Once upon a time we had something called a summer vacation. It was great. It was a full TWO MONTHS of free time. Nice weather. No school. And more afternoons spent playing tag, eating ice cream, and watching cartoons than you knew what to do with. Ohhhh, the good old days.
As a “young professional,” not only is a two month summer vacation nothing more than a figment of your overactive imagination, but you’re pretty much overjoyed if you get an entire two days vacation from the responsibilities of adulthood.
Trust me, I understand.
Which is why I thought I would pass along a few bite sized vacations; some links and love from around the web that will hopefully make you smile, make you think, and feel a bit like a five to ten minute vacation from whatever it is that is on your mind these days!
Why your soul deserves a vacation (even a short one)
As one of my favorite authors, Renita Weems says in reference to the power of the Sabbath, or taking some time every week to disconnect from responsibilities and reconnect with your divine self:
“After a week of the body toiling away in inane work and the spirit being assaulted with insult and loss, Sunday was set aside to re-cultivate the soul’s appreciation for beauty, truth, love, and eternity.”
Well, my love, it is time for some for some re-cultivation! Summer vacations are a thing of the past and you may not have the luxury of a full weekend or even a full day completely without work or stress but I hope that you will at least take a few moments to breathe deep, tell yourself what an awe-inspiring woman that you are growing into, and if it strikes your fancy, check out one or two of the links below.
Especially if you need…
… a new perspective on an annoying emotion.
I have a confession. I get jealous. Especially right now when it seems like everybody and their mamma is living it up and I’m still broke, in a job that stresses me out, and trying to figure out what in the hell I want to do with my life. So for all my loves feeling somewhat similar, this video may be just what you need to turn some of your quarter-life angst into something far more productive!
…to smile, to renew your hope in the future, to rev up your entrepreneurial dreams
If you have some how managed to miss this, then definitely check out the story of this awesome nine-year old entrepreneur. If you’ve ever felt like you poured your heart and soul into something only for your blood, sweat, and tears to be completely disregarded by those around you, the moral of this story is the perfect blend of quirky, adorable, and profound.
…a reminder to believe in your dreams.
This article is an inspirational kick in the ass. (And who doesn’t need one of those every now and again?)
Oh, and by the time you’re finished reading, you’ll probably want to call your mamma (grandma, auntie, mentor, or other warrior woman in your life) and let them know how much you love them.
…permission to say “no” to people you love
Women have a hard time saying no. I’m not sure if it’s because we were raised to “be nice” or because girl children are supposed to grow up and be the “loving and nurturing” half of the human species but whatever the reason, many of us have a hard time saying “no” to people we care about.
But guess what: saying no is part of any ambitious, well-rounded, fabulous, 21st century woman’s arsenal. Here’s why:
…a reality check.
Check out the picture below and be reminded that even Lorraine Hansberry and Alec Baldwin, two of the most prolific African-American artist and activists of the 20th century, took a break to have a lil’ fun every now and again!
Happy weekend, pretty lady! Hopefully you enjoy these little online nuggets as much as I did but if internet inspiration isn’t floating your boat right this second, close your computer and go do something nice for yourself RIGHT NOW.
Why? Because you deserve it. (And if that doesn’t work, here’s an old school rationale for you: Because I said so! )