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How my Summer Sabbatical put life in “Perspective”

Learning to relax and not stress about the pressures of life is hard but we would all benefit from learning how to do it.   Having been away from Chicago for the past 3 weeks, I am learning how to enjoy the moment, appreciate simple pleasures and just have some fun.     This was hard as hell for me!   Especially since I’m an “obsessive multi-tasker, news junkie, work-a-holic, always plugged in type A personality.”   However, over these past few weeks I haven’t watched ANY news (no, I don’t have a clue what’s happening in the world and for once,  I’m not ashamed to say it) and have done very little work ( sorry clients :) I’ll get back to it all soon enough).

Anyway…

Even though I was a little hesitant about leaving my business, my  TV show “Perspective” and my  barely 3 week old WVON  radio show    for almost a month, I took a deep breath and  decided that  if    God meant for me to have these outlets, they’ll be there when I get back!  I realize more and more each year (especially as I approach the BIG 4-0), that life is not about fame, notoriety,  making money or acquiring more stuff.   To be honest, I really don’t give a $h!t about all that.   Instead, its about giving, sharing,  embracing your purpose  and serving others.

My family and I have  spent the last 3 weeks on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, my mother-in-law’s native home.    Usually our visits   here  are filled with lazy days at the pool or beach or just lazing around our villa but this time we decided to be more adventurous.   We went horseback riding, kayaking and we hiked through the el yunque rainforest.   It’s been amazing!   I also found some new  friends and really focused on maintaining my workout routine and healthy eating habits.   This was tough because Puerto Rican food (which has heavy African influences) is sooooo good!

Overall, this trip has put life into perspective for me.   I am more committed than  ever to loving my family, being the best wife and mom I can be, being an excellent example of good health and well-being and using my God-given gifts  to make the world better.

My summer sabbatical is coming to a close now.   I am blessed to be able to take one!   I have a wonderful, visionary husband who makes it possible!   Nevertheless, everyone should take a break — even if only for one day.   Get away from everything.   The world won’t stop if you do!   You deserve it!   When u step back from the crazy routine of life, you can come back more focused, more  at peace  and better able to live out your purpose!!!

Here’s a short clip of our journey through el Yunque rainforest.   What an awesome experience…almost religious!   Click the play button and see for yourself.   Remember: Life is about love, sharing and beauty…all of which is exemplified here.

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