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A few weeks ago, I read an eye-opening article in Time.

It was about the disappearing American vacation and how, as a nation, we’re taking less time off and feeling more exhausted and stressed than ever.

The piece talked about the devastating impact chronic overwork has on productivity, health and happiness. (Some research links overwork to depression and cardiovascular problems. No surprise there, right?)

No matter where you live in the world, many of us can relate to feeling overstretched. Like we’re busting at the seams with the non-stop demands of modern life. Which brings me to my point.

This is the last MarieTV post you’ll get from me.

Yup, I’m pulling the plug on my entire operation…

…for the next two weeks, that is!

We’re closing down our company for a summer holiday so that everyone on Team Forleo can take meaningful, extended time with those they love.

If you’re listening to the noise of the world it’s impossible to hear the whispers of your soul. Click To Tweet

I’m an entrepreneur who believes that time off is medicine.

Because a healthy, happy team makes for a healthy, happy company. We’ve done this close-down-the-whole-shop-for-two-weeks last winter and it was a game changer.

Everyone on our team (myself included) came back uber refreshed and bursting with energy, inspiration and creativity.

And from a health perspective, the research seems to agree. A yearly holiday can reduce the risk of heart attack by 30% in men and a whopping 50% in women.

If we want anything to change — within our lives, our businesses, or our society — we have to take action and lead the way.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn how a croissant craving and a sign on a door led me to rewrite the rules of my business, and how you might too.

As promised, here’s the link to the Harvard Business Review article about the power of making time off predictable — and required.

Consistently challenging your own assumptions about how things are, or should be done, is vital if you want to do your best work and enjoy your life along the way.

Because truthfully, most of us are so busy doing what we think we have to do that we never stop and ask, “Is this really what I want to do?”

So this week, I’d love to know:

What’s one thing you wish you could do in your business (or life) that you think you can’t do? What would happen if you challenged that assumption, and allowed yourself to re-write your own rules?

And, just in case you’re wondering… yes, I’m fully aware that taking any time off is an incredible luxury, given the economic challenges millions face. It’s something I do not take lightly, or take for granted.

Do your best to share as much detail as you can because thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may just be what someone else needs to have a breakthrough.

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be deleted as they can come across as spammy.

Thank you so much for watching, commenting and sharing with such passion. Enjoy the next few weeks and we’ll be back soon.

With all my love,

XO

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  1. OH MY GOSH! I am so with you, Marie, on this! I live and breathe my business (because I love it so!) but taking a break is so necessary. (Why am I not doing that?)

    It would feel so weird to me to hang out the “Gone Fishing” sign for a week but I suspect it would be a great thing to do. I’m re-branding (coming in October) and maybe a break between this iteration of my business and the new one would be a great way to bring fresh energy to it.

    Thanks for the reminder! (See you in 2 weeks!)

    • Hi Lisa! It can feel weird at first, but let that “weirdness” compel you to dig deeper. Why, exactly, does it feel weird? What are you nervous about, afraid of, etc? Those deeper questions are really useful to ask and answer. Good luck on your rebrand, that’s a lot of work 🙂

    • Yes. Totally agree with you on this and I am guilty of letting my business that I LOVE consume me. I did take 10 days in February and it was a game changer. I am aiming for 2 weeks this winter. Stepping away and unplugging from my business terrifies me even though I know that somehow the world will keep spinning when I do. Down time, recreation and time to sharpen the proverbial old ax is not only deserved but ESSENTIAL. Thanks for this – nice reminder right now. LOVE!

    • Marie, ENJOY your vacation time !!

      I vowed that this year I would take Sundays offf. My Day ! It has been heavenly. Yes, I’m aiming for 2 days off and consecutive days would be fabulous. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying laying back in my Zero Gravity chair and watching the clouds float by as I breath in and breath out. zzz ooops

      I am planning a get away for a week or so in October. It makes my motor rev just thinking about it!

      Thanks for the reminder !

      • Caroline - Team Forleo

        Oh wow, I so want a Zero Gravity chair now!

