I deserve a mini-break

Dear Dorothy,

How are you, dear? You might be surprised to hear that I have packed my bags and taken my kiddos off on a mini-break to the Dutch coast. You know I love the seaside. It always does me good to get my head out into the fresh air and soak in some vitamin D.

I have been working a lot lately, both for my clients in Digital Analytics, as well as for myself, upskilling my certificates and learning new stuff. Now I’m dead beat. I think I’ve overdone it a little. You know what a perfectionist I am. So I decided to take it a little bit easier this week. Of course I’ve packed all my electronic entertainment: two laptops, iPhone, iPads and the works. I will continue working on all things digital for BNP Paribas Fortis, but all other clients are going to have to take a back seat this week. Also, I’m feeling very brave when I tell you that I will not look at one single online course whilst I am out here. No sir, not this girl.

You see, if I continue working at the pace I was keeping before heading out here to the seaside, I am sure I will end up in a burnout sooner than you can say pop. I also need this time to spend qualitatively with my kids. Reconnect to the joy and love of life.

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So what have I been doing so far? I have spread my feet in the sand and gotten my feet wet in the waves of the cold sea water. I have walked and chatted with my kids. I have enjoyed a a world-class meal at the hotel’s restaurant. We’re staying in the Zuiderduin Beach Hotel again in Westkapelle. You’ll remember how much we loved it last time I came out here with the baby and my boyfriend. I got a great mini-break deal which includes a daily three-course meal and bike rentals. I wouldn’t ever dream of passing up an excellent deal like this. I’ll share daily updates on our latest adventures this week. I’m sure this will leave you itching to click “book now” too!

Anyway, of course I miss you lots, but that is nice. I just needed to get away for a bit. Don’t you think it’s deliciously fun to get away and miss people. This makes it all the sweeter to see you all back when we return back home. I love it!

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This past weekend, I went to the cinema with a girlfriend who was telling me all about her dating life. And then she asked me how I was doing and what was new in my world. She wanted to know all my juicy gossip, but having spent my entire time working and learning, I then realised that I am worn down by life’s challenges, frustrated as fudge, and on my last fraying shred of hope. I had nothing new to report.

Finally, I decided it was time for a mini-break. I only have five days to make this work and I am asking myself “Okay, sounds amazing, but honestly – can one week really change my life?”

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I am continuously thinking about the mountain of to-do’s and obligations I am juggling as a single mom and entrepreneurial business woman. About how many online webinars I’ve attended recently. How I just feel like maybe it might already be too late for me… My abundance wave rolled right from under my feet.

And it got me thinking about just how seriously hard it is for us women to invest in ourselves. Especially when there’s no immediate ROI in euros. Just a bunch of credentials waiting to be noticed.

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You know it can be hard to find your clear and solid yes to join in the fun of life. I tend to get too caught up in being a perfectionist.

Why? As women, most of us swim in a sea of indecision, where our “logic” seems at odds with our intuition, and where we struggle to hear our truth – never mind follow it. Women have been taught to shut down our feelings and instincts, and listen intently to the expectations of others.

Getting my butt into my car and driving my three kiddies down to the beach actually took some ovaries. For once I might call it a leap of faith. Instead of listening to my head, I’ve listened to a feeling, an inner whispering of my body and my soul.

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Like, maybe I can’t even put my finger on why I am going to go for it – but something here just calls to me. There is some intuitive knock at the door. There’s a pull.

But then the other part of me has a zillion and one logical reasons and explanations on why not to come.

Here’s the thing: there is immense power in dedicating an entire week to exploring myself, my life, and my world from a different paradigm, a different perspective, inside a feminine lens.

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I’m hoping this week will show me how to reconnect with that extraordinary intuition that I possess.  I want to remember my joy, radiance, and passion. I want to master a brand new paradigm for getting what I want, with less force and struggle. Tap into the game-changing power of my emotional truth, and how to leverage it. Experience real motherhood. And a whole lot more.

Know this: if you can get myself out to the beach every day, it will be worth it.

I’m committed to enjoying an incredibly rich, deeply valuable, and transformative holiday experience. One I’ll look back on as a game-changer, where I’m glad I listened to that inner voice that pulled me forward. The me-who-compromises steps aside and allows the real me to take the reins.

Now more than ever, it’s time to rise up and actually live the legend I am born to be. It’s time to stop playing small and harness my truth, my power, and my innate feminine brilliance.

In order to do that, I’ve got to take a bold step. I’ve got to machete my way through the jungle of to-do’s and obligations, and take a leap.

Can one week really change my life?
Yes. I promise it will.

PS: Dorothy dear, would you drop by my house tomorrow and check on my AirBnB guests? Thanks darling!

 

What do you think? How do you gift yourself? Let me know in the comments below.

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