Planning Your Next Vacation

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When’s the last time you went on vacation? When’s your next one planned? Sometimes life happens between trips and you either reminisce about past ones or dream about new ones. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what if life felt like a vacation?

Remember the commercial where two people are laying out in the sand relaxing on a deserted island? Life may never feel like that, but the idea of “freedom” does. Most of us work long hours with the hope one day we’ll be able to sit, relax and spend time with loved ones during retirement. But what if you have limitations when you get older? What current opportunities are you passing up instead of living in the moment? How would you live differently if you knew you were going to die in a year?

Sounds extreme, but it’s not. Money gives us this false sense of security, but it could be taken away as quickly as your health. You have a choice today to spend it the way you want to. No one is in control of it except you. That’s why I designed this 8-week online bootcamp geared towards achieving work life balance. During this course, not only will you learn about “carpe diem,” but you’ll actually live it!

Baby Steps

Having a toddler at home makes you appreciate the small things in life.

Our daughter doesn’t plan much, communicates when she wants to and expects our attention at all times.

One thing that amazes me is how much progress she has made since she was born. In the moment it’s easy to forget, but when you look back at old pictures/videos it’s quite impressive.

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I remember when she took her first steps. She wasn’t overly excited like her parents were or possibly even coherent about what just happened. She acted like she planned for this to happen for a while. Reminiscing about that time, reminds me the lesson(s) we can learn from her:

  • Goals are much more achievable if you break them into baby steps.
  • The next time you’re feeling down, look back and see how far you’ve come.
  • What may seem meaningless to us, can be inspirational to others.

It’s so easy to focus on what we don’t have. Where we should be. What we haven’t accomplished. You can choose to focus on the negatives, but what if you stopped dwelling on the past/became anxious about the future and instead enjoyed the present? 

I think my daughter’s simple, daily pleasures come from her mom. My wife has an uncanny ability to enjoy the moment. In fact, it’s influenced her husband at times (I’m still impatient though).

So today instead of looking forward (future) or backward (past), just take baby steps. Before you know it, you’ll get there.