Hello Sizzlers! I’m back from my 3 week break and time certainly flies. As you know, Mike and I flew to Tokyo where we boarded the Diamond Princess for a 14 day cruise of Japan and one port, Busan in South Korea.
Before I left I wrote about Why taking a break is just what the Doctor ordered and it certainly was. Sometimes we can get so caught up in day-to-day life that we don’t realise the benefits of taking a short break.
During our cruise we met some very interesting people and it is always great to connect with people from all over the world.
Our cruise started in Yokohama, and was originally on course to visit Busan, in South Korea. However, a pesky typhoon in the region, meant the Captain had to turn back to avoid the dangerous conditions and change our itinerary, visiting Kobe in Japan instead.
We also visited Yokkaichi, Toba (A delightful place and home to Mikimoto Pearls), Osaka, Iwakuni, cruised through the Kanmon Straits, Hakata, Busan, Nagoya before cruising back to our starting point in Yokohama just south of Tokyo.
5 personal learnings from my break
1. The world won’t end if I don’t blog or use social media
As someone who is probably addicted to social media and blogging, I took my own advice and surrended my internet connection, apart from the odd photo on Instagram.
Although I missed my connection with my virtual friends through my blog and SM, I certainly didn’t miss the self-imposed pressure that I place on myself to post and be connected.
And guess what?
The world didn’t end and I appreciated the welcome back messages that some of you kindly sent me over the last few days.
2. Time out from day-to-day living can help you to think clearly
During my ‘sea days’, I not only enjoyed the facilities on the ship especially the nightly shows which are world standard, but I actually just sat on the balcony and let my mind drift and relax. It gave me time to pause, consider what I want from life and start putting some ideas into place for the future.
3. Living in the moment
Being away from my normal life, I could actually just live in the moment I was experiencing without interruption from my daily responsibilities. I met new people, experienced new cultures and ideas and even tasted new food.
4. I rediscovered my relationship
Being with Mike and sharing new experiences certainly brought the quality back to our relationship. With no outside influences that we are usually responsible for, we could take the time to enjoy each others’ company.
So I’m back and it is great to be home. It was so lovely to catch up with my family and Ethan told me he ‘really missed his Nan’.
Life doesn’t always go to plan
Sometimes life doesn’t always go to plan and we can be disappointed. However, on a number of occasions I found that disappointment could mean opportunity. For example, changing course because of the typhoon was disappointing but we discovered a new port which we otherwise wouldn’t have visited.
I will be making some positive changes in my life, which is always a work in progress and I will keep you updated. The most important change is to take my own advice by removing the self-imposed pressure and enjoy life now!
What have you learned from taking a break from day-to-day life? I’d love to hear about our experiences.