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Bringing the Caribbean Back Home

By Michal Spiegelman

Bringing the Caribbean Back Home

I usually share tips based on my own experience and success. Today, I am actually asking for your suggestions.

Yesterday I came back from a wonderful vacation: a week in the Caribbean, sailing on a cruise ship, surrounded by the endless crystal-blue ocean, listening to the waves, relaxing on the beach. Some days we enjoyed the entertainment on the ship, other days we visited exotic places on shore. It was the ultimate vacation: a well-balanced combination of activities and relaxation. The food was great, (especially since I did not have to do any cooking for a week), and even exercising at the gym was special because I could watch the ocean through huge windows all around me and use the Jacuzzi to end my workout.

A big part of this joyful time was being away and isolated from technology. I did not use my phone except for a few text messages, couldn’t access my voice mail, and used the internet only once a day to check my emails and reply to clients. That was it! Even my 18 year old daughter who usually uses texting as her main way of communication actually enjoyed a week with no texting and no Facebook. Can you imagine?

Towards the middle of the week this question arose in my mind: how do I take this experience home with me? How do I create a stress-free space in my real life?

Should I do a technology-free day once a week? Or maybe create a physical ?vacation? space in my house? Maybe I should wear my bathing suit and put some sunscreen once a week?

I remember when one of my clients who loves vacations on the beach, created a vision board a few months ago. Using magazine pictures, her own photos and some text, she created a visual collage that depicts her ideal life. Looking at the result, she noticed a lot beach/ocean/sand and blue and green colors on her board. She realized that getting centered on the beach is almost a necessity for her. We wanted to figure out how to bring this into her daily life, where going to the beach isn’t always an option. I helped her to come up with an action plan to turn this vision into reality. One of her decisions was to paint and decorate a room in her attic with an ocean theme. She now uses this room for writing & meditation and spending alone time whenever she wants.

One evening on the ship, I asked my family for ideas of how to integrate the vacation atmosphere into daily life. During the whole week, my daughter got upset with me every time I mentioned something that reminded her of life after the cruise. My husband simply said that he is not ready to talk about integration. He is still in the moment. My son reminded me that I can follow the Jewish tradition of Shabbat and have a rest (no work or technology time) every Saturday, dedicating the day to spiritual reading and rest.

Maybe I should turn off my computer and cell phone one evening a week?! Two evenings a week?!

I would like to have a plan or at least a clear structure to having a ?Caribbean? time as a normal part of my life ? at least until I go on my next cruise.

Would love to hear your ideas and suggestions: how should I create a ?Caribbean? space in my day to day/busy life?

Meet Michal
Michal Spiegelman

Michal Spiegelman is Medical Intuitive who helps women get to the root source behind disease, disharmony, imbalance, stress, and trauma-related conditions.

Having studied in Israel, Germany, England, and the U.S., Michal is a Certified Professional Coach, a Reiki Master, and a former social worker who brings years of experience working with a variety of modalities into her intuitive teachings, coaching and mentoring.

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  1. Heather

    I am so glad you and your family enjoyed the cruise. As you know, I love the ocean!

    We just came home from a two week road trip from Atlanta to New Hampshire and back, and we had some wonderful experiences, but it was anything but relaxing! It was almost like a reverse of your trip; being home felt like an oasis of calm. Routine became comfort. It’s all about perception, right?

    As for the technology trap, I’ve started to create a list of things to research on the computer and schedule specific internet time. I used to answer every phone call, return every text or email immediately, or sit down whenever I wanted during the day, and became completely sucked in, but would then feel resentful about how I was “wasting” my time.

    Great island trips remind me of joyful music and tropical fruit. Maybe you could have an island break with a fruity sparkling water and a ukelele song to remind you of how nice being relaxed feels.


    • michal

      Wow! I am so lucky to have all those great ideas! I plan to call these breaks “Island Break” like you said. I will actualy write it in my calendar.
      Glad that coming home was relaxing for you, Heather. Sounds like a good opportunity to remember that there is no place like home…
      Thanks so much, Heather.

  2. Ruth Petitt

    Definitely turn-off the computer one evening a week. Maybe even pick at least two times a month when you are email, internet free. Purchase a movie, video or cd that reminds you of vacation – sounds, scenes, pictures and enjoy it periodically. Make it all coincide with a day or evening when you don’t cook! 🙂

    • michal

      Thanks, Ruth. Adding the “no cooking” night to the no internet feels like a real vacation. I will probably decide on one evening a week to do that.

  3. Tracy

    Perhaps going to sleep to the sound of crashing waves? I like to be out in the evenings when the air is cooler and it is a bit windy, that subtle wind always reminds me of the beach. Scented candles that are reminiscent of the ocean are nice as well as decorating your home with sea shells or any other memorabilia

    that you have brought back from your trip can be a nice touch. Going out to eat at any establishment that has an ocean theme is also fun.

    Great to hear about your journey and hope you are settled and enjoying your new home.



    • michal

      Great ideas, Tracy. I love the “wind” connection and the candles as a reminder. Hope to see you soon!


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