A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to go on vacation for 3 days. It was the first time traveled without my laptop this year which felt incredibly foreign to me but was much needed. Since I started blogging full time last June, I have become a workaholic without a doubt. It’s hard for me to not be “on” - whether it’s email, conference calls, creating Instagram content during a meal, I just keep going.
But everyone needs a break.
Because I am my business, it was tough to put on a vacation responder and delegate what I could to not to do ANY work. And if I’m being honest, I still did a little bit of work (only for 30 minutes though) when my assistant had a question and to post a scheduled Instagram post for a brand partnership. However, I did not touch my inbox once. It eventually accumulated to a little over 100 emails, but for peace of mind, it was worth.
3 days of hanging out on the beach disconnected from social media and email taught me that it’s ok to be human. It’s ok to admit that you’re tired, that you need a break, that you need to be “off.”
The world is not going to end if I don’t Instagram about moisturizer for a few days. Email - believe it or not - will be there when you return. And social media is fun and entertaining, but not a necessity. If anything, being away from those things for a few days made me appreciate them more when I started using and doing them again.
Self care is not optional. It is necessary to become the fullest version of yourself. Success is only truly valuable if it’s lead by happiness. It’s ok to stop and refill your tank. Not only is it ok, it’s mandatory.
This was the first vacation I had taken in over 2 years. I will ensure that it’s not that long again. Vacation humanized me. And effective immediately, I’m choosing to prioritize my personal humanity.