Why do we all need a vacation? Seems to me that it would be obvious to take all of our vacation however that’s not always the case. In Canada there is a mandate of 2 weeks paid vacation, plus an additional 5 days of Statutory Holidays as well, which means there is a lot of time for at least one vacation a year. A recent study found that 26% of Canadians didn’t use all of their vacation time – many because they had too much work. Now that I have returned from a real 10 day vacation, I can assure you that time off is critical for everyone – whether you are an employee or a business owner. Have you already planned or taken your vacation this year?
Gratitude Tip: It’s easy to be grateful for vacation time, especially since our neighbours to the south have zero mandated time off and no stat holidays. We are given the gift of taking time to connect with family, friends, nature and exploring our world. Vacation time is necessary for the soul and for our own personal growth, without time away from our job or business, we can easily burn out and lose our creativity.
I have just returned from a 10 day vacation with my family, visiting my sister and her family and my parents in British Columbia. This is the first trip in a long time that I have truly let go of my laptop and it was phenomenal. It’s tough for me to completely shut off for 10 days, however I even allowed myself to take some time off blogging, which I had been doing every day for over a year without any significant time off.
Here’s why I believe we all need a vacation (without our laptops).
- Creating connections or deepening our relationships. There is something very special about being present on a vacation. Even though we all took a lot of photos on our trip, I found that I posted much less often on social media and I was more selective with my posting, as I didn’t want to spend too much time on my phone – I wanted to be present.
- Allowing space for creativity. When our days are filled with work and other activities, it’s hard to make space for creativity. Our mind needs time to stretch and to see and do new things. Having the opportunity to visit new places and do new activities is great for creativity. I allowed myself to enjoy the new sights and scenery, as well as the joy that my daughter and nieces found in their daily adventures.
- We need to let go. You’ve all seen the quote by Seth Godin, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” And it’s true that I have a life that I don’t feel like a need to ‘escape from’ however we all need to let go. This is especially true for business owners. It’s so hard to let go of your business – even when you’ve created a residual income. I know that many of my very successful network marketing friends have a tough time letting go (except for Pat, she and her husband took 6 weeks off in June/July to walk across Portugal), mostly because we are super passionate about what we do. Letting go can be tough, but it’s essential.
- Time off our daily schedule. I am a huge fan of a daily routine, especially how we start and end our days. Being on vacation allows us to change our schedule and hopefully, play each day by ear. We did have many different outings and adventures planned, however we never had to be anywhere at a particular time so there was lots of flexibility. There are two things I chose to keep doing on holidays – waking up and praying, and ending my day with my gratitude journal. Everything else will start again today, including daily blogging.
- Making an effort to try new things. A vacation is great time to try something new. And every time we try something new, we never know what we can learn. Although I didn’t do a new activity, I did have the chance to visit several new cities and enjoy a beautiful drive from Vancouver to the Okanagan. Being surrounded by mountains makes me very happy. With a few beautiful lakes and an ocean nearby, it was stunning scenery for ten days straight.
I have a few other trips planned for 2016, one of the perks of my business is that I get to combine travel and business several times a year. This was our family focused vacation, and even though we are going to Costa Rica in November, it’s a reward trip from USANA so it won’t be the same (it will be phenomenal, just in a different way).
Would you agree with me that we all need a vacation every year?
Vacation is OVER! One thing I didn’t mention is that we tend to eat much differently when we are away from home. Although I continued with MySmartShakes in the morning, I ate a lot of foods that I normally don’t (a lot of corn!!) and more sugar than I am used to. I do feel like I need to reset before I head away again a few weeks after I get home, I’ve decided to the the new 7 Day MySmartStart Program starting on Sunday Aug 14th. It’s the newest program from USANA and I did back in June when the program was first released and we’ve had groups starting weekly. The great thing about this program is that you are doing 2 smoothies a day, 2 healthy low glycemic snacks plus one low glycemic meal, so it’s a program that can be repeated on a regular basis (unlike the 5 day program that was best done no more than once a season, or our 30 Day Whole Body Detox which is a once a year program). Would you like to join me? Take a peek on my website, www.supplementsburlington.usana.com (look under diet & energy tab) – you can even create a custom program! Already did the 7 day program? Great! You can simply purchase a bag of your favorite protein base, a box of bars and the USANA Supplements and you’re all set to join us. *We’ve already got two people committed to joining us!
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