Hope everyone is having an amazing summer !!
It’s been nearly two months since my last post, It’s never been so quiet around here… Sorry for the lack of posts, recipes and news!
July was kind of a crazy month, old projects that take longer than expected, changing house, personal challenges, new exciting projects, uncertain holiday dates… all this can be translated into stress and absence of inspiration.
Lucky me, I flew to Menorca, my paradise, the 1st of August. I knew I still had work to do, projects underway, clients to attend and a blog to write. My plan was to wake up everyday around 7:30 and work few hours before enjoying the sunshine and swimming in the sea, again working a couple of hours after lunch or late in the evening, but guess what!? That was just a plan…
The first few days were actually quiet hard, do you know the feeling of having to do something but be unable of doing it? The vibes here in the island are totally different, life goes slower and calmer. I believe I had to work, to keep going with the rythm I had in Barcelona, but I couldn’t, I felt lack of willpower or simply strengths. This made me feel very guilty, and whether I was conscious or not, it made my body producing cortisol and rising my stress levels even before I get out of bed.
One of my many flaws is that I have the tendency to measure my self-worth depending on how productive I am during my waking hours… yes I know, this is a horrible way of thinking, sooo wrong!!
Thanks to me, I didn’t wait long and decided to stop that mindset. I made few little adjustments and replace the go-go-go with slow-slow-slow. Since then, I’ve being able to enjoy life, holiday and work at the same time. I don’t plan my days, I wake up and see how I feel and what I need that day.
Sometimes I go for a run first in the morning, others I work quiet in the living-room while the rest of the house sleeps. If we go to the sea, I enjoy the boat ride, I swim, I play with the fishes. Somedays I stay at home because I have a conference call with a client, but I don’t mind to miss the excursion, I really enjoy what I do and get excited everytime I have a session planned, also I enjoy to have the house for myself, quiet and without disturbances . Somedays I have a nap, others I sit in front of the computer or get entertained with Instagram.
I know it’s much easier embracing the slow approach here in Menorca. The island transmits me calm, my pulse rate get slower, I’m more present and I’m able to melt with the nature. I can spend hours laying down in the boat looking at the sky, just focused in the sound of the sea, the birds and my heartbeats.
The most surprising about all, is that even if it looks I work and less productive, I feel much more enriched in every area in my life. I feel better, I’m able to exercise more, to eat healthier without efforts, I’m able to focus better. I’m more patient and better listener.
We can’t control de demand and external forces but we can control how we deal with them and how we navigate all the twists is up to us. We have the power to stay calm, centered and productive, it just takes daily practice.
It’s has been essential to me to live a full and richer summer life.