        Thanks so much for tuning in, Colleen 🙂

    • Sanja Glucina

      Hi Marie, thank you sooo much for all your words and giggles. I get so much from them!! This week especially I love that you say it’s ok to take time off work, COMPLETELY. I’ve just had a 2 week ‘Wellbeing’ break and I can not tell you how wonderful I feel. It’s something you need to make time for and really there isn’t another option. Over here in New Zealand we’re lucky enough to get 4 weeks off per year so I’ll be sure to take them!!
      Thank you kindly, best wishes Sanja 🙂

  2. “Great things happen when you unplug from tech and plug into real life.” Yep. That. Pretty much sum it up. I know a couple of “power players” who push, push, push and brag about working 19 hour days. “I’m working smarter and harder,” one of them said. Well, he looks old… like he’s aged twice as fast as his colleagues. Sure he’s got lots of cash, but part of me wonders how much longer he’s going to be around to enjoy it. There’s got to be a balance, as far as I’m concerned, and that’s what I teach my clients. 🙂

  3. Well perhaps this would have been keen to do in July. But it’s back to school already and at this time of the year i am all excited about the newness this season brings. While folks are fishing I’ll be painting up a storm! Power of being your own boss! Boom! We are timekeepers. Alchemists of our own accord. 🙂

    • Love it Bernard. And, if this idea excites you, consider blocking off some unplugged time for July 2016!

  4. I love that you’re shining light on this topic. Ever since I entered the workforce, I could tell the workaholic culture that we live in is unhealthy and counterproductive. Every time I’d have to leave the office after working a full day and take work home to keep it going, I’d feel drained and barely able to keep up a high level of productivity the following day. I wholeheartedly agree that time to rest and rejuvenation are crucial for optimal productivity and creativity. Thanks for this video!

  5. I want to move to Paris…but I have no idea how I could make a
    living there. I finished B-school and am trying to create a lucrative business for myself here in NYC…I am a yoga teacher and spent the past five years building enough classes to support myself but, I still live with roommates and I just turned 40! And days like today… I just feel my debt and have all sorts of doubt on how I can really make a lucrative living doing all the things I love to do: teach/coach/music… It’s almost ten years in NYC and I really, really need a change. Maybe I just need to cry it out and then I’ll feel better.

    • Deb

      Charlene,

      You are brave and you can do it, just keep “listening to the whispers of your soul.”

    • Sara Pietila

      Hey Charlene I just wanted to say: you can do it! I feel your pain about debt and having doubts. I don’t know your whole story but I would suggest getting extra creative about your income. Is there a retail business you can add to your already successful classes? Yoga t-shirts, or pants? Or can you record some of your classes to stream online?

      I only ask because recently I’ve decided to do something COMPLETELY different. I am private voice and piano teacher. I realized recently that as much as I enjoy it I want something different in my life and, honestly, I need to make a bit more money if I hope to save for retirement, pay off debts, etc. Therefore, I’m starting an online stationary and gift boutique. I love stationary and never thought I could do something different but following Marie, and Hilary Rushford (check her out on instagram if you haven’t yet) has inspired me to say: “I can create the life I want to live and the business I feel inspired by.” My other motto is: “No one else is going to do it for me.”

      I know this is incredibly long, but I saw your post and was instantly drawn to it. I just want you to know you can do it. If Paris is your dream…you have the means to make it happen!!

      • awww… thank you so much for all your heartfelt words. I really, really appreciate your advice. I think I just felt completely overwhelmed by everything I’ve learned from B-school and then unexpectedly, my father just had a kidney transplant (it’s a GOOD thing) and I have to travel home (more money I wasn’t planning on!) and I just felt like, why can’t I afford a last minute trip home? How am I in this…again?!? So, that’s why this “Paris” dream sounded so wonderful…an escape, a new adventure…etc. I just spent my 40th birthday in Paris and it was the FIRST vacation I have taken in 10 years!!! Can you believe? I was always working, and going home (to LA) to visit with family and I don’t get paid for my time off…etc. Anyway, it was magical and I loved it. I am working on a ton of things to hopefully help expand my brand/business. One of which is I created a fun challenge inspired by my big 4-0! I started 40 Days of Fearless Acts…every day or so I do something that scares me, that I’ve never done before, etc… and I post about it. I think that also has heightened every emotion in me…I feel incredible after I conquer something and then later, just sad….it’s been a REAL learning experience. Anyway, I really want to thank you. I am looking into live streaming my yoga classes. I think that’s a good one!! Now this is equally long…haha 😉 xoxo

    • Hey Charlene, as someone who used to have a lot of debt and got out of it, I understand that desire to be debt free. Curious, are you systematically working that debt down? That was a huge motivator for me as I knew it would take time, but that I was actively making progress on it. Being multipassionate is a beautiful thing, but remember – you do not have to monetize all your passions (and most of us shouldn’t try to — especially all at once!), or try to make them a part of one business. Ask yourself, “Given my lifestyle and financial goals, which one of these areas, if focused on fully, would give me the greatest chance of success?” Hope this helps and sending you love!

