You guys – it’s almost the end of 2014! Can you believe it? I certainly cannot, but coming around to the idea that yet another fantastic year has passed. It’s been a wild ride all 12 months, and now I’m hunkering down for a good set of vacation weeks before the new year starts. But there’s a problem – how can I possible settle down and “do nothing” for a whole 2 weeks without feeling completely desperate for achievement!? Here’s my version of settling down without completely shunning the overachiever in you:
1. Schedule stuff: I don’t care what it is, but schedule some things for you to do while you’re on vacay. You’ve probably already done some of this, but I swear it’s calming to pencil in things like exercise class, a trip to the library, and an hour of career brainstorm for coming year.
2. Breathe through it all: there’s a ton of fuss around the holidays and with the cold, the stress, and the exhaustion, I’m not one to embrace the chaos. That said, it makes a huge difference to breathe through all the noise. Take mini breaks, give yourself a break, and be kind to others, it’ll help more than you know.
3. Look forward: wanted to take that hike or bake those cookies since 2012 but haven’t had the time? Do it now. Having things to look forward to is huge for both vacations and work mode. Peruse your Pinterest boards or think long and deep about what matters to you, and then go do a few of those things.