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10 things a vacation can teach you | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


Just for kicks I thought I would wake up and torture myself this morning.   I’m having chocolate for breakfast and spiking my coffee with sugar.

What the what what? Why?  Because the sugar rush of non stop rum punches while on a holiday just isn’t enough sugar!!???  Whaaat?!!  

I’m on vaykay… and slowing practicing how to do nothing and get zero accomplished in a day.

10 Things a Vacation Can Teach You : How to do nothing in a sea full of everything.


This week, I am practicing a new definition of living.

The FU’ness way of living:  The challenge of saying ffffff this.  

Just do it.

Just do nothing.

I’m practicing the art of … pull up a chair.  And sit.  For a long period of time.  Doing absolutely zero.  Nil.  Nada.  Nothing.  Uhhm.  Do you have any idea how hard that is ?!!

It takes serious ass concentration ~  peeps!!   I’m a blogger.  Doing nothing is like asking me to die a thousand deaths of nothingness.  Nearly impossible.  Torturous actually.

As a blogger, our voice is the most powerful tool in the tool shed.  We like to work those vocal cords.  We get naked with our words across the page.   That takes some gutsy.  That takes some time.  That takes a whole lotta of everything.  I personally think that every blogger is a brave soul.  It takes some hootspa to throw words out into cyberspace.


10 Things a Vacation Can Teach You : How to do nothing in a sea full of everything.


And sometimes…. just sometimes…. we all need to step back and breathe.  Breathe like a dragon.  Breathe.

Breathe… but not in the direction of work.

Even too much sunshine burns.


Taking a break from social media and blogging is good for the soul.  Not gonna lie.  It has made me wonder what I did with my life before I was a blogger.  Or a mother.  Did I just stack up the hours of nothingness?  What the hell did I do with all that time?  Did I freakin’ waste it?  What a turd.  What on Gods green earth was I thinking?!!   I clearly wasn’t thinking straight.


10 Things a Vacation Can Teach You : How to do nothing in a sea full of everything.


I needed a vacation.  A vacation from words.  A vacation with too many books and not enough hours in a day.

To do nothing.

Endless days of uselessness.

I stepped away from my computer and jumped into the sea.

Mother nature {normally} hates me.  She punches me in the face all the time.  With snow.  I know.  I know.  How dare she?!!  What audacity.  Not this week.  That snow bitch couldn’t find me anywhere.

I’m hanging out with valium trees palm trees.  If the snow biatch even tries to find me in the British Virgin Islands, I will surely pitch a fit.  Then punch her right back in the face.

This week…Our family of six went on vacation.  Our first tropical vacation together in years.  It has been sooooo long…..I think the last time we did this ~ I was breast feeding.

These days, my breasts are neatly tucked into my waistband.

It has definitely been a long time.


10 Things a Vacation Can Teach You : How to do nothing in a sea full of everything.



10 Things A Vacation can teach You


1.    Laughing with a sunburn is like being stabbed by miniature porcupines.


2.   Scuba diving is epic awesomeness and mind*blowingly*scary.. all at once.  I have tried it a few times.  It still scares the crap outta me.  I sent the kids instead.  #WorldsBestAndWorstMomAllAtOnce


3.   Snorkelling is dangerously fun.   Exception : when you get salt water up your nose.  Gross.  I surely swallowed fish poop or something.  Definitely gross.


4.   Having a sunburn suddenly gives you a mad appreciation of not having one.


5.   Rum should be a food staple.  Stocked on all shelves.  At all times.  It just makes everything better.


6.   Kids are really funny.  Like rip roaringly funny.  Bust a gut.  Lose your mind.  Funny.  Until someone eats the last potato chip.


7.   Watching a turtle swim in the ocean is officially heaven on earth.   I had no idea that turtles need to come to the surface for air.  #I’mAsDumbAsAStick on vacation and I don’t care.  Dumb is the new smart.  I’m going with that.


8.   Snorkelling is off the hook awesome.  One problem :  Jaws ruined all chances of relaxation in an ocean.  I can still hear the music as my feet flap in the water.  Shutter.


9.   Do not keep beach finds and seashells  in a ziploc baggie for too long.  Customs will think you are exporting a dead body.  Not a good smell.  At all.



10.   Tubing behind a dingy… on the ocean… is equivalent to getting a really intense enema.  Same same but different.



Sometimes we forget that there was life before social media.