      • Thank you so much for your response, Marie! You are a real inspiration. I just think I feel overwhelmed and because I have an unexpected trip home (my father just had a Kidney transplant and its a good thing!) I was looking into charging, yet another thing that I don’t have the means to pay for now. But, I understand what you’re saying… I think my goal for B-school was how to transition from teaching so many classes (as it’s physically exhausting running around this city) into creating a locationally independent coaching/mentoring business. Meanwhile, some of my classes got cut of the summer schedule and I had been teaching music to kids and those also got cut so…I was like, woah…how I am here…again?! I had been working down my debt but now, I am just paying the minimum until I can afford more. B-school was something I charged as I believed it was/is an investment in my business/me…and I know I can and will pay it down. I also know whenever this happens…cause its happened many times before…it just gives me the fuel to create something great that will be lucrative. But, having said that…I did CRY IT OUT!!! and I capitalize that because I think its important to admit. And one more thing… I have so much SHAME around being 40 and still living with ROOMMATES!!! SO, THERE!!! I’m putting it out!!! I’m 40 AND SINGLE AND LIVING WITH ROOMMATES!!!!!!! hahahahahaa….I laughing now. I feel better. Thanks, Marie and your awesome tribe. This is the first time I’ve ever commented on your site -ha! xoxo

        • Hi Charlene,
          You are an inspiration too. Thanks for being so authentic and bold. What a cathartic post, it’s really helped me stop and laugh at my problems as well! With this level of honesty, you are sure to make an excellent coach.

          • awww thank you so much, Emily! That is so sweet of you to write. I am so grateful I shared what I am going through cause I really feel so much better! xoxo

    • Charlene, I suggest you read ‘Wishcraft’- How to Get What You Really Want, by Barbara Sher. Despite it’s title, it is really down to earth and full of useful methods and advice.

      • Charlene

        Thank you…I will!

        • Angela

          Hi Charlene

          Glad you can laugh at it all (at least sometimes). I am paying off my debt alright, but it means I am tied to a Monday to Friday desk job which is destroying my life, my health and most of all my soul. I hate it. How is it that someone else gets to decide when I have to get up, when I can eat (i.e. working hours and set lunch times), what I can wear, where I am…. ? I soooo desperately want out, but like you, I don’t know how the house and the bills will get paid if I give up work. Where will I live? What will I live on? I haven’t been as brave as you to ever try and make it by being self-employed. Believe it or not, you have a lot of experience if you’ve been at rock bottom and have come through it. It means you’re miles ahead of me on the journey, so don’t forget to email when you’ve made it to Paris and give me some tips. Because YOU WILL GET THERE.

          • Charlene

            Hi Angela:

            Thanks for your sweet words. I know what that feels like, too. I spent many years working at a job that didn’t serve me…which is why I ended up moving back with roommates (for cheaper rent) so I can build my life the way I wanted. And, like I shared above, I’m incredibly grateful to feel completely used up (in a great way!!) at the end of my days, but…real about the money struggle. I do know if I can do it, SO CAN YOU! It’s about baby steps…first step is to admit you want to change, second is start finding other ways to do what you love, even if it’s a little bit at a time. And reaching out to mentors, people who inspire you, ask them how they got to where they are…it WILL inspire you to hear someone else’s story and hopefully, motivate you to take action towards your dreams. “Success leaves clues..” I believe that’s a Tony Robbins quote.

