It’s no secret I’ve been traveling like crazy lately. I think in the last few months I’ve spent more time away than I have home. So as I write this post it might might sound a little contradictory…but bear with me.
Today…Gary and I are leaving for vacation. And while you might be thinking…Lauren, you’ve been on a million vacations this year…this one is different. Yes…I’ve been traveling a lot. But every trip has been for something. A conference…a workshop…a wedding…a work trip (meaning my laptop comes with me…and so does my work). And more often than not these trips are without Gary. Today…we’re going on vacation. A real, honest vacation. No laptop. No work. No INTERNET!!! Deep breaths. I’ve struggled with the idea of going away again since I’ve been gone so much…especially without the option to periodically check in on my life back home. But then I realized that a week completely unplugged. Completely disconnected and shut down from the every day…is exactly what I need. No business books (I am plowing through the Hunger Games books….so obsessed). No laptop. And no camera.
This one was hard for me. How can I take off to all these beautiful places and not take my camera?!?!?! But as much as I love photography…sometimes I feel like it makes me miss out on what’s happening right in front of me. I’m always the one behind the camera making sure I get the perfect shot…and sometimes I feel like I’m not really experiencing. Like I’m not really present. I want to sit and stare off into the sunset with Gary…and really watch it. Not try to get the perfect picture of it. I want to experience it.
So that’s what I’m going to do. As hard as it is for me to separate myself from my business. To really shut my mind down and truly just be. I think it’s the thing I need most. I’ll be back in a week ready to tackle the best wedding season yet. But today…I’m signing off. Logging out. Shutting down. And getting ready to soak in a week of the first real vacation I’ve had in a long time.
Don’t forget about me!!!!! 🙂