Monday Mantra: “We travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us.”
Every year around this time we get that itch to pack up and head out of town. The ocean was calling us, so we hopped a flight to Mexico with the promise of sunsets and tan lines in our future. It’s so important to carve out relaxation time into your schedule. Your workload may be heavy and your bank account may be low but relentlessly grinding at your work will leave you tired, overworked and overstressed.
Here are the 5 things we learned from our vacation:
1. You don’t need an alarm. We were so excited to be in such a beautiful setting we didn’t even have to set our alarms to get up in the morning. Our favorite moments of the day were sunrise and sunset and our internal clocks woke us up so sit and watch the sunrise with coffee and the sunset with a cocktail. When you’re excited about your day your body automatically tells you it’s time to get up.
2. Say “Adios!” to the agenda. Who says you HAVE to have an agenda when going on vacation? We decided we wanted to take advantage of doing absolutely nothing and that’s exactly what we did! We traded swimming with dolphins and going on excursions for laying on the beach and taking in our beautiful surroundings. Simply enjoying the scenery was enough.
3. Put your phone down. We made sure we didn’t sit on our phones all day. It seems ridiculous to scroll through Instagram when there was a beautiful ocean staring directly back at us. Reserve some time for your social media and then leave your phone in your room.
4. Don’t overdo it. We decided we were going to eat what we wanted during our trip and not freak out about putting extra calories in our mouths. By doing this, we found we ended up making healthy options anyways. Vacation shouldn’t be an excuse to binge eat. We ate when we were hungry and enjoyed the occasional side of bacon with our breakfast if we felt like it that day.
5. Live in the NOW. This one is always challenging. We focused on enjoying the moment instead of rushing our vacation away. On our last day, instead of being sad that our vacation was coming to an end we focused on enjoying our last moments with the ocean. Why be sad something is almost over when you can focus on the fact that it’s currently still happening.
We hope you have a great week Brave family. Whether you’re ocean-bound of not, we want you to try to implement our five tips sometime this week. You don’t have to be on vacation to practice them!
Lindsey + Amber