I just got back from a Jamaican vacation, and I can’t stop saying, “ya mon.”
Seriously. It’s become a reflexive part of my speech!
Before I went I thought that phrase was a joke. A stereotypical expression people used to characterize Jamaican people.
No mon. It’s real. Their language is Patois (or Patwah) which is a mix of English and African.
If you listen closely, you can make out a lot of what they’re saying.
For example, if you hear “Waa gwaan?” a Jamaican is saying hello or “What’s going on?”
And ya mon is peppered in almost every convo.
Oh how I miss that insanely blue water and the breathtaking sunsets! And the people…I can’t say enough about the hospitality.
I have some emails in my brain to share some lessons I learned from the Jamaicans later, but right now I’m in reality overload.
This is the first vacation I’ve ever taken without my laptop. Of course I still had my cell phone so I wasn’t totally disconnected. Still, it was a big step for me. I really wanted to enjoy our time on the island.
Now I’m back home. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE where I live. But it comes with responsibilities. I ain’t on vacation no more!
First of all, I despise unopened emails. And as much as I tried to manage my inbox from my phone, I mostly deleted them, unread. Still, I have nearly 30 that have to be dealt with.
Other things that had to happen…
- Wash clothes
- Pick up Belle from the boarder
- Groom the horses and turn them out
- Sleep (it was a loooong day of travel!!)
- Refill my hummingbird feeder
- Water my plants
- Update my Poshmark closet https://poshmark.com/closet/elegantcowgirl
- Get groceries
- Check mail
- Pay bills
- Smog check the car
- Visit my friend who got a kidney transplant
- Take my son to lunch for his birthday
- Renovate my website
- Finish my lead magnet
- Write to you
- Sheesh…there goes my chill vacation vibe!
But when I realized, I’ll never get everything done in a day, I could relax again. I’m just adding things to my calendar and getting to them as I can.
Same goes for you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, give yourself a break. You can’t do it all at once. Just plan things out and CHILL.
Ya mon. No worries.