            Funny thing is…I did put out there that I wanted to teach less classes and let go of my kids music classes and Boom! the universe took care of that for me…at bit all at once, but that’s how it works. And just last night, I received a random check from some settlement for a small, but significant amount of money…and I took it as a sign…don’t worry, the money is coming. I’m so glad I shared my story because look at all you angels who stepped up and encouraged me to continue. Sometimes, that’s all we really need to hear. It’s a powerful thing to speak our truth. Thank you for Marie and this beautiful community for letting me share mine. xoxo

    • Anna Diaz

      As someone who moved to Paris after college, I can honestly say, what a wonderful desire you have!!!! Listen to the whispers — or cries, rather! — of your soul. I moved to Paris in 1991 with $1500 in my pocket, and no job, no longterm place to stay. It was a childhood dream of mine to master French, and my excitement was bigger than any fear. My attitude was, I have nothing to lose. I was in my 20’s, but I met two different American women, one in her 40’s, one in her 50’s, who had left fairly lucrative careers (one had been on Wall Street) and gone to Paris to start from scratch. If you need a change, it is EXHILARATING to move to a place you’ve dreamed of moving to.

      There’s a great networking tool you can use to maybe build a clientele in Paris, find lodging, meet friends, etc. It’s a publication called FUSAC, which stands for France USA Contacts. Look it up online. I used it in the 90’s to find jobs. Also contact the American Church in Paris.

      Also, listen to your intuition. Sonia Choquette, Hay House author and intuition expert (her mom survived a concentration camp by using her intuition, then taught it to her kids), offers many techniques to tune into your intuition/your inner Spirit. I’ve used her techniques, and it’s amazing how I am getting more and more clear messages from my Spirit, through dreams, and through thoughts that guide me.

      Sonia says when we approach things from a standpoint of “What’s right or wrong for me” or “What should I do,” those are based in fear. Instead, we should ask ourselves, “Is this TRUE for me?” or “Is this relevant to me?” These are part of her “Taking out the garbage” technique, which is useful when you’re trying to figure something out like you’re doing right now. You might be able to find the technique online or in one of her books.

      I wish you the best, Sister! And I believe that if you have the desire to go to Paris, that is probably somehow part of your calling or your mission in life. You never, ever know where things can lead, and what wonderful things can unfold when you step out on faith.

      Lots of Love,
      Anna

      • Thank you so much, Anna for your encouraging words and recommendations! I will absolutely use them and to make Paris happen! 🙂

      • Chelsea - Team Forleo

        Anna, what a beautiful share with such helpful insight. I love your story.

        Go Charlene go!

      • Lisa Marie

        Hi Anna
        I just read your response to Charlene’s declaration for a great life change and Paris endeavour . I too recently have been called to go live in Paris , & France .I’m a New Zealander living in Northern Canada. So yet another confirmation for me to follow my heart and keep my dreams alive.
        Thankyou for your insight and information.
        Namaste xo

    • Lisa Marie

      Charlene, I have recently considered moving to Paris for 6 months or longer- how to make that happen ?So coming across your message was another sign that perhaps I’m on the right path. I’m open to the possibilities of being able to share my love, light , laughter , life experiences and adventures with the world. I’m not sure what the package looks like yet , just following my heart , and little nudges from spirit . Not without my share of challenges and believe me my soul craves its grandest adventure yet. I’m 52 years young !
      Keep your dreams alive & go for it !
      If this were your last day alive on this planet ‘what would you be doing ‘? love light laughter Lise xo

      • Charlene

        Thank you!! Same to you!

  6. Lyn Wakefield

    Hey team Forleo. Have a wonderful couple of weeks off 🙂

  7. This is so true! In the last couple of years, I’ve started taking at least a 1 week fully unplugged vacation, but I find it’s also helpful to create a mini version of this as part of my daily ritual. Every morning, I get up extra early to spend 2 hours on tasks that contribute to my productivity during the day, but not directly – walking my dog, working out, having a long + hot shower, getting dressed and ready to rock my day. And every night, I also make sure that after dinner, my phone is off and I’m present in my conversations with my family. Without this, my creativity and energy would be way too zapped to serve my clients the way I want to.

  8. I always tell myself I don’t have time to calm down, relax or pursue my writing, but the truth is I need to schedule it in my week even a small amount is better than nothing.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Yes, Jill! As Marie often says, “if it’s not scheduled, it’s not real.” 😉

  9. Absolutely ADORE this! I couldn’t agree more, this is a valuable, but challenging lesson, that I’ve slowly been learning the last year. Thank you for reinforcing that self care is important to a happy, healthy life!

