I know what you might be thinking — why are you working on vacation in the first place?! Fair question, but hear me out! When I work on vacation, my definition of work, changes. Rather than spending my time doing social media or answering emails — typical work stuff, I put that away and use vacation as a time to work more creatively.
Our past trip to Mexico was no different. After a few days of sitting on the beach and reading, I found myself feeling creatively energized, so I took advantage! But I wondered, if I find myself wanting to work, is that okay? I was aching to take pictures, ponder life, write and just let that present moment happen and take me wherever. I decided that I couldn’t ignore that, so instead I just changed how I work to make the most of the ideas and thoughts floating through my brain.
So guess what I did? I wrote, and I wrote and then I wrote some more! I had purposely brought a journal and pencil with me and I’m so glad I did. It felt good to write like this — it was so much less structured than how I usually do my writing. I could switch between writing a story to scribbling down a different idea that popped into my head. I haven’t gone back and read anything that I wrote yet, and who knows, it might all be a bunch of crap, but maybe there’s a few good stories in there. Either way, it felt so good to step outside my boundaries.
It wasn’t all work though! I also took long walks on the beach, swam in the ocean and read a few books, which reminded me how good reading is for my creativity! I think mixing up my day with fun, relaxing activities and sprinkling in short bursts of work is what made everything come so easily.
My mom and I also took advantage of the warm weather and shot a bunch of new looks for the site (more on this swimsuit in just a second). We spent our nights drinking cold beer, laughing and talking about life — the serious stuff and the fun stuff. It was such an amazing trip, even though it was only about 4 days.
I think the real reason I don’t mind doing some work when I’m on a vacation because I’m fully relaxed and my mind has more room to wander.
Vacations like this fuel my work and I’m so thankful for that. Granted, I know that my job is a bit unusual and maybe very different from yours, but I still think that everyone can benefit from working creatively on vacation. Maybe you have a side hustle or hobby that just needs some stimulation — working a bit on vacation might be the thing that gets you re-inspired!
Let’s talk a bit about this suit! I can’t tell you the last time I wore a one piece swimsuit (maybe when I was 8?) but with all the unique swimsuit styles that have been coming out, I had to try one. I fell in love with this Seafolly one piece from Wala Swim and have been counting down the days until I got to wear it!
It has nice coverage and the fabric is sturdy, but my favorite part is the high neck! I’m small chested and this higher cut was far more flattering on me than a super low cut suit. I also loved the back, because anything with a fun open back is up my alley — did you see my wedding dress?
If you’re a usual bikini-wearer, have you tried a one piece lately? I loved this suit and felt very elegant while wearing it, which seems weird to say about a swimsuit, but whatever! If I’m going to do some work on the neach, I might as well look good while doing it, right?
I came away from our trip feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and a whole heck of a lot more creative. Do you work when you’re on vacation? Does your creative side come to life? Or do you put it all on the shelf and just enjoy the break?