Disconnect. Unwind. Recharge.

Yes, I took this pretty photo…

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast — you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”  Eddie Cantor

I have been purposely quiet, indulging in some “slow living” and “slow travel”.

If you have been following me for a while, you can guess where I am but I will drop a few hints along the way.

It’s my first “vacation” since the world was turned on its’ head and since my life has shifted into a weirdly different dimension of the universe.

To be honest, the thought of taking a trip was NOT on my radar but when people outside of my inner circle started dropping hints that I should take time off work, go “somewhere” and disconnect for a while, I realized that they were seeing something in me to which I was denying.

With a leave without pay from work, some unused Airmiles, a few new T-shirts and a new bathing suit (because there was no way the old ones would ever fit), I dusted off my suitcase and headed to the enchanted island for an extended period of time. 

And I’m very glad that I did.

For the first week and with no “to-do” lists, I felt like a fish out of water but now…

My day always starts with an early morning mug of Cafe Rico on the balcony and is sometimes followed by a walk on the beach. Breakfast includes an excuse to indulge in a few slices of pan sobao while perusing emails and making a few calls. Then, off I go to the playa where I lie under the same coconut tree, read a novel, sip on tamarind juice and find myself napping until my stomach growls.

22 seconds of a typical day in my “right now” life…

I head inside, make myself a simple lunch, check my cell for missed calls and texts (I don’t take it to the beach) and then I make the hard decision between repeating the morning routine or doing something I never have a chance to do while I am at home.

Every few days. I make a run to the supermercado, spend the afternoon meal prepping while listening to a salsa-flavored playlist or a podcast about the craft of writing.

The day ends with a long warm shower to rid myself of the sandy remnants of any negative thoughts that may have crept into my mind.

Dinner on the balcony with an ice-cold glass of something (that is not tamarind juice) while maybe, just maybe, having the perfect view of an impromptu display of fireworks.

Not sure what these fireworks were for but thank you to whoever was responsible!

A few phone calls later to check in with the real world and then I am off to bed. 

Then, I wake up the next day and rinse repeat. For some people, this would be super boring but for me, it’s just what I need. 

Work, life and ambiguous loss are waiting for me so my only goal is to return home more rested and revitalised than when I left.   

Even with the ripple effect on my finances, I am consciously “choosing me” right now. Because if I don’t, not only will I suffer in the long run but so will those who depend on me.

In my last newsletter, I talked a little about the level of “clarity” I have gained by stepping away and I look forward to gaining even more in the coming weeks.

I even think that I can envision what “creative living” could look like for life when I step back into the real world.

Friends, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day, find a way to step away, take a deep breath and give yourself some grace.

Until then,


2 thoughts on “Disconnect. Unwind. Recharge.

    1. Thanks Kathy! I was also happy to see how much JOY you had during your destination birthday vacation!!! Yes, I’m glad that I decided on some extended time away. It is well worth it and I will 150% be doing this again!


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