Ten Things I Learned While on Vacation

Ten Things I Learned While on Vacation

You know, it is quite embarrassing and pathetic when I think and reflect on how I have never taken a REAL vacay in over SEVEN Years.

Sure, I travel for work… special occasion, and for fashion shows, but a week to myself and NO INTERNET?

Ten Things I Learned While on Vacation

Talk about missing you guys! I have NOT felt so disconnected while feeling SOOO GOOD about it. Most of the time when I am disconnected it is because of technical issues, not by choice. Anywho, as I sat on the plane to Milan for this really cool Blogger event with Marina Rinaldi, I started reflecting and I wanted to share with you a few things that I learned while vacationing…

Ten Things I Learned While on Vacation

  1. To take more vacations, I need to take a major vacay each year. I deserve it and it was grand. I’ve come back refreshed, invigorated, and inspired.
  2. My Bikinis were a hit… for me. Did you weigh in on your fave yet?Ten Things I Learned While on Vacation
  3. Sunscreen is my best friend as well as BUGSPRAY- there is no such thing as too much
  4. You will always forget ONE or TWO important things. No matter the lists and planning, something will always be forgotten, and it’s okay…
  5. Always travel with your friends you know you CAN TRAVEL with. I was quite blessed to be rolling with my bestie and another cool friend!DSC00073
  6. Disconnect is a great thing. MAN, I didn’t realize how dependent I was on my phone, internet, and TV… its sad. I need to do more of this.
  7. I miss my childhood. Growing up as a child in Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan, on the beach…. Man the moment my feet touched the sand, happy memories… I miss the beach.Ten Things I Learned While on Vacation
  8. I have an amazing team. Rae, Tiara, Kirsten. You ladies rock and thank you for your support for making me feel confident to walk away!
  9. Stop and smell the beach air. Sometimes we are so focused on work work, work, that we forget the little things that take our breath away or remind us that we are living… this vacation showed me this.
  10. Ten Things I Learned While on Vacation I’m worth investing in. Whether it is a week-long or weekend jaunt, vacations are an investment in me, my sanity, and my health. I need more of these!

Isn’t it sad it’s been this long?

Have you ever had the pleasure to get away? How often do you get away?? What do you do to disconnect? Do you ever learn something while you are away?



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  1. Curvy CEO

    July 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Amen and amen to all of this! I find that when I travel it is usually “active” vacations with tons of activities and events. I don’t think I’ve ever done a vacation where the sole purpose was relaxation. I am looking forward to adding that into my life soon!

  2. Sveta

    July 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Thank you for this idea of getaway time (without internet). I’ll definitely try it.

  3. Michelle

    July 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Good for you. Its empowering going off the grid. Hard, but empowering.

    • Marie Denee

      July 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      GIRLLL It took all of me to step away from… SO OOO hard!

  4. Michelle Turner

    July 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful vacation photos and insight. Great job tying in your bathing suit post as well! I do have to say though, I always appreciate the posts that show us more of YOU- beyond the clothes.

    • Marie Denee

      July 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Thank you madame… are you saying more outfit posts or more of my thoughts of what I am going through? Please let me know!

      • Michelle Turner

        July 25, 2013 at 6:57 AM

        Your outfit posts are FAB but I enjoy reading your personal tales along with them! I feel that its just as important being a Curvy Diva on the inside as well and sharing your inspiring personal journeys (with your Father and your vacation) shows us just that! 🙂

      • Marie Denee

        July 25, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Noted and understood! 😀 Thank you sooo much for sharing and I will take note!

  5. Margaret McGriff

    July 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Vacations are essential! Even if it’s a road trip. And when my husband and I do take one, he makes me put my phone in the trunk! LOL

  6. Cailín

    August 2, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    I only found your blog recently and I’m really enjoying it, really finding it empowering to see that you can be stylish if you’re not size zero (I’m UK size 18-20 myself) and we’re all beautiful. You’re helping me get away from criticising myself constantly, counting chins, bellies, flab… thank you, and I’m really glad you had such a nice vacation. I’m really looking forward to my own in October without my usual “vacation would be so much nicer if I were 5 stone lighter” thoughts. I’ll enjoy it anyway. 🙂

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