Stepping away from social media, when you work in social media is like walking away from… puppies… orphans… cupcakes … and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  It is almost impossible. It can be tough, peeps !! But in some ways ~ it’s a way to create boundaries for ourselves.   To allow ourselves to just relax.  To give ourselves permission to chillax.



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Take another kick at the can.  Even if it is a can of beer.

It’s up to us to step away from our computers and walk down the road.

To put down our iPhone and look up at the sky.

We have to decide to eat the freaking cupcake instead of taking a photograph of it.

It’s up to us to do a project and not think of it as a DIY  { bloggers elbow }

It’s up to us to take an excursion and not document it.

Every thought does not need to be a blog post.

It’s up to us to give ourselves the permission to take a break.  To take a load off.  To breathe.


10 Things a Vacation Can Teach You : How to do nothing in a sea full of everything.


It’s up to us to grab the opportunity of an undocumented vacation  { gasp !! }… even if only for a day.

Do you feel like you will go bananas ?  Well at least you are feeling something.


10 Things a Vacation Can Teach You : How to do nothing in a sea full of everything.


This week, I’m laying in a hammock even if I have to crochet it myself.  And I won’t post it as a DIY.

This week, I’m holding my babies instead of my iPad.  Even though the thought of leaving my iPad gives me a panic attack.  No kidding.  Weird is the new rad.  I hope.

This week, I will be audacious with calmness….for an hour, a day, or even a few minutes.

I will Breathe.

How about you?


Over to you… Can you do it?  Can you steal a few moments of calmness ?


10 Things a Vacation Can Teach You : How to do nothing in a sea full of everything.




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  1. Dean Tresierra says:

    Thank you,here I am perusing the net for an idea on shed doors and I end up on your DIY rail doors.i read your blog and begin chuckling right away,which is as good as gold considering its 2:30 am..no I don’t surf the net 24,7 I’m a log truck driver in British Columbia got to work found my truck decomitioned yep that’s right there was a brief 2 min of Yosemity Sam attitude.well that brings me to this moment I will be sharing your site with my sister Charlene,who I truly love to make smile,I’m sure she will cherish your humor and style as I have.your blog was digalicious,my new word for the day.

  2. Oh your pics just made me green with envy but also remarkably relaxed. We all need to take some time out every now and then, I just wish the afterglow stayed with us a little longer. xx

    • Ohhh how I completely agree ! Wouldn’t it be fabulous to bottle up the scent, sounds and feel of the ocean? Ahhhhh.

      Until then… we can have a vaycay in our heads. LOL. *dreaming*

      Lynne xx

  3. Your post is very nice that I need to read it again. I remember my vacation, it is the only time that I know I am alive. LOL Thanks for this great share.

  4. Janice (sounds like Ja'niece.... Dad did that) McIntire says:

    Just wanted to thank you for your brilliant posts. I’m an oldER girl trying to keep up… you provide the best tips and cool sites… and I get you! Feel the love…

    • Ja’neice ~

      I just had to spell it that way…. it sounds so pretty !!

      Your Dad must have had an awesome creative streak in him to name you that way. LOVE IT !!

      I feel the love !!! Thanks for sending it to me !!!! Right back atcha.

      Lynne xx

  5. Ivo says:

    This whole post reminds me that every time I go on a vacation I am taking more photos than enjoying the things I take pictures of.
    Happy relaxing, Lynne 🙂

    • Good point Ivo!! That is like asking everyone to stop having fun , pause for a photo , and have fun again. Blah. It’s fun to do a photo if the moment is right.

      Happy relaxing …. Right back atcha.

      Lynne 🙂

  6. Happy vacation, friend! I think l’ll have some rum with breakfast tomorrow…

  7. Kevin Ross says:

    Lynne… Thanks so much for the reminder. I feel like I was on vacation too. Well, not really, but your article was wonderful… and funny ! Time to make some plans… Have a great day…
    Cheers, Kevin.

  8. Dave says:

    Looks like a great time. Glad you got to get your family away.

    If you manage to get a picture of a cute little turtle, we’re in need of one for promoting our new “turtle friendly” amber LED series of lights. Great products, but trying to find a picture of a turtle has proved to be a difficult task. Let me know if you accept this task on your week of nothingness.

    Cheers to you all!

    • Hey Dave !!

