I’ve discovered the best way to start the New Year (aka New Cycle)! I just returned from a magnificent week’s vacation at the beach, and I feel rested and rejuvenated. I didn’t feel extraordinarily tired beforehand or even that I needed a vacation. After all, I live in a beautiful part of the country and my home and garden has a sense of “being on a retreat,” or at least that’s what many of my friends and clients tell me!
But I’m a super busy woman between clients, teaching, office work, business development, creating new projects and doing lots of work around the property. So maybe my body was just a bit hungry to not do anything, because by day four of the week vacation, I was finding myself waking up from naps! Now, I do not normally take naps but my body sure surprised me by the number of times I would wake up when I’d been reading or just watching the waves.
I had this intention that I was going to get caught up on my inbox, get some writing done for my new website, and brainstorm ideas for promotion of my new project. But I discovered that my head just did not want to wrap around anything having to do with thinking and doing. So I let go of the feeling that “I should” and I went into total vacation mode. I can tell you now that it was the best thing I could have done for myself. On the drive back home from Mexico I found myself feeling like I had made a huge leap of faith; that I really could step away from the long list of things to do and all would be okay.
So I’m back and the list is still there – it didn’t go anywhere! But in a few short days I’ve taken care of a number of things on that list. I’m finding that everything seems more manageable, mainly because my mindset has changed. And I’m rested. I’m also recognizing that my own energy work is much more effective because I’m starting with a body that experienced “true letting go and balancing.”
My moral for this “story” – it’s necessary to give ourselves time to just be, to relax, to rest, to restore and to rediscover balance. And we shouldn’t wait for a specific vacation. It is so much better if we give ourselves frequent mini vacations – even if it’s just a few hours here and there to just be quiet and rest. This week I’m using my self help energy flows as my mini vacations and I’m finding that my Baja vacation is still happening – or at least my body thinks so!
Take a look at these sunset pictures! I definitely did not take any naps during those glorious moments!
Wishing you an awesome, happy, productive, and successful New Year!! And hoping you find ways to take many vacations this year!