One of the things I stand for is blurring the lines between work and play, so you can love all parts of your life.
I used to know viscerally what it was like to only love certain parts of my life-- like my friends, or acting jobs I got “on the side” (in my past career as an actress), while feeling gaping holes in other areas. For me, the biggest internal struggle was working jobs that didn't I love, especially jobs that didn't allow me to be my creative, fun loving self. I dreaded going “to work.”
Well, a lot of time and business-building adventures have transpired since then, leading to a recent, pivotal part of my journey. Ten weeks ago, my business partner and I (temporarily) moved to San Diego to play, explore, and soak up the sun.
I'm not the first “Lifestyle Entrepreneur” to do this and I won't be the last, however I'd love to share with you some of my biggest takeaways from our 10 week “Workcation.” (work + vacation = workcation).
See things fresh
Living for nearly 3 months in a new place without our old routines allowed us to see life fresh again. It was like taking a deep, soulful breath of air. We were even more present in your lives and our business work. We took breaks more fully. A walk along the ocean was a walk along the ocean. Working on a project at our away-from-home office was just that too. Everything felt inspired and new.
When you are in a new place it is almost irresistible to explore the terrain and see what adventures are waiting to be had. The energy created from these consistent (but always different) adventures were electric. They ranged from exploring various beaches, hiking the ocean cliffs, networking in a 6M dollar home (yeah- really!), making friends with a super cool restaurant manager, BBQ with new friends, connecting with the San Diego yoga community...we even rode a segway. 😉
Our trip was a great reminder of the importance of having fun on a regular basis.
See things fresh x 2
We truthfully didn't know what it would be like to return home to Portland after our San Diego adventures. It felt a bit like the end of a study abroad program, or summer camp. There was a feeling of loss as we started packing our bags.
I've only been back for a couple of days, but I can tell you the return has positively exceeded my expectations.
Now everything- in my hometown of decades- looks new again!
The greens of the trees have never looked greener and more vibrant. The blossoms have never looked brighter. Although it is much cooler here than where I was just a week ago, there is a crispness in each breath of air that is refreshing.
And while I am here, more present than ever before, refreshed and revived from my time in the sun, there is something from San Diego that will never leave me. It is the seed of possibility this experience has created.
It is easy to feel isolated at times as an entrepreneur...but that sometimes isolation is not a fixed reality.
What is more true is there are amazing people, communities, and experience just a plane flight, or car ride away. If you want it to be, the world is your oyster. You can choose to have access.
I had originally planned to write about how to use speaking to grow your business for this post, but I simply could not hold myself back from sharing my trip!
However, part of what made this adventure possible was finding away to grow my business that was effective and authentic...and I found that in speaking.
That's why, if you want to learn how to grow your business faster & easier, so you can do more of the things you want in your life, I want to invite you to this upcoming FREE training, “Speak your Way to Six Figures."
And no matter what, find your unique way to take adventures, have more fun, and keep things fresh.
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Now, I want to know:
- How do YOU blur the lines between work and play?
- What's your next BIG adventure?
Join the discussion! I’d love to see your presence in the comments below.