As our dynamic co-founder Jodi Geddes escapes the daily grind for a well-earned family holiday, she reflects on the restorative benefits of holidays past.
I have never understood those people who don’t take holidays. You know them, those people who need to be asked to take their accrued leave or add an extra day onto their long weekends. I seriously do not get them.
A couple of years ago I took the leap and decided to leave the corporate world. I was burnt out, ready to do something different, but most of all in need of more quality time with my family. I had spent the previous year working crazy hours, missing bedtime routine with my two young kids, sending emails whilst trying to bath them and do dinner. It was destroying me and my family.
My husband and I knew we needed to do something. It was important for us, our family and for me. So we took the opportunity to book a month in Bali and live the local lifestyle. We wanted to disconnect and reconnect.
It had a profound impact on every aspect of my life. I always knew holidays were important, but I now think holidays are critical. We should take as much leave as we can.
Holidays reconnect you. Holidays make you realise what is important in life. Holidays re-energise you and give you time to ensure you are living the life you want. We live in a world full of rules, boundaries and social media. It is a world that consumes us every minute of the day and I am not sure that I like it.
Timeout in Bali taught us to be more present. That life can exist with limited social media. That our children are happier when we are happy. That a simple life is a wonderful one.
This holiday forced us to re-evaluate, make and commit to some small changes in our life. Some simple things to help us achieve work-life harmony (we don’t believe in work life balance at Circle In), like how we will have a strict no-mobile policy before the kids’ bedtime, and how my husband and I can continue this newfound happiness and quality time together (we have more commitments, but this is a personal list).
So when is your next holiday booked? Is it long enough? Will it create the environment for you to fully switch off from the daily grind and be present with your family? It doesn’t have to be expensive or luxurious. It is about doing it and ensuring you get out of it what you need.
C’mon, we all need a break and need to look after ourselves. Go request your annual leave now!
Written by Jodi Geddes, co-founder of Circle In