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005: When Everyday is a Holiday

Let's chat about what living a 'holiday' every day means, and how I think it's less about location and more about the state of mind.

Hey friends,

It's time to get something off my chest. There's this thing I hear quite often and it used to bug me. I know it was never said in a mean way and I've heard it from different people - from friends, family or even just random people I meet and get chatting to. It's "Your life is a holiday." Okay, I know how it sounds when I hop around different countries, but that doesn't mean I'm always chilling with a cocktail by the pool.

Life's a bit more complex than that, isn't it? I mean, you could be sat on a beach in Spain but still, be knee-deep in work stuff. Or, you might be in your local cafe just around the corner and feel like you're in total relaxation mode. So, it's less about where you're physically sitting and more about what's going on inside your head at the time.

The funny thing is, when I'm out in Bali, I'm actually in full-on work mode. But when I go home? That's when I really feel like I'm on holiday. That's the time I get to hang out with my family and friends and just, well, be present. I know I only have a few months with them, so I make the most of it. There have been times when I've felt more on holiday while lying on the sofa at my mum's house than being on a beach in Bali.

A lot of people think that this chilled-out version of me is how I am all year round. But it's not the whole picture - that's just the holiday mode. There are late nights and weekends, the hard graft that goes into what I do that most don't see. It's the unsexy reality that we don't see. But I think I've found my peace with it over the years because I don't really think people are talking about me and my work ethic.

When someone says "Everyday's a holiday for you," I think they're referring more to a state of mind and vibe than a location. They're talking about that feeling of being relaxed, enjoying life, having time to spare. And if that's what living a holiday every day means, then I'm all for it.

Will end this week with a thought. What if more of us tried to live every day like it's a holiday? Why build up all this tension and stress over the year just for a couple of weeks off? Maybe we could all try and find that holiday spirit in our everyday life a little bit more.

Anyway, that's it for now. Here are some things I found interesting this week.

1.  illow

You know those annoying cookie pop-ups that show up every time you visit a website? Well, if your site collects data, then it's the law to have them. It might feel a bit daft because, let's be honest, who actually takes the time to read all those terms and conditions? But privacy is privacy, and it's important. Found this little tool illow that sorts it all out for you. I want to make sure metalabs is all compliant right from the start. A cool little bonus of this is that I can now offer this service to clients. I sort out a problem for myself, and then I'm able to solve it for other people too. It's one of those win-win situations that I just love stumbling upon.

And that's it for this week folks! Thanks for reading have a great week ahead and I'll catch you next week.




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