      I can do that for you… if you want a photo of a pretend turtle. I bought a gorgeous little ceramic turtle yesterday. I could take some nice photos of him for you. Or would you prefer a real one? If so… no luck there. The only real thing hanging out is iguanas. They are cool. But they are NOT a turtle. ha !

      • Dave says:

        We’d prefer a cute real one. The search continues…

        The ceramic one could be a backup plan though.


        • Wait !!!!!!!! <--- that's a lot of exclamation marks. LOL. I forgot.... I have some great photos of tortoises from a Seychelles trip. Epic shots actually. Send me an email at lynne@lynneknowlton.com and I will send you a dropbox folder of photos. Maybe that will help you 🙂 !!!!!

  9. evie says:

    that was wonderful so happy to here u are all having the epic happiness of vakay…I accually learned how to do nothing for an hour this week by the pooll love you guys cant wait till u get home….now come on I know ya wanna….but if u don’t im here lol….luv ya

  10. Sandi says:

    Happy holiday! Keep singin’ may your merry wish come true! Hug those babies of yours for me!,,

    Auntie Sandi

  11. I have pretty much zero trouble stepping away from social media (ummm….my blog is a pretty good example of that! two posts in the last two months i think?). But I don’t relax instead. Not sure I know how anymore?! How terrible is that? I definitely need to work on that. I need a quieter mind. 😉
    Glad you guys got away together. Looks like a beautiful spot 🙂

    • Soooooo true! It is hard to quiet the mind. Nearly IMPOSSIBLE. Are we misfits of relaxation? LOL. Unless there is rum involved, a big hammock and a very good book… then …. just then… the laziness task could be accomplished. Time to hang a hammock in your backyard. haha! xx

  12. Suzanne says:

    Have a relaxing, stress free, vacation. Looks heavenly, I don’t know if I could ever do the relaxing thing,, it would stress me out.

    • ahhaahhaaa Suzanne, you crack me up. It would stress you out. LOL !! I get it. It takes serious work to just SIT. Still. For long periods of time. Torturous and fun all at once. xx

  13. lisa thomson says:

    Fantastic post, Lynne! Keep enjoying the nothingness that is vacation (with rum of course). Thanks for sharing your beautiful vacay pic’s too. Very inspiring and yes, we could all use a break from the social media once in a while. I haven’t been on face book all weekend and it felt nice, I must say. BEAUTIFUL… see you upon your return.

    • It is a beautiful thaaaaang to take a break, isn’t it Lisa? PS. Why was I not following you on twitter until now?!! Was I living under a rock? Big hugs. xx

  14. Oh you know I agree with you 100% x infinity!! Vacations are dreamy. Porcupines and sunburns is dead on. Yes you should always eat the cupcake. And yes not every thought (or even household project) has to be a blog post. Sometimes the best blog posts have nothing to do with a DIY. James and me want to go to New Orleans this summer just the two of us. We never went on a honeymoon. So we’ve made it our new mantra to try and get away for small trips every year. I cannot even begin to tell you how I am looking forward to eating gumbo, crawfish and experiencing the Big Easy.

    • Alex !

      I love the whole idea of road trips ! Great idea to go to New Orleans. Traveling as a couple makes parents…. better parents. Everyone needs a break. Even the kids love it. They can eat cake for breakfast with their grandma. 🙂

      Go for it girly !!!


  15. Shirley says:

    Lynne, you have to pack up a box of that feeling and bring it back home with you. Then at least once a day you need to take that box out of the cupboard, open it up, and enjoy an hour, a half hour, or even five minutes of pure peace and relaxation. You, unplugged. Voila, best vacation souvenir ever!

    • Shirley…..

      I have one word for you. BRILLIANT.

      I love the analogy. Tony Robbins teaches it sooooo often too… and it really works.

      Thanks for reminding me… I will practice it. Serious practice. Like in a hammock, kind of practice.

      xx Lynne

  16. Fun read. Love the idea of practicing a new definition of living, particularly in the dynamic world we live in. Although I can’t pull up that chair today and practice the art of pull up a chair, I’m going to have to create some space to regularly experience this form of art.

    • So true Michael. So very very true. We are all blasted with info on a daily basis. Crazy, fun, informative, but overwhelming at times. It takes serious concentration to shut it off. Enjoy the art of nothingness 🙂 xx