Relaxation takes time to kick in, but after a couple of weeks without deadlines I’m definitely there. Yes, I fought, questioned and then resigned myself to the obvious: switch off the brain for once in my life; don’t think about work, don’t put any pressure on myself, and just chill the *#%^ out.
I can be incredibly hard on myself about pretty much everything, including trying to force relaxation. It’s an impossible task—the more you force it, the less relaxed you become.
But with three weeks of holiday still ahead of me, my New Years resolution of cutting myself some slack has finally become ingrained in my psyche.
The test will be when I start back at work and it’ll be much harder to strike the perfect balance.
As much as it pains me to admit it, I’m a workaholic at heart and I need to keep busy in order to feel inspired, which often translates into overloading my plate.
Right now though, I’m happy just being in the moment and if I let myself, I might even do a spot of daydreaming.
Style File: Country Road maxi dress / coil necklace (worn as a bracelet) / handcrafted leather sandals: I bought these about 12 years from a store that used to be located at the top of Cuba Street, run by a UK couple. I recently had them re-soled and have been wearing them all summer…some things are just made to last!
Photography: Howard Sly, edited by me.