This year I tried something new, bold and totally out of my comfort zone.
I decided that for the month of August I would work-cation. I would stay at my restful respite in the country for the month. I would have some time with friends, family and alone.
This was the first time I was taking a whole month away from the city. At first I planned to do my average amount of work, but then, as usually happens for me, because I love my work, I added a little bit more and then a little bit more.
Because I was so relaxed from getting daily dips in the pool, reading novels cover to cover in a few days, and watching the sky full of stars at night, I felt inspired to write more blogs and connect to my clients in need. I also recorded all the content for my upcoming video program, wrote marketing emails and was interviewed for three podcasts (get ready for more information about this fabulous program coming soon to your inbox!).
I stopped and asked myself: Am I overdoing it?
I felt pretty relaxed being able to balance work and relaxation, but was not sure if I was kidding myself. Then, I woke up one morning and pressed the button to my computer and heard crickets…..
It was broken, it was not turning on.
I tried all the tips from the internet and nothing worked. Since we are two hours from any repair shop, I knew I would have to be without the computer until I returned to the city. I laughed to myself and to my husband, whom I had just asked the night before, “Do you think I am working too much?” He did not know the answer, but clearly my computer did. My computer was telling me it was time to take a break. Take a pause.
I could use my phone for FaceTime sessions I needed to do and wrote this blog on my phone, but besides that I needed to take a break. So, in the blink of an eye, just as my work-cation became full of work it has become more full of rest. My computer winked at me, as if it was saying, “time to rest.”
The cool thing is that I listened.
I took the message and ran with it. I swam, read, laughed, slept and played cards more. I turned to rest.
Sometimes messages come in disguises. Have you ever had a message sent to you that you didn’t even know you needed? I would love to hear your experiences!