A few weeks ago, my family went to Maui for 2 weeks of fun in the sun.
To say it was a breath of fresh air is a massive understatement. It took a few days to mentally unwind from the work. (And it took a week to mentally get back into it!)
I was fairly unplugged (smartphone only, no laptop). Hardly wrote or read at all. Couldn't even type when I got back (seriously, it was gibberish for the first day). Here's a taste of my biggest ahas from two weeks in paradise.
1. Be flexible about getting what you really want
We were originally supposed to leave on a Tuesday (so my husband could attend a Megadeath concert, that’s right, a Megadeath concert). It made sense in December when we booked everything. In March, it made NO sense whatsoever (a U2 concert would be a different story). At the last minute, we moved our departure date from Tuesday to Sunday. Best. Idea. Ever. Now we had almost 2 full weeks in Maui.
The takeaway: Your time is limited. What needs a “NO” so that you can say “YES” to something even better?
2. Is the pain worth the gain?
YES! Getting to Maui from Boston is not for the faint of heart, or those short on time. We cashed in miles for free tickets. And free means you get what you get (and you don’t get upset, as they say in preschool). That meant 3 flights, 13 hours of airtime in the back of the plane. (Thank you to our sponsors, Biscoff cookies and My Little Pony on-board videos, for keeping the 5 year old content enough.)
If it came down to it, I’d travel in the cargo hold to get 2 weeks’ vacation in Hawaii. The payoff far outweighs the inconvenience of traveling. When it comes to cost, I’d rather have a crappier travel day with 2 weeks in Maui, rather than a first class travel day with only 1 week in Maui.
The takeaway: Is the thing you think you want worth the ups & downs of making it happen?
If not, something is out of whack. Either you’re not sold on your intended result OR you’re not sold on how you’re going it about it. (More on this topic soon...)
3. Small & elegant is the way to go
We stayed in a condo that was only 550 square feet plus a large ocean-view lanai. The kitchen was literally the size of a large coffee table. It was so efficient, I could cook in half the time because I was standing in place. That meant more time to soak in all the beauty around me - magnificent sunrises, black sand beaches, and family time. Bigger isn't always better. Smaller isn't always a sacrifice. Determine what's most important to you, and design the solution from there.
The takeaway: Is your ______ (fill in the blank – kitchen, business, customer experience) designed to make your life easier and more beautiful?
4. Unplug to identify your essentials
Unplugging from tech, combined with a stunning ocean view, gave me the space to figure out what’s important to ME. The barrage of marketing we are exposed to – paid or organic – is simply astounding. Until they were absent for almost two weeks, I didn’t realize how often I saw messages that I wasn’t a success (by somebody else’s standard). Each day I felt more free to explore what I wanted, rather than unknowingly let the internet crowdsource my idea of what's essential to me. I'm back in the driver's seat now. And it feels really good.
The takeaway: When it comes to deciding what you want, whose voice is loudest? Is it yours?
Mahalo for reading,