When was your last true vacation? What was it like? If it was hectic and focused on organizing and entertaining family and friends it can be more exhausting than rejuvenating. Or even worse, you can’t even remember your last trip that wasn’t for business or to visit relatives. Vacation is not just a fun thing to do, it is a prescription for a healthy life. The Latin root of the word is vacate roughly translated to vacate an area, to go away from it or to empty yourself from your daily life.
Travelling can be transformational to our mind, body, and spirit, yet many people stockpile weeks of unused vacation time because they are too busy or cannot afford to get away. If your intention for the New Year is to become an unlimited woman, consider travel as a vehicle for letting go of old thoughts and behaviors and trying on new experiences and perspectives. In the months to come, I urge you to take a trip just for you - where you vacate your daily routine to rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore
What would make you heart sing right now rest, exploration or inspiration? If you want to travel, why aren’t you? What are the obstacles (time, money?) that are holding you back? Be intentional. Ask for what you need and plan the time and resources to invest in yourself. You deserve it.
You can start small - like spending the day away... at the beach, mountains, or art museum. Just be sure it includes space to unplug completely and breathe. Or, it can be large like a trip to an international destination to explore and experience new cultures & perspectives. Large or small, travel can be transformational to our mind, body and spirit. This is especially important for women. Whether we are care-givers or business women (and we are often both), women often invest less than men on travel and vacation. Yet the need to come away and rest awhile is so important to a healthy mind, body & spirit.
In the New Year, I urge us all to take seriously the safety warning we hear on every airplane from flight attendants and consider it a metaphor for spiritual well-being.
Put on your own oxygen mask before attempting to help others. Unless we are refilling our physical and spiritual resources, we can only be of limited service to others. Unless we vacate our daily routines occasionally, we limit our opportunity for new ideas and inspiration.