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Hit the Breaks

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

Your don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens. -- Mandy Hale

I start my vacation today. Vacations are an amazing opportunity to relax, to begin self-care practices, to complete chores undone. Each time I begin vacation I think about the 1000 things that I’d like to do. I list out the tasks, chores, and activities that I hope to accomplish and begin my roller coaster ride. I don’t think I’ve ever had a vacation where I’ve ever completely slowed down. I’m not sure that I know what that feels like. I would’ve thought that Covid would’ve given me the opportunity to slow down enough but it seems it worked on the opposite for me. I feel like it has in someways reminded me of all of the things that I want to do. So for this vacation, I am planning to get myself more focused. I am planning to look at my priorities and allow them to chart the course for me. If they have me sailing forward more slowly then that is how I plan to move. If it has me moving quicker towards my goals, then I am going to allow the wind to take me where I need to go.

Many, many years ago, someone told me that it is important to create a life that has so many happy moments in it that you did not need to take a vacation from it. I was young at the time that I heard this and I didn’t appreciate how wise that statement was in the ways I can now. How important it is to create quiet moments in our day, mini retreats within our weekend, enjoyable dinners and unforgettable conversations with those we love. These “mini vacations“ are a way that we can find restful moments and bliss within our every day so that we do not find ourselves depleted at the point that we are going on vacation. I wonder to myself all too often, Will I ever perfect this? Will I ever figure out when or how to hit the breaks??? Ahhhhhh..... I suppose we are forever a work in progress. How about you? How are you doing in creating any retreats in your day and mini vacations in your weeks? I would love to hear!


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