You know what they say...hindsight is 20/20. I recently went on a much needed week-long vacation. It was wonderful and I had a great time, but now that I'm home I realize how many opportunities I missed to focus on my goals. Let me share with you what I did and did not do so you can learn from my mistakes!
I did not eat healthy and I could have. My excuse was "I'm on vacation and I am going to indulge myself." Now don't get me wrong, it is perfectly acceptable to indulge yourself on vacation, but don't let your common sense fly out the window...use good judgement! Moderation is key. Looking back on it, I am most ashamed of not eating better because it was so easy to make good food choices. Many menus had low calorie options that I just turned my nose at. Oh self, so young, so foolish. If you - like me - simply must have Chocolate Melting Cake every night for dessert, do it, but get one of the 390 calorie entrees!
I did not practice any instruments. I really don't feel guilty about this. Who takes their piano on vacation?! If I had a more portable talent - say writing or drawing - I could have done that by bringing a pad of paper and a pencil. So, if you can take your goal with you do it, but if you can't don't feel bad. After all....you're on vacation!
I did not work on any music theory. This is another goal that I feel bad about not doing, because I took my theory book with me! I just didn't open it. There were many hours spent in the car that I could have pulled this out and worked on it. I could have done much better here. If you do take your goals with you, make sure you do it!
However, I did do a lot of walking. I did not take advantage of the gym that was available, so again improvements to my vacationing self are needed, but I am happy with what I did accomplish.
Most importantly I spent a lot of time with my husband. This is the goal that I most want to excel in. Despite all my failings this past week I have succeeded overall, because I was able to be with him with no pressure to keep the house clean, dinner on the table and no work concerns stealing my focus from him. We had many conversations and talked to each other a lot. He also shared a podcast (Stuff You Should Know) that he really enjoys with me. I learned something new about him, and we both got to enjoy listening to several old podcasts he had on his Zune. Sharing something you enjoy or are passionate about with your spouse is a wonderful way to bond and grow together.
You do not need to accomplish everything everyday or even most things most days. If you only accomplish one thing a week you have succeeded.
What tips and tricks for success do you have while vacationing?