I learned this philosophy first from my Father. His advice was to create a life you don’t need a vacation from. It’s that difference between living to work or working to live.
My dedication to you as a Happiness Coach is to pass on the advice I’ve learned. Today I am sharing 3 ways to create a life you don’t need a vacation from.
I started applying these early in my life and have made heroic changes to allow myself to keep living in this manner. If I can do it so can you.
Simplify Your Life.
Get in the Right Frame of Mind (all the time).
FIRST: Be Flexible
Think about the qualities and conditions of the places you like to vacation in regularly. In order to open up the circumstances of living like you’re on vacation you must be flexible enough to move from where you live now. Also learn to be flexible in what you think you “must have” as part of your regular lifestyle. For instance, do you really need 19 choices for Milk (or milk substitutes) when you go grocery shopping? If you’re able to be a bit more flexible then consider moving somewhere that affords you the qualities of a vacation place, if not as many milk options. As far as what you do to make a living, is it possible to be more flexible in “how” or where you do this work? Could you consider telecommuting, or other work options that let you be more open to living in places you love.
SECOND: Simplify Your Life.
Take inventory of what are the “must haves” in your life and lifestyle. Now update your personal monthly, annual budget. Look to see where you’re money goes. You’d be surprised when you look honestly at what your must haves are and where your money goes there are usually places where you could streamline. By that I mean there are a lot of budget items that are “nice to haves” but you don’t need them. Start there in simplifying your life. When you weight out your happiness and whether or not money buys you happiness it will come clear that you don’t need at least a third of what you have. And certainly the aha moments come when you realize the must haves that you love about your life cost little to no money like watching a sunset, being able to live year round in flip flops, going for walks on a beach.
THIRD: Get in the Right Frame of Mind.
What is the greatest difference between our home life and our vacation life is often the way we think. I was married to someone that would become a different person on vacation, I loved that guy, he was easy going, peaceful, relaxed, fun to be with. What’s your day to day attitude towards making the ordinary things more extraordinary? On vacation we will have the mindset of being more open, adventurous, fun loving, active. Why not try living with that same frame of mind at home. Make every day a vacation by changing your attitude towards it. Instead of going to the same places over and over, get curious and drive a new way, walk more, get on a bike and explore, go somewhere new that’s nearby. Live and be led by the way you think on vacation and notice everything lights up around you.
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.
Last night daily #meditation walk to press pause and give thanks for the day. Watching the sea lions play all the way up on shore, with puppies dancing in the water, the sky on fire with love.