  10. Alexis

    Yay! Im so excited for Team Forleo to take a 2 week vaca. You all work so hard. Enjoy enjoy enjoy! <3

    • Thanks Alexis!

      • Lisa Marie

        Hi Marie,
        I think its a fabulous idea for the whole team to take some quality time off to rest & rejuvenate ! It would be even more amazing when other employers adopt this approach to work & life ! Kudo’s to you 🙂
        I love your Marie TV , your humour , your panache !
        Love light laughter Lisa xo

  11. Hi Marie,
    I came over from the email you sent me to announce that thing I thought “I just can’t do” … Posting packages all over the world to help people Make Each Month Matter through evoxly 🙂 After a tonne of preparation & getting ready to be ready I’ve decided to just put it out there and give people a chance to receive some Snail Mail love 🙂 I have a few last things to prepare, but I’m going for it on Friday – that’s in 3 days!!! Yayyyyy!!! Thank you for always providing what I need to see/hear.
    Also, LOVE that you’re giving Team Marie a break – lucky staff & how fabulous when you’re all refreshed 🙂 Have a great holiday! xoxx

  12. So glad you give this great example Marie! I also booked my two week holiday. And even in the Netherlands it’s not so common to just stop your blog / business for two whole weeks. But I’m doing it!
    With my business I’m helping woman to recover from their burn-out. So you can understand why I’m loving this message so much :). Everyone should take their Soul-time to stay happy. Love, Lieke

  13. Belinda

    Marie,
    I learned this after my husband had to have bypass surgery from being so stressed and we had not taken a vacation in the 20 years we had been married, we were workaholics and raising 2 kids with busy lives. We have since joined a travel club and it has allowed us to take 2 vacations a year one long weekend and one 10 day to 14 day. It has changed who we are, it is so true that after, we are full of ideas and refreshed to take on whatever challenges come our way! Married 35 years now and loving life together!

    • Beautiful story Belinda! Thank you for sharing this. So thrilled for you and your husband and congrats on 35 years. Amazing 🙂

  14. Katie

    Enjoy your two weeks off team Forleo, you deserve it! I believe in the power of unplugging and I think we all need to do this a bit more often for health and sanity.

  15. Hi, Marie

    For a few months now I managed to have Saturdays free, which gives me time to be creative with my time. But yes, most of the time I still manage to work on the business.

    However, now my downtime is part of my business plan and weekly schedule.

    Thank you for the tweetable – lovely 🙂

    • Awesome Llyane, so happy that downtime is an essential part of your weekly schedule. And, you’re welcome on that tweetable!

  16. Hey Marie – you and I are on the same wavelength.Taking a real break (not just a day or two here and there) is necessary for good health and good business! Thanks for your good work and enjoy those 2 weeks off!

  17. Hi Marie,

    I would love to take my yoga retreats abroad to warmer climates in the winter months, create the right space for folks to take their time off and get paid and possibly a suntan too 🙂

  18. Love this! I am 100% on board with more vacation time! For me, I think the one thing that I wish I could do, that I think I can’t do in my business would really center around the belief of needing to keep up with everyone else—itis. I also feel like it always has to be me, rather than an assistant that does the SM. But I think I may look into hiring someone to manage it all, so I can just create, hand things to her and be done.

    And I do think it’s a sickness. I notice that when I challenge this belief and unplug ( I just delete the social media apps from my phone, so there won’t be temptation) I feel more grounded, more creative and more relaxed.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      I totally agree, Carrie. I don’t have social media on my phone for the same reason, and it helps so much!

      Also, it can be really game-changing to bring someone else on board so you can focus on creation. It could actually help you “keep up” more if you’re not as focused on some of the day-to-day things.

      Check out this vintage MarieTV episode on hiring/outsourcing for a few tips: http://marieforleo.com/2011/08/outsource-grow-business/

      • What a great idea to get rid of all social media apps off the phone. I have just put them on in the last month and have this really strong urge to check in any down time I have. It’s amazing how strong the urge is….what is that??! Right off they go 🙂

  19. You took the words right out of my head this morning. Glad to know I’m not alone. Thanks for another inspiring video. Enjoy the time off!

