œI donâ€™t know? I didnâ€™t track it.â€ â€œWHOA, are you ok?â€Â
No need to torture myself running â€” on vacation orâ€¦ever? Having struggled running last year, I honestly and truly really appreciate any run right now. And as much as I love seeing stats on my Apple Watch of how many calories Iâ€™ve burned, I know I can certainly get a little obsessive over it.Â
Look atÂ Vacation Pictures
Oh look, hereâ€™s me and some sheep.Â
But, reliving those memories puts me back in that mentality, even if just a bit.
OK, can we all agree that planning is half the fun of a vacation? Studies even prove this happiness bump! So, while Iâ€™m not in a position yet, on multiple levels, to actually plan my next trip, doesnâ€™t mean I canâ€™t daydream!
Looking for Something Good in Every Day
I should also do this â€¦all the time! But every day, Iâ€™m looking for somethingÂ good, something that will make me happy or I can look forward to. Today: I took an amazing class at Yoga Vida (the instructor was Kajuan Douglas, whom I HIGHLY recommend!) with a few blogger buddies followed by brunch at Union Fare.
Tomorrow: I have an NYJL event, and I have a medium amount of stuff scheduled next week.
Until I book that next tripâ€¦Â