Surprise, I’m going to LA next week!
I keep forgetting that I’m technically on winter break from grad school. It’s been a pretty jam packed winter break, though. Hi, working full-time for my internship while also hustling behind the scenes for Holistic Happening (<— we have a website now!) and this here blog.
SO, I’m pretty excited for a vacation and to go somewhere vaguely warmer than NYC.
I’ll be honest, it wasn’t the winter break I had envisioned when I applied to grad school, but sometimes you gotta say yes when opportunity presents itself. With that said, I know I’m on the verge of burnout and this vacation is much needed.
As much as I love going to LA, sometimes it doesn’t feel like a vacation since I’m usually working remotely in some capacity while I’m there. I also stay with my BFF which is awesome, but visiting someone that lives where palm trees are isn’t quite like visiting a tropical island. He has responsibilities and a life to attend to.
I want this to be the refreshing, rejuvenating, vacation I need before I hit the ground running for spring semester, so I’m setting some ground rules. Yup, I’m setting rules for my vacation…
The Rules of Vacation
✨ The email away message is going up! Obviously I’m going to LA, not some foreign country with spotty reception, and can easily stay 100% connected. But then that wouldn’t feel like a vacation.
I’ve previously had working vacations in LA which were great because it allowed me to go to LA for two-weeks, but quite frankly it also sucked. I still had that work work work work work stress looming over me. So while I came home a bit more tan and well rested, it wasn’t really a vacation. So this time around that away message is going up on like all five of my inboxes.
Sorry, not sorry if you email me in the next week and I don’t respond.
✨ Sleep is a priority over fitness. Yes, you read that right. As much as I love checking out the hottest fitness studios in LA (<— tons of West Hollywood studios reviews!), this time around I’m not forsaking precious sleep time for the sake of fitness.
I’ll be there for a full week and will do my best to hit up a new studio or two, an old favorite (I’m thinking Training Mate or Prevail!) and then just doing some online barre3 classes from home base since I can do that anytime.
✨ Don’t stress about breaking my healthy habits. When I travel I try to stay 100% dairy free. It’s not the time to find out how much dairy my system can handle.
Besides that, I lax up about my healthy habits. It’s one week, kale and Sweetgreen and mindfulness will be waiting for me when I get home. I do, however, plan on eating ALL the delicious vegan food in LA. Trying to hit up Little Pine again is one of my top priorities!
✨ Embrace the laziness. And I won’t feel guilty about it 🙂 If I want to spend the morning lounging outside reading, I’m going to do it.
Your Turn: What are your rules for disconnecting / relaxing on vacation?