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3 Steps to Make Every Day Feel Like Vacation

Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. – William Faulkner

Sitting in the damp sand, I looked out over the ocean in front of me. The sea water moved up and over my legs every minute or so. The sun set over the mountain to my right, the skies turning orange and pink.

This is the life! I thought to myself.


And just like that, an idea for my business popped into me head.

I looked around, excited and awe-struck.

I need to write this down!

Of course, I hadn’t brought my phone or a notebook down to the beach. One week into a family vacation, note-taking utensils were not exactly a priority — up until that moment.

I started to stand up to head back to the house when I thought to myself:

But I’m on vacation! This isn’t supposed to happen right now. I’m not supposed to want to work. What’s going on?!

Scared of losing the idea, I stood up anyways and headed to jot down my idea. I proceded to enjoy a few hours of brainstorm bliss, planning out how I could implement that idea once the vacation was over and I got back to work.

I’m so glad I went for the idea when it came to me — vacation or not.

On vacation or not, I realized I need two things every day:

  1. My work
  2. Relaxation and enjoyment

Why Is Vacation Better Than Regular Life?

From school summers off to family vacations to romantic getaways, I grew up loving my vacations.

I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to trips to Disney World or the beach.

From my own experience, I believe we love our vacations for the following reasons:

  1. Total relaxation
  2. Decreased responsibility
  3. Exploring new places and sights
  4. Joy & enjoyment

In general, the biggest reason vacation is better than regular life is this: when we are on vacation, we grant ourselves the permission to truly enjoy life.

What if we granted ourselves that same permission everyday?

Can Vacation Last Forever?

The concept of “taking a vacation” has been around our entire lifetime. We’re so accustomed to speaking about vacation in terms of days or weeks. Some people get two weeks a year, while others get four.

But why does vacation have to be so finite? Why can’t we live the great feeling of being on vacation forever?

If it did last forever, what would that even be like?

The main assumption when I tell people about living a “perpetual vacation” is that a vacation does not include work — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.

There are many activities that I would consider people would pay me for but are also completely fun and interesting to me — the kind of activity I would love partaking in on a vacation.

For example, if I love to write, I’d do it during a vacation, too.

Combining fun and awesome work with enjoyment… Now, there’s a life I’d love to live.

Creating a Perpetual Vacation

In my quest to live every single day awesomely, I find the following steps to be the most useful:

  1. Grant Yourself Permission: Come to the decision that you deserve to go after your dreams and enjoy yourself, no matter the setting. If you can build a sustainable life (a.k.a. support yourself financially), while not go for an awesome life? You deserve it. To achieve this, ask yourself what your ideal day looks like?
  2. Challenge Yourself to Learn Useful Skills: Building a sustainable life and business is a lot easier when your skills are useful to others. By continuing to learn all the time, you can spend your time contributing meaningful work to an audience that needs it. To reach this, ask yourself what you could learn that other people need
  3. Let Your Purpose Guide You: The best way to create work that is “meaningful” means doing something that truly means something to you. To reach this, ask yourself what fulfills you?

I hope these steps are helpful to you. There’s one thing I’m sure of:

The world needs what you’ve got.

Please give it all you’ve got.

Start Your Quest to an Awesome Life

Sitting on a beach, observing nature’s beauty, and receiving ideas from the ether, I came to the most beautiful realization of my life:

Doing meaningful work and surrounded by wonderful enjoyment, I can create a life that feels like a perpetual vacation.

If you could, would you want to live a vacation that never ends?

What does your ideal day look like?

How do you envision yourself being happy?

What could you do today to start your quest?

If this sounds appealing to you, I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

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Bio: When Marcella Chamorro decided to quit her job to live every day as if it’s a vacation, she turned her attention to creating a lifestyle that is both meaningful and exciting (watch her TEDx video). As an author & entrepreneur based in Nicaragua, Marcella guides those who want to quit their jobs, live their dreams, and live a vacation that never ends at The Perpetual Vacation.

