Hey lovely people!
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how BUSY people are today – including myself. I have three jobs and still am always looking for more to do – and this is my SUMMER OFF!! Recently, I did go camping and found such renewal from my regular routine and wanted to share why it is important to get un-busy.
Looking around me, I’ve found that North Americans are so caught up in our work that we forget to take time off. We are so focused on excelling and success that we lose sight of our health and well being, including our relationships and our physical, mental and spiritual health. We don’t give ourselves permission to take days off and recharge – which actually makes us MORE productive, creative and successful.
We are labelled as a ‘no-vacation nation‘ and we need to change that. I believe we should reconnect on our days off and enjoy exploring new parts of the world. We all have busy seasons in our lives, but vacations throughout the year shouldn’t be an option – they should be MANDATORY.
I found that my trip to Greece for seven weeks gave me not only invaluable volunteering experiences, but allowed me to immerse myself in the culture, understanding the world better and the needs of other countries globally. Taking global insight and applying it locally is something everyone can do to better their own health and the health of others. I came back happier than ever, given I had time to meditate, explore, get out of my comfort zone, connect with new faces and make a difference.
Here is why it is so important to take time with your family, your friends and yourself on vacation:
1. Purposeful paths.
Taking your time to understand the different ways of life around you. Solving global problems might give you some insight into how to better yourself when you get home. I love ‘backpacking with a purpose’ – travelling and volunteering your time to make your vacation that much more meaningful.
2. Rest, reset and reconnect.
Give your mind and body a break. Relax on a beach, or go for a leisurely hike. Disconnect from your work and electronics, and reconnect with your family members, friends and even yourself while enjoying the beauty around you.
3. Sparking curiosity and courage.
Exploring new trails, new yoga studios, new juice bars and plant-based restaurants, and meeting new people, pushes you out of your comfort zone and allows you to be a child again and let your spirit run wild.
4. Smiling and sunshine.
Let your soul smile and hang out in the sun, soaking up some much needed Vitamin D while trapped inside of your air-conditioned office. I prefer going somewhere where I can sweat it out – detoxing my mind, body and soul.
5. Forget finances.
Money will always be there, but experiences won’t be unless they are planned and sought out. Time is invaluable, and spending it with those you love, not the THINGS you love is far more important. A change of scenery can give you the opportunity to share laughs, wisdom, and stories with those that matter most.
So I encourage you to start planning your next getaway, especially with the summer season upon us. Take time out of your busy routine to be with your kids, your parents, your friends, and yourself to indulge in journalling on the beach, snapping photos of your latest finds and helping in global communities where your talents and gifts can shine. Remember that you are so blessed – always be grateful and appreciate all that this beautiful life has to offer.
Peace & Love,
Jill – your veggie villager xx