Hello my loves! Y’all know that I’m on a serious budget while I’m on my journey towards becoming debt free. But, who’s to say that you can’t have a little fun while tackling your goals? So, when I was invited on a trip to Antigua and all I had to cover was my flight… I simply couldn’t resist. I must say, my little guilt-free getaway came right on time. During my time away I had some time to relax and more importantly, reflect. Here are 3 key lessons I learned while vacationing in Antigua.
There is power in silence
Antigua (Antigua and Barbuda) is an island that is a part of the West Indies. I instantly fell in love with the small-town charm. The beaches and scenery was breathtaking. Honestly, I couldn’t wait to sit on the sand and do absolutely nothing for a few days.
I have a tendency to think myself into a frenzy sometimes. Although being over analytical works for my day job, it’s not very helpful in my personal life. So being able to shut my phone off for a few hours at a time was so peaceful. I think there are so many distractions going on around us we forget to take a moment to take a deep breath and truly relax.
Gratitude is everything
Some people are just never satisfied with anything. This is especially true coming from America. It’s no secret that in the age of social media…materialism is ever-present. Having access to what everyone else is doing and the things they have can make you question your own situation. This can lead to ungratefulness feelings of dissatisfaction.
While in Antigua I got to see how the locals live. Seeing the rural homes, small roads and the simple way of living was extremely humbling. I couldn’t help but notice how everyone was super nice and happy. This just further proves that you don’t need much to sustain a happy life. So why are we always complaining?
Having gratitude is vital if you want to live a happy life. In fact, being grateful enhances your overall wellbeing, can improve your negative emotions and help you relax. We put way too much pressure on ourselves because we’re not willing to celebrate the good things in our lives (big or small). So acknowledge the good and appreciate it!
I’m exactly where I should be right now
There are times when I get so anxious/excited about what’s going on in my life that I feel that I need to sprint to the finish line. I tell you guys all the time- embrace the journey! I had to remember to take my own advice! After all, life is a marathon and I realize that I’m exactly where I need to be at the moment. That doesn’t mean that I would reach the finish line, because I will. But I’m not going to kill myself trying to get there.