Reality Overload

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.

Mission accomplished.

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…

  • Unpack
  • 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
  • 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.


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