Hey, you've been working REALLY long hours and you deserve (and need) some rest. You will now catch up on the sleep you don't get during your creative crunch weeks and just pretty much spend the next week doing nothing. We are going to be in SHUT OFF mode and you will be in a mandatory state of rest.
I don't put in these hours so I can make a lot of money. I actually don't even get paid for my job. You could say I am a Volunteer. I do what I do because I am passionate about it. I am Blessed with a Husband that financially supports us and therefore do not have to contribute to our household income. I get to do what I love with no outside pressures detouring me from my purpose. My purpose consumes my heart, soul, and mind every moment. I don't want to waste one minute of my life and have it unaccounted for. I wake up every day and dive into it with a sense of excitement that would wear the normal person out. It's hard to explain WHY I feel this way to most people with normal jobs. They just don't get me. They don't understand how I can commit so much time and energy into something that produces no paycheck. I try to explain to them that just because I don't work in an office and bring home a check every 2 weeks, I still get paid for what I do. I get paid in non tangible ways. The look on someones face when I smile at them and then start up a conversation is PRICELESS. The Thank You I get from someone who was having a bad day and I turned it around for them is PRICELESS. The feeling I get from knowing I am doing everything in my power to make the World a better place is PRICELESS. Helping someone because I am qualified in a skill that they don't possess is PRICELESS. Quite frankly, there isn't anyone out there that could afford to pay me what I am worth. The same thing goes for stay at home Moms and Dads. They are wearing so many hats and working nonstop every day that you could not pay them what they are worth. They are making the sacrifice of a traditional job with a paycheck to work for free and produce a product that makes the World a better place. Their children are the product. They are the next generation and what they do with their life, WHO they become when they grow up, is PRICELESS.
After working all day yesterday I came back to my floating Bed and Breakfast and turned on my computer. A tragic story was the first thing I saw. Someone I had never met in person had been killed in a car accident and her husband was in critical condition. This couple was living their dream. They were Travel Bloggers and committed to making the most out of their life and sharing that passion to inspire others to do the same. Even though we hadn't met IN PERSON, I felt like I had lost a family member. Traveling Journalists are like a tribe. We all share a passion for teaching others what we have learned from our travels. The world lost a beautiful soul yesterday. This loss reminded me that what I do matters. What I do is live my life full with passion and purpose and try to inspire everyone to do the same. Travel is the key to growing, learning, experiencing, and just LOVING Life.
Today, I honor the life of Kimmy Hayes. A fellow Blogger and friend wrote a beautiful tribute on her website. She so eloquently put into words the feelings in my heart. Quit saying "Someday" and go and live TODAY.