Most people in business have probably experienced the mad dash of client requests when they hear you are taking holidays. When you run your own business, you have the added bonus of ensuring that ongoing work remains ongoing, people have the explanations they need to get one with things and enough blog posts etc have been created to keep the social media gang going. Hence the challenge of going on holiday in the first place.
When you read this, I truly hope to be in Cyprus lounging by the pool and catching up on some leisure reading and indulge in limitless games. I have given myself permission to ignore all things work for at least 7 days and if I can stretch to 10 or 14 days that would be a bonus. I am officially back in work on the 21st for those of you now wondering.
Holidays for me are often a chance to discover new places although business travel has increasingly allowed me to do the same. Hence this years holiday is to recharge and do as little or much as we feel like doing in beautiful Cyprus.
To assist the recharging of batteries, I am also taking the Crystal Visions healing challenge with me, which is a 7-day meditation based challenge with daily actions. I am hoping that it will clear past issues and set me up for a fabulous coming year in all ways from business to finance to health and friendship, family etc. I see it as a way to erase what no longer serves and imprint what will help to go forward. #healingchallenge
I have done a few challenges with Tetsiea Blijham from Crystal Visions and always find they give me a higher level of inner peace, sometimes guidance and healing. She channels messages and healing from Archangels, crystal and spiritual guides, which are often pretty powerful. As a fun fact: Archangel Michael likes quests and challenges :-). I am aware this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this method works for me. In the quest for inner peace, my advice is to find what works for you. If you speak Dutch, you can find a lot of Tetsiea’s material online, recommended listening if you ask me.
For other brain conundrums and lingering patterns that I spot and want to clear up, I also consult Marylin Devonish of TranceFormations, who has a multitude of skills and is an excellent coach for personal motivation.
Typically when I have specific issues that I can’t seem to get my head around and I want to consciously clear out, I will go to Marylin. She masters a number of techniques such as NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), Huna, Time Line Therapy, Photoreading and a whole bunch more amazing stuff. Typically through an initial discussion, we find what techniques could work and then we work that way. In my experience, it has given me great results and often clarity or a resolution to the problem we were tackling. She also has a fun way of sharing her work on social media, by all means, follow Marylin or check out her work.
Both ladies I consider part of my personal support team to make things happen. There are many more that have helped me over time, but in the past 12 months, these have been my go-to team. I am truly grateful to have amazingly skilled people on my support team.
Funnily I also realised as I write this it covers both English and Dutch, maybe that is good too from the perspective of both my first languages now. I grew up in Belgium speaking Flemish and have now lived in the English speaking world for over 25 years, so I can flick between both languages when thinking or dreaming.
Books and games
My holiday reading will consist of some business books I downloaded on Kindle and Audible from authors such as Rob Moore, Daniel Priestley, Kevin Kelly, Chett Holmes, Patti Chank and a few others. For more entertaining reading it will be Maeve Binchy and maybe some random free stuff.
The games I play are mainly playable on iPad, the hitlist there are tried and tested regulars such as Homescapes, 80 days, Hidden City, Ticket to Ride and Carcassone with maybe the odd Jigsaw and another attempt to master the basics of Fortnite on a tablet.
For me switching off completely is a challenge. At the end of the day, when it is your business it is also your brainchild. Usually, I am good at switching off the phone and email, but the brain is another matter entirely. I think of new ideas all of the time, which I guess is also normal. Setting a challenge to completely ignore for 7 days will be interesting, but my partner is in on it and has threatened to hid both phone and iPad if I don’t succeed. (Saying that he is also still working on every day when his holidays started a week ago ;-))
I hope you find some inspiration in some of my writing in the mean time, whilst I embark on my 7 day detox of all things work. See you on the other side!