A much needed escape from reality

White beaches, blue water, and 85 degree weather for 7 days with absolutely zero work!  I made my way down to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for my first real ‘no work’ vacation in two years with my mother. It’s been 10 years since I’ve first been to the Dominican and I must say it is definitely a favorite!

The first couple days we spent in the mountains & jungle learning about the Dominican culture. Sugar Cane, Rum, Cigars, Coffee, Coco… oh and let’s not forget Mama Juana, the local cocktail concocted of red wine, honey, rum and herbs. Dangerously delicious!

Zip lining through the jungle included 12 lines over 2 miles and over 2,500 feet high. One of the lines went over a river and then there was a double line where you can race a partner. I lost the race. The guys working the lines were great and so friendly!

The best part by far…. relaxing whether it be on the beach or poolside. Our last excursion was a basically a spa day in the middle of the ocean. We had massages, floated on a mat in the middle of the water and even had a detox (apparently I’m extremely stressed- shocking).

This trip was a wonderful mix of adventure and relaxation! The one thing I have learned is that throughout the year, I need to regularly make time for myself without any work so that I don’t burn out. Now it’s back to the snow and a great line up of spring projects!

Big changes for 2015!

Instead of writing my typical holiday posts, I choose to simply enjoy the holidays with my friends & family and put work on the back burner for once. I spent time going out to dinner with friends, shopping, and just taking in all that the holidays have to offer. I’m basically a 5 year old when it comes to Christmas and guess what? 5 year olds do not post blogs about what they are up to.

In 2015, I plan on being selfish personally & professionally. Ok how is this even acceptable as a goal? I look back on the past few years & realize that I allowed my calendar to rule my life as I made it my mission to sacrifice personal time for my company. Well, 2015 is the year that will all change! Well… sort of. Instead of focusing on ‘building’ up my company, I’m going to be focusing on my brand, it’s values and overall vision.

Personally, I plan on making more time for me. It’s my ‘Golden Year’ which means I’m turning 27 on the 27th! Woo! This may have sparked the ‘Year for Me’ mentality. I don’t plan to strive for a ‘balanced’ life but a more healthy one where I focus on taking better care of myself physically & mentally. I hit that wall where my mind & body hate me and I’ve lost that drive and motivation because I hadn’t given myself time to regroup throughout the year.

Less of this                                                                               More of this

                               

So how do I plan on making this big change? I have created a list! Imagine that, a planner making lists.

It’s my hope that a year from now, I can pull out those lists & see all that I’ve accomplished and set out to do, actually happened.