  20. Linda Lopez

    Hi,
    I love this video and I feel it’s so needed for everyone to take vacations. For me it’s a bit hard because my job is planning people’s vacation so it’s somewhat challenging for me to shut off. Of course I love what I do because it’s makes people happy but this video has made me step back and take a look at my situation. I just went to the Bahamas for training and added a few extra days to enjoy and I did. However, those extra days were spent touring different resorts and basically working. It’s fun work for sure but there has to be a way this vacation planner can make it happen for herself. I absolutely love your videos and I’m so glad I found your channel on you tube months ago. Enjoy your two weeks off 🙂

    • Thanks Linda! Taking real downtime for yourself on vacation will be a challenge, given your industry and how much you love what you do. But I have no doubt you can do it. Book a trip that has **nothing** at all to do with work. My bet is it will super charge your passion and bring an extra layer of authenticity to your work!

  21. I remember when you shut down in December and you had that cool website. About today’s question, I am a one person team and I don’t think I can afford to hire help. I know I can’t afford it. This year my 6yr old needed to be hospitalized and all my work came to a halt. He has since made a full recovery but the bill came out to 64k. I also don’t feel comfortable accepting free labor. What I’ve done in the past is to negotiate a delayed payment plan. I know this is only temporary 2015 has kicked my butt thoroughly but its also been a huge learning experience.

    I’m working to finish my 2016 planner so I can have some income and actually grow my business.

    • Maria, I am so very sorry about your son. Thank goodness he’s made a full recovery. Stay strong in yourself, and — if there *are* folks in your life who want to pitch in to help you (free of charge), don’t deny yourself that gift. Let your community support you. There are many times I help people in my life because I love them, and want to support them, and want to see them win. I think I get more out of it then they do 🙂 XOXO M.

  22. Peony

    I think it’s definitely important to take time off and unwind. It does look slightly different for everyone, IMO. For example, with my current job, it’s easy for me to literally take off and (mostly) forget about work. I get 4 weeks vacation per year plus perks like earned days off, stat holidays, etc. You better believe I’m taking all of it and not doing ANY work. We jet off several times per year. My husband’s job has way more responsibility, and he typically checks his email a couple of times a day during vacations because that is WAY less stressful for him than coming back to 3,000 emails and so on. I think it’s all about balance. If he can only unwind by checking his email 1-2x a day, I’m ok with that. I’m also working towards getting my business off the ground, and I see myself working through vacations (at least to begin with). However, so far anyway, I am enjoying the unpaid hours I’m putting into my baby not-quite-a-business-yet way more than I am enjoying the paid work I do. I know that at some point down the line I am going to have to say enough is enough – I need a REAL break. Even if you’re doing what you love, you need to disconnect once in a while… whatever that looks like.

  23. Veselina

    Hi Marie,
    this is a wonderful episode and I totally support your opinion.
    I live in Germany and we have 30 days off during the year (yes – thirty!). And Germany has quite a powerful economic 😉 So, I´ve heard about overworked people in USA and I really wonder how do you do this.
    For us it is important to be totally productive, when you go to work and live our passion, when we have holidays. I wish you and all of your fans to be able to make more out of your spare-time and manage some more time, when you feel it is not enough!

    • Hi Veselina! Thank you for bringing this up. I’m still a bit in shock that the the U.S. is the only advanced economy that doesn’t require employers to offer paid holidays or time off.

      It’s part of the reason I’m passionate about this topic. Yes, we must work to create change on the policy level, but in the meantime, we must lead by example.

  24. Hi Marie,
    This is my favourite video of all time.
    You are such an inspiration – so happy you made this radical change!
    Katie 🙂

  25. SARA H.

    Thank you for setting a great example, Marie!

    From personal experience, I can tell you that over doing it at work will catch up with you sooner or later.

    Why not circumvent a health crisis by being kind to your body and let it have the rest it needs? Most likely, if it has been awhile since you have stepped away from your daily routine, your family and co-workers will thank you for returning with a refreshed outlook!

  26. This is great timing for me. The thought of taking a break from blogging has crossed my mind…yet I keep telling myself “I can’t do that.” I’m still in the initial, building my business up phase. Blogging feels so crucial to that process (I post weekly). I keep assuming that if I take a break from blogging, I’m going to lose steam on building the business as a whole.

