What Does a Perpetual Vacation Look Like?
When I started my quest to live every single day as if it’s a vacation, I never thought my daily routine would be what it is now.
I did the numbers last week — I’ve increased my income by over 200% (and growing) over the past year.
While working from home. While working flexible hours. While hanging out with my loved ones more. While regularly working out.
Getting here wasn’t easy. It’s still a struggle — a struggle I know we share.
From interacting with readers on Twitter, email and more, I know that many of you out there struggle with:
- doing work you do not enjoy (and maybe even hate)
- not seeing your loved ones as much as you’d like
- not having the time or energy to get in shape
- applying your individual gifts to creating meaning for others
Good news: you don’t have to live like that forever.
Living a perpetual vacation is possible. I’m living it now — and still striving to make each day better. Let’s look at how. The best way to share my vision of a perpetual vacation is to show you what it looks like in my life.
I haven’t mastered the art of living (yet), but the process of figuring it out ROCKS.
Sometimes, I work at home or a coffee shop. Other times, I work from this beach:
If you find this interesting, I hope I can help you design your own daily routine, filling it with awesome. Check out what a typical day in my life looks like:
A Day in the Life of A Perpetual Vacationer
6:00 AM: I wake up — sometimes without an alarm.
When I wake up, I put on my workout clothes and settle in with a good cup of coffee, always. While the coffee is brewing in my body, I read my favorite blogs and news sources. It takes a while for me to truly become alert.
This is also when I spend time with family.
I sit around and chat while the coffee does its work. A lot can be shared very early in the morning — more than I ever thought.
7:30 AM: I exercise.
Lately, my workout routines have gotten shorter and shorter — focused on moving better. I can do with 20 minutes of solid exercise.
Oops? Please don’t tell my trainer.
I spend my workout time doing a variety of stuff, depending how I feel that morning. Usually, I do a combination of these:
- treadmill jog
- P90X and Insanity videos
- jump rope for a few minutes straight
- bodyweight exercises (like pushups)
- leg weights using a machine (when I’m lazy)
A short workout every day keeps my energy levels up (and my body healthy as hell).
8:30 AM: I start working.
This part of my day varies enough to make me dizzy. Right now, my “work” involves all sorts of stuff, including:
- WordPress websites for clients
- mobile apps for clients
- digital marketing consulting and training for clients
- writing for this awesome website
- writing for other awesome blogs
- building out The Quest of Awesome, which is still in my head
- writing my second book, called Life is What I Say It Is
How I get all of this done is a mystery even to me. I can tell you one thing: I don’t want to do it anymore.
This year is about focus, and I’ll be cutting lots of tasks out of my life completely.
In the words of William Wallace, “Freeeeedom!”
I find the more I relax, the more I get done. Pepper is an awesome partner to relax with.
12:30 PM: I eat and socialize.
For lunch, I choose between eating with my parents and brothers, my husband, or my friends.
I never eat alone. Lunch is my time to socialize, empathize, and connect.
It’s my space to love more and more, as corny as that sounds. If you see me out and about having lunch or dinner with people, it’s because they are ultra-special to me.
2 PM: I work some more.
If I need to, I go back to the grind. My afternoons are usually much more solitary and focused. I’ve had way too many things to catch up on lately, but I still find I have incredible amounts of free time.
But — sometimes — “working” means a little bit of this:
5:30 PM: I hang up my gloves and spend time with JJ.
As soon as the pressing work is over, it’s JJ-time! We usually hang out by doing any of the following:
- take off to Granada (a colonial city) for dinner
- read together — different books, mind you
- play with Pepper (see photo above)
- visit either set of parents
- teach each other new skills — like me teaching JJ some HTML and him teaching me about agriculture
- making an awesome dinner together
Not going to lie — this is the best part of my day. That’s why I sometimes sneak in more and more JJ-time during the day.
9:30 PM: I’m asleep.
Call me crazy for sleeping so much, but that’s just how I roll.
What my body wants, my body gets. I need around 8.5 to 9 hours per night. The more sleep I give my body, the harder I can hit and enjoy my every day.
Where I Go From Here
Please note: I still am working on making every single day awesome. Some days are not as vacation-like as I’d wish, forcing me to focus my time on meetings, instead. I try to keep that kind of day to a minimum, but it still happens some days.
Most days, though, this happens:
Lately, I wonder: Am I becoming too indulgent? Can living every single day amazingly be a bad thing?
Guilt: the one negative emotion that always manage to infiltrate my mind.
If you get anything out of today’s article, let it be this: we all deserve to live every day awesomely.
Every single time guilty thoughts appear, I tell myself the following:
It’s my life, and I’m going to live it however I want to. The world is mine for the taking.
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