  • http://www.acalltoaction.net/ Trevor Wilson

    Vacation is the one time of year when people truly come alive. It’s special because, for once, we get to live our life on our terms. We do what we want, when we want, how we want.

    What could be better?

    Of course, they always come to an end. Who hasn’t felt that sinking dread as their vacation winds to a close? Back to the real world again. Bummer.

    I’d happily live everyday as a vacation. It’s not about doing nothing — it’s about doing what you love. Finding your calling. Living passionately. That’s what we’re all really after.

    Truly living.

    Cheers!

  • http://www.screwthesystemnow.com/ ScrewtheSystemJoe

    It’s a great idea – everybodies life should feel like a vacation. Think the number one step HAS to be finding a way to support yourself doing something you like. You can’t be on vacation if you’re watching the clock and waiting for the day to end.

  • http://www.thoughtful-self-improvement.com/Metaphors-for-Life.html Natalie

    Marcella,
    You are so right. Thank You for this wonderful reminder.

    I have taken to making sure I have a special pleasure everyday. There will always be things I don’t like to do, such as house cleaning, bookkeeping, meeting new people, or taking the car in for service. So no matter what the day brings I schedule time to do something that gives me special pleasure.

    One day that special thing could be going on a hike, the next day singing and dancing to a favorite song or reading a great book. I also pause to truly appreciate and enjoy the activity. I let the good feeling envelope me. It makes every day special.

  • http://www.passiveproductive.com/ Sam Matla

    Hey Marcella, great post! I have a similar mindset and always try and be optimistic throughout the day. I love my life at the moment, and to an extent – it does feel like I’m on a vacation. I think an important factor in this is that if you love your work, or you make money from your passion; then you’re free from the beginning.

    Sure, a vacation may seem really nice when you’ve been working 9-5 in a boring job for most of the year, but I’d prefer to just live it all year round. There’s nothing stopping us! 

    Thanks :)

  • Gayebingul

    I think this post is very superficial. Of course I love the idea and understand what you mean and even agree with you on it. But it’s not as easy as you list it down here. I work almost only for earning money. There’s little fun in my job, it’s more stressful than fun. I have many skills alright, but how would it be possible to actually maintain a quality of life that you currently have (or, ok, even a little bit less) by applying the soft skills you have and make a living out of it? In my opinion as soon as your hobby becomes your means of earning your bread, it’s not a hobby anymore. You wouldn’t enjoy doing it anymore, because your life would practically depend on it. Anyway, maybe you wouldn’t agree but I think it would make a lot more sense to inspire people to at least lead a life with a good work/life balance. This is what I’m desperately trying to do now. I like your blog by the way!

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  • http://www.successconsciousness.com/ Remez Sasson

    Every activity that you don’t like doing, can turn into a joyful activity, with a little planning, 

    Play the music you love, when you wash the floor or clean the dishes.

    Try to be as creative as you can when you cook dinner.

    Pretend you are driving a fancy car when driving to work.

    Read a book you love, or meditate, when traveling by bus or train.

    This approach can make you feel better and happier.

    Though there are problems, challenges and tasks every day, a positive attitude can make things run more smoothly, and give you the feeling you are on vacation, at least, part of the day.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/brainetics-review-math-memory-sysytem Susanna Brown

    I can’t agree more. I find vacation is the best time to revitalize your outlook on life. Because you’re on the relax mode, your creativity and ideas are all time high.

    The only downside is we are slave to work because we need to bring money to the table. That’s life. Fact is we can’t control that unless you’re financially rich.

     

  • http://twitter.com/QuestForPassion Quest For Passion

    Marcella, thanks for a great article! Funny you mentioned that you need work on your vacation. I have noticed that when i am relaxing on vacation, i get bombarded with ideas, and my hands start itching to write something. It feels fantastic. I guess when we are on vacation, free of daily chatter and responsibilities we connect to our true passion, so maybe that’s the answer – to allow ourselves to relax more so we can discover what our true passion is-)