It’s OK to Take a Break

Take a break

 I am slowly, very slowly learning….. it's OK to take a break whether you're at home and especially when you travel. I am sadly, one of those people who never want to miss a thing and tends to pack way more into a day than any sane person should. I work far too many hours and I am learning I need to start taking a break. Of course, it makes me feel a little guilty at times but the guilt passes the moment I am out the door. It feels really good to say," I am taking some time today to do something for ME," whether it's a cup of coffee out, a ride in the car, window shopping or a mani-pedi. I am learning if I don't do this for myself, no one else will.  I have to give myself permission to slow down and enjoy life.

When traveling I know that feeling of I may never be here again and I want to see it all far too well. You know what, you can't see it all. And what's the point of seeing it all, rushing from place to place,  if you didn't' really enjoy it because you were tired and worn out? I've decided quality is better than quantity.

London pastry shopcustard filled doughnuts

While scurrying around London taking in the sights, I took photographs of all these wonderful pastries.

Chelsea bunsfancy cakes in a London pastry shopYes, they taste as good as they look!

At one point, I thought OK you have mouthwatering pictures of all these beautiful window displays, but do you know what they taste like? That is when I decided it was time to take a break.  I look back on it as a "culinary cultural" experience. How is that for some spin on taking a break?

Coffee break in England

In Paris I saw all these darling sidewalk cafes. I wondered what  it would be like to just STOP and take a break, sip some champagne and so I did!  It was probably one of the more spontaneous times of my trip. Certainly it was a memorable hour or so. I was experiencing what Paris is all about – the "joie de vivre,"  the joy of life!

If you can't give yourself permission, I will.  Go ahead, It's OK, take a break! You don't know what you are missing.


How do you take a break while traveling?

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2 Responses to “It’s OK to Take a Break”

  1. May 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    AWESOME tip! We will have to take a break together next time I’m in town 🙂

  2. May 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Oh, I always do. I take a break wherever I'm being a tourist. And recently I'm getting me chocolat chaud from these new choc shops serving really thick spoon-able hot chocs. With this, I save on the tarte because the thick hot chocolate is very filling.

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