the “i’m on vacation” string

Though I haven’t mentioned it before, I’ve decided to go on vacation during the entire month of August. In fact, I’ve been on vacation for the past two weeks and it will continue through the weeks to come as well.

But I haven’t missed one day of work and I’m not going on any major trips.

I’ve simply decided to go on vacation from worrying, judging, and over-thinking things.

This idea originally came from a message from Joyce Meyer several months ago and it never quite left my head. I could argue that this month has the potential to be the most worrisome, stressful, frustrating, depressing, and impatient four weeks I’ve experienced since graduating from college. However, to avoid the mental gymnastics my ego could certainly produce at the drop of a hat, I’ve chosen to step outside it’s crazy tendencies and “go on vacation.”

Though I certainly feel emotions when they arise – laughing and crying as needed – I realize that I have the ability in large part to step aside from a lot of the chaos in my brain involving judgment, projecting into the future, over-planning, worrying, stressing out, and just basically putting my emotional well-being where I really have no control.

To honor the fact that I’m releasing my concern over things I don’t have control over, I tied a green bracelet on my wrist. Like the yellow “no complaint” string, this little reminder helps me bring myself back to my intention whenever I start to get carried away by the “what ifs,” “if onlys,” and “never agains.” I simply let those worries go and focus on what actions I can take and need to in order to function in my life peacefully. I still grow my business, pay my bills, write on MML, love my relationship, and prepare for my new apartment – I just do each thing one at a time and take it day by day.

Obviously peace is easier to maintain on some days than others, but overall I am so thankful that I’ve decided to “go on vacation” for the month. Knowing my tendency to over-think things (just ask my dad about my high school basketball career), I can imagine I’ve saved myself from boatloads of suffering just by keeping this simple intention. Which means that by sharing it with you, I hope you consider trying something similar yourself if you are like me and tend to question life just a little too much.

Let’s raise a metaphorical margararita, kick back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer!

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  1. Annie

    I may just be using this idea. I’m about to embark on a new stage of life, too: grad school. In itself, this might not be too daunting. But I’ve chosen to continue working full time while I pursue my education. I haven’t found anyone else in my department with a schedule that looks like mine, and my immediate tendency is to worry and panic and second guess myself. I’m thinking a “no worry, you are where you are” bracelet might be just the reminder I need to stay focused and balanced during this rather crazy adjustment period.

  2. Jadyn

    Love this Jess! Definitely something I’ll consider doing myself. Enjoy the rest of you vacation and cheers on the metaphorical margarita!

  3. I like it!

    On a side note, you asked if anyone knew where you could get white and yellow stripe fabric. Have you tried the Crate and Barrel outlet on Clybourn? They have left over display fabrics. Hope you find what you are looking for!

  4. Niki

    I love this idea! Not succumbing to negative feelings about my “day job” is a daily struggle for me… Maybe I need a reminder that it’s only temporary!

  5. Ruth

    This is brilliant, Jess! 🙂 I put my blog on a hiatus a couple of weeks ago after being diagnosed with anxiety. Now I’m learning how my thinking has to change and I need more of a “vacation mentality” each and every day. Why worry about tomorrow? Today has trouble enough of it’s own. 🙂

  6. Wonderful idea. I’m thinking about doing this next month when I go home for a week. Talk about needing a stress free reminder.

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