Monthly Obsession: Karin’s Vacation Story
Vacations are one of the many things that I look forward to in life. After months and days of working hard – I finally get the time to step back, pause and enjoy the little things in life.
Today, I just wanted to share my vacation story, and during this time, I realized many things that I usually do not notice as I am overwhelmed with many things.
I spent this month’s holiday with my family, parents, and sisters who came back from the UK to celebrate the Jewish holiday. If you noticed, I wasn’t active on social media – this was because I learned to live “at the moment.” Sometimes, when life overwhelms us, we tend to forget to “live in the moment” – living in the moment means putting your phone down, detaching yourself from emails, calls, work, and focusing on the moment.
It is when you’re actively creating memories and feeling all these new experiences. When I did that, I noticed that my baby had grown up – suddenly, flashes of memories burst into my mind remembering the sweet pains of motherhood. Then I saw my mom’s smile and heard my sister’s funny jokes and my dad’s eye when he laughed. I couldn’t help but feel grateful for all the blessings I’ve received throughout the year. Living in the moment is feeling all emotions, conversing and savoring every second. I felt like watching a movie in slow motion as I heard my family’s happy waves of laughter and cheerful dance moves.
I am a firm believer in work-life balance, but it is easier to be said than done, and Sometimes, I get swept by the current of life in the city. But it is essential to one’s health as studies have shown that taking time away from the job can have physical and mental health benefits. People who take vacations have lower stress, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve goals.
For those who are interested in spending holidays in a different country (especially ones that are opposite your timezone),
here are my tips for you on how to “live in the moment.”
- Eat at the right time. If it’s lunchtime in the country you are in, even if you’re not hunger – eat. That way, you will dictate to your body that this is the right “mealtime” and avoid bingeing on food.
- If you can’t sleep. don’t grab your phone. Instead, read a book, walk around, write, listen to music and etc. Our phones have the power to take over us as we are used to using it all the time – making us wide awake and detached at the moment. Take the time to pause and reflect on life.
- Capture the moment and create memories but you don’t need to document everything! You planned this vacation for you to unwind and experience the moment.
I hope that my story encouraged you to spend time with people who matter to you the most and live in the moment!
See you next month for Karin’s Monthly Obsession!