    I think I can reframe that by considering that if I DO take a blogging break, I’ll come back refreshed with even better, more valuable content. Counter to my initial thoughts, taking a break could actually help me GROW my business.

    Thanks for making me think… 🙂

    • Good way to look at it. Especially if the creative well is running dry-then take a break.

  27. Sara Pietila

    I am taking your message to heart in a different way today. I’ve recently been considering shutting down my business for good. I currently have two businesses I run and am trying to start a 3rd. One of them is something I did for a while just to help pay the bills and now feels only like a drain on time. I think it is time for something totally new. So I think a permanent vacation is in order for that particular part of my life in order to make way for something more inspiring and fulfilling.

    • Good for you Sara. I love that you’re challenging your own assumptions here!

  28. I do to, I actually do it every time I feel frustrated or too stressed out because of work. Sometimes I just go anywhere I wanna go and take a book to read. I can tell you Marie, my friends are so jealous and always ask me how do I do it. I love my life so I always want to take things seriously and happily. It’s a nice video …

  29. Josie

    Hey Marie,

    You and your fantastic team deserve a wonderful vacation.

    Enjoy!

  30. Oh wow! Today I needed this! You are so right. The frantic online energy can suck the creativity right out of you. In fact, I am starting to admire creatives that choose NOT to do an insane amount of hustle and just focus on their GOOD work. I have always loved the pace of life in Europe, it’s just a moatter of channeling it here! Good word, Marie!

  31. Hi Marie,

    WOW. Thank you so much for this video.

    This resonated with me so much as I am a workaholic myself. I know I have to take some time off but I feel guilty when I do, which is not right and which is not supposed to happen.

    Like what Lisa mentioned above, balance is the key to productivity.

    I hope you and Team Forleo have a blast and we look forward to your return.

    Luna

  32. Paula

    Hi from Brazil Marie! LOOOOVE your videos and share here with everyone that I know! 🙂 Thanks by the way!
    For me, it is totally dificult to manage my work (in finance) and my passions (to learn different things, connect with people, and etc….)!
    But I challenge myself to see some oportunities to have it happen here, yeap, to do what I love in this enviroment.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!
    🙂

  33. Jackline Makandi

    Hi Marie and your Team,

    I have loved this episode!
    Happy vacation guys! Will miss you..

  34. great topic. I wish I could let myself paint for the fun and joy of it and not just to fill an assignment. When I allow myself art for fun it usually leads to all good but I struggle with “allowing” it

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      I so hear you, Erin! I play music myself, so I can completely relate that it’s hard sometimes to allow “play” or “fun” with something we also do for work.

      If you haven’t checked out “The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron, I definitely recommend it — especially for artists. It helps inspire ways to carve out some of that play time in the work that we do!

  35. Hey Marie,

    It’s so funny, the hubs and I were talking about something like this. I was busting my brain trying to figure out a freebie for my opt in when he said to me, why do you need a freebie? I said so I can get their email addy and keep in touch with them. So he said, why not just say that?

    It was like I got slapped with a head of broccoli! I’m like just because everyone says or expects you to give something, doesn’t mean you have to. State your true intention and you’ll be fine. (At least it sounds good. That’s to be determined…)

    Ashley

    • It’s absolutely worth a test Ashley. And, if you take the pressure off and get to know your folks a bit more, my hunch is you’ll know *exactly* what you’d like to offer them!

  36. Pamela Englebert

    Outstanding, Marie and Team Forleo!! Enjoy your time off! I don’t know anyone who deserves it more! Wishing you love and lots of fun surprises for your time away and the next MarieTV will be even sweeter!??

  37. Hi Marie,

    This is your best video to date. As a naturopath, I am constantly encouraging people to take down time and unplug. In America we have lost the ability to take care of ourselves. I am so glad you decided to cover this topic, I think it will give people (particularly women) the encouragement they need to prioritize time off.

    Jennifer

  38. Jackline Makandi

    Am welcoming you to Kenya to enjoy our beautiful scenaries over your vacation.

  39. Awesome! Great reminder – thank you Marie!
    I am in the middle of creating my first high end program and I’ve been more chained to my keyboard lately than I ever have been (in a good way).
    Next Monday I’m taking off to Sedona and doing nothing but hiking,picnicking, and enjoying nature for the entire day. After watching this, I’ve decided that my phone will be turned off during my getaway.
    Thank you Marie!

