I had been looking forward to staying in 1 place, here in South Africa, for 2.5 months. Summer, a beautiful location right by the sea with a view of Table Mountain, nice people as neighbors, all my clothes in a cupboard, the fridge filled, I bought a bodyboard and wetsuit to play in the sea. I was ready. But after a few weeks, I became restless. Every day seemed the same. I had too little input, incentives, inspiration. I fought it: it was great here, wasn’t it?
I wasn’t allowing myself to ‘whine’. I started booking tickets: to my Trullo in Italy and my father in Miami in February, Curaçao (the writing retreat from March 20-26th), and a conference in Mexico in April. That gave me a small boost. But I noticed that my energy level dropped again; I didn’t feel happy no matter how hard I tried.
In the end, I couldn’t help but accept that I just need the inspiration and variety of travel. I advanced my ticket to be in Amsterdam for two weeks before flying on to Italy and Miami at the end of February. And while I’m still here, I’ll try to consciously manage my energy by going to my favorite co-working space in the city for my much-needed dose of inspiration, people, and lights. This experience also offers inspiration to continue working on my book ‘Light your fire, without the burnout: energy management for passionate people‘… 🙂