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Apr 27

The 5 Things I Learned from Dropping Everything and Leaving the Country on a Whim

By Joy Perugini | Self-Care

So, I did something kinda out of character a little over a week ago. Okay. REALLY out of character. This over-planned, over-organized, and overall “Type A” over-achiever decided to drop everything in her life (including the responsibilities of running TWO companies) and jumped on a plane to paradise. Why?

Because I could.

But wait a minute here … I didn’t THINK I could!

I was scared to death to spend the money (honestly, money that I didn’t have to spend frivolously). I was scared to death to leave my businesses (both at a crucial time in their growth), and I was fucking scared to death of what I’d come back to after being “out of the office” for a full nine days.

But I did it. And I’d do it again. In fact, I might just do it sooner rather than later. Here are five reasons why I have no regrets, and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat:

#1. Life goes on without me. You might be the most important cog in the wheel of the company you work for, or the family you support every day, but the truth is NO ONE is irreplaceable. No. One.

Everyone will make do without you, and step up to the plate when necessary if they really want shit handled. If not, it’ll just be waiting for you when you get back … no biggie. I was thoroughly shocked to find only four (yes FOUR) important emails waiting for me in my inboxes when I got back. There were hundreds of literal junk messages to weed through, but only FOUR were from clients or team members that needed my attention right away. Life. Went. On.

#2. There’s so much more to learn. I hadn’t been out of the country in twenty years, or even off the East Coast in about ten (unless you count Florida about five or six years ago … is that technically East Coast?!). It was incredible to soak up the culture, speak a little Spanish and take in beautiful  surroundings. I learned new words to communicate with my newfound friends , I learned to slooooow down and breathe a little more, and I learned that I can truly trust myself … my decision making … my gut instincts.

Everything in my brain was telling me not to take the time away (to not take the risk), but everything in my heart (along with many outward signs) pointed me in the direction of going. Even my boyfriend didn’t want to come at first, but as soon as we got settled into island-life, he thanked me for pushing the idea of us getting away.

#3. I have a renewed appreciation for life. “Just a bit of a break from the norm … just a little somethin’ to break the monotony …” (name that tune!) and I’m seeing things so much more clearly now. Things that have been holding me down and holding me back for years just don’t matter anymore.

My mind is clear. My heart is open. And my joy (and Joy) is overflowing! Sometimes all it takes is a little downtime to get your mind, body, and spirit back on track.

#4. It doesn’t matter if two people can barely speak each other’s language … they can still communicate and create a friendship. Laughing, playing, hand signals and just a little Spanglish was all it took to make tons of new friends.  My circle continues to grow and expand around the globe!

#5. There’s no place like home. I love my home. I love the familiarity and the comfort that comes with it. I love being settled (i.e., not living out of a suitcase, because I rarely unpack when away) and not worrying about finding clean water to drink or healthy food to eat. And I love Starbucks. There. I said it.

*BONUS* #6. I create my own opportunities. If it’s important enough to you, you can make anything happen. First of all, let’s get something clear here (and let’s just get a little airy-fairy, woo-woo while we’re at it) … THOUGHTS. BECOME. THINGS.  Period. You can opt to believe it, or opt not to, but either way, Universal Laws are in effect in your life as much as the Law of Gravity is.

Get your head out of your ass, buck up, and think positive. Seriously, what have you got to lose? It can’t hurt a thing to believe that good things can come to you (you deserve them, after all!) and it sure beats feeling negative and bitchy all day, day in and day out … right?!

Long story short, I thought positively about my trip. I told myself, and affirmed aloud daily, that I had the money to go and that everything would run smoothly in my absence. And I shit you not, that money appeared on cue out of thin air (no, seriously!), and obvi my businesses are still standing ;)

Moral of the story? Just do it. Do the thing that you KNOW in your heart you must do to make you a better and more complete you.

Whatever it may be. It will be okay.

YOU will be okay! Aren’t we ALWAYS okay in the end?!

Follow your instincts … and for God’s sake, TRUST IN YOURSELF! If it feels right to you, it is right. Period. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You got this!

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