When you read this I will be lying on a beach in Thailand. In fact I will be on Ko Phi Phi, staying at the Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort. I will have stayed up into the night to see in the New Year, having attended the resort’s gala dinner and will likely be nursing a hangover before embarking on a little hair of the dog.
We have been to Phi Phi once before and are returning because SP loves it here. It is the kind of resort where wearing no shoes is the norm and sitting at the beach bar enjoying the night sky is heaven. There are few mod cons here, just you and nature on this tiny little island. So while he plays Tarzan I try my hardest to be Jane and not moan about the ball of frizz that was once my hair!
SP loves swimming with the fishes and I love him doing that too. I need the head space that ‘annual leave’ gives us to sit with my own thoughts, looking back over the past 12 months and make plans for the new year.
2015 was a truly busy year, with six day weeks that knocked my work/life balance into oblivion and made me ever so slightly short-tempered and grumpy. I’m not a fan of my grumpy self and nor is anyone else so although I’m writing this pre-Christmas I know already what needs to happen in 2016.
I love being a working woman and I’m proud of my accomplishments in recent years, but I won’t feel successful if I don’t get the balance right. There is more to life than work, but I often forget that. This year is a case in point. Although I’ve had a few weekends away (I often work for a few hours on a Saturday), my holiday in the summer was a six night trip to Tuscany, where we constantly moved around the region. The holiday was booked by me so I’ve only myself to blame. The result being I’m totally wiped out and I’ve been longing to get to The Beach (yes, the one in the film of the same name) since about October.
So when I get to The Beach I shall have with me a copy of Ariana Huffington’s book Thrive, very kindly lent to me by a friend, with me.
The book is a personal account of Arianna’s challenges to manage time and prioritise the demands of her career with family life. If you don’t know, Arianna Huffington, is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and one of the most influential women in the world.
The book is a call-to-arms, Arianna aims to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world, drawing on a the latest ground-breaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep and physiology that reveal the transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving.
I’m looking forward to it. The idea of being unplugged and present in the moment is definitely something I want to achieve. I will no doubt think about the changes I want to make in my own life in 2016. Making time to be unplugged is likely to be one of them.
With that in mind, I’m going ‘dark’ for two weeks. I’ll be back on Friday 22nd January fully re-charged. I hope. You can see how my holiday is going over on Instagram.
Happy New Year all!