Sometimes our professional and personal lives often blur and the pressures of being constantly connected can sometimes feel unrelenting. This makes the idea of "stepping away" from work sound almost like a luxury — an indulgence that we might not always feel entitled to. But as I recently discovered during a trip to the Caribbean, stepping away is not only a luxury but also a necessity for the mind, body, and soul.
Over the past four days, I found myself aboard a ship, surrounded by the vast expanse of the blue ocean, with my husband and family by my side. Although work did beckon at times, with emails to answer and deadlines looming, I was determined to take this time to pause and breathe. I embraced moments that were unscripted and unplanned — from three-course dinners with views of the shimmering waters, to watching my grandsons delight in the pool, to simply sitting on my balcony, getting lost in the rhythmic dance of the waves.
For someone who's always in a constant state of motion and creation, this deliberate pause was transformative. While I can easily juggle ten tasks in an hour, thanks to what I suspect is ADHD, this whirlwind of activity, though productive, can also be anxiety-inducing. It's essential to recognize that our brains, like any other part of our body, require downtime to rejuvenate and reset.
Stepping away from work isn't about abandoning responsibilities or neglecting duties. It's about granting ourselves the permission to live in the present moment, even if it's for a short while. It's about recognizing the magic in little things — the joy of a grandchild's laughter, the mystery of a towel buddy that appears every day, the sweetness of ice-cream melting on your tongue.
When we allow ourselves these moments of pause, we return to our work with renewed vigor and clarity. We're reminded of why we do what we do and what truly matters. It's a subtle but powerful shift in perspective, one that can only be attained when we distance ourselves from the constant noise and demands of our work.
So, as I reminisce about the breakfasts in bed (a special thanks to my dear husband for those!), the sounds of the ocean, and the delightful company of my family, I urge everyone to find their own ways to "step away." Whether it's a short vacation, a weekend getaway, or even just an hour in the park — make the time for it.
Because in those moments of stillness, we rediscover ourselves. We reconnect with our passions, our loved ones, and the world around us. And we are reminded that while work is an integral part of our lives, it's the memories we create, the bonds we forge, and the experiences we cherish that truly define our journey.
Here's to family, fresh air, flavorful food, and the moments of pause that make life truly magical. 🌊🍦🛳️🌴🌞 AND another cruise in September to Alaska!