Vacations

When was the last time you took a vacation? Why do you go on vacation? In the spirit of mindfulness, I plan to be a little more intentional about the vacations I take this year. I will look for vacations that offer time with friends, the ability to read a book (or two!), and an opportunity to experience a new place.

Best vacation Ann Patchett quote

“What we want out of a vacation changes as we age. It changes from vacation to vacation. There was a time when it was all about culture for me. My idea of a real break was to stay in museums until my legs ached and then go stand in line to get tickets for an opera or a play. Later I became a disciple of relaxation and looked for words like beach and massage when making my plans. I found those little paper umbrellas that balanced on the side of rum drinks to be deeply charming then. Now I strive for transcendent invisibility and the chance to accomplish the things I can’t get done at home. But as I pack up my room at the Hotel Bel-Air, I think the best vacation is the one that relieves me of my own life for a while and then makes me long for it again.”

– Ann Patchett, “Do Not Disturb,” in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

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Thoughts on Happiness

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” – W.H. Sheldon

This summer put your phone awaysource

Lately I have been thinking a lot about happiness. What truly makes you happy? Are you happy? I was on a journey to find happiness and I did not even know it. Undergraduate school, graduate school, reading The Happiness Project, and starting my first full-time job. Lucky to be happy where I am, with what I have and what I do, and because of the people in my life. Thank you all. Let you too go wholeheartedly towards something and be happy!

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