  40. Deb

    TEAM FORLEO – Here’s to the best vacation ever! Have fun out there!

    Marie, it is so powerful for you to lead by example, especially when it comes to today’s tweetable. I think this phrase is going to be the jingle that I can’t get out of my head for years to come.

    “If you’re always listening to the noise of the world it’s impossible to hear the whispers of your soul.”

  41. First time commenting 🙂

    We all need a break so have a wonderful vacation with friends and family.

    I believe taking a break is important and its hard just starting out in my business but I know I will miss out with my kids as they are heading to school soon. We are taking just a weekends away and turn off work just for them and for me. Its great and I feel ready to get back to business on Monday.

    Enjoy your summer

  42. I loved hearing you “after all you’re creating a business and a life you love!”
    Exact reminder I needed to hear today!
    Thanks Marie
    Enjoy ur time off y’all
    Mitzi.

  43. Fantastic!!! I almost need to have someone tell me it’s okay to stop!!! Just for a little while…but stop…and let something new recreate your passion!
    🙂
    I am not rich…so I tell myself, KEEP WORKING!!! Like I am a slave…well, this slave is claiming freedom…thanks, Marie…for the inspiring revelation!

  44. This is one reason why I moved to Europe (Germany)!

    Even the freelancers here take off and their business’ do not shut down! I’m not quite at that stage yet. e.g. I took my recording equipment on vacation, answered mails, social media posted, wrote a few proposals AND submitted my application for the #CopyCure scholarship. If I had shut down completely, I wouldn’t have died, but I would have missed out on a few important opportunities…

    On the other hand, I was back ‘home’ visiting my sick dad for 2 weeks right before my vacation and I didn’t take my equipment because I was flying and didn’t want to bother with it. Because of that I had to turn down 3 jobs during those 3 weeks, but my attitude was, oh well, my dad is way more important, sorry… I didn’t write that of course, but I felt it and have no regrets…

    I don’t think I could ever leave my computer home while on vacation until I retire though, but I don’t think that’s bad. I can handle that…

    But this is such a big issue in the states! Please people, take breaks and allow your employees to take them too. 5 days is NOT enough – minimum 2 weeks – OR threaten to move to Europe! 🙂

    Peace,
    Jessica

  45. Marta

    I love this video Marie! I always said that North America should take example from Europe and shut down business for vacations. It’s not the end of the world, all humankind will survive!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Exactly, Marta! And even thrive 🙂

  46. Maddy Gray

    Marie!! As always your beautifully timed posts seem to speak directly to my soul…one thing I have been struggling with lately is letting go of relationships and situations that don’t serve me to create the life I want to live. Now I’m off to write down my “perfect day”, then I will break it down into steps & decisions to make, to achieve the life I dream of…️Thankyou for all that you are and all that you do…. Pure magic xxx

  47. We do this as a team during the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas with Simple Green Smoothies, but I LOVE the idea of taking 2 weeks off together in the winter AND the summer. This is totally doable for us as a company and a team. My only question is how does Team Forleo handle the comments that will come in on social media and email during those two weeks? We have an active community on Instagram (370k+ followers), Facebook (290k+ fans), and email (300k+ subscribers). And I know there would be a great build-up during those times.

    • Hey Jadah – we’re turning off comments on FB, putting up kind but clear ARs for email and I’ll have a clear post up on Insta. Check out our social channels after Friday and you’ll see what we do 🙂

      • Awesome! Social stalking here we come! 🙂

        • This was my question, as well. Thank you so much for asking it, Jadah!

          Also…

          Marie, I’ve always heard that FB penalizes you if you don’t post regularly. When you do come back online, the reach won’t be as high. Is this true? Or is this a Facebook Urban Legend!

        • totally wanted to know the answer to this question. and two weeks off is happening at the end of the year for sure. thank you for asking and thank you Marie for answering.

  48. Fantastic post and just what I needed right now. I feel like my brain is on constant information overload with work, social media, life, etc. Unplugging would be phenomenal.

    A challenge that I keep coming up with is to do with my blog and how to monetize it down the road. I don’t think it’s insurmountable, but I need to be able to take that time to be creative and think through my options, rather than feeling overwhelmed and getting that nagging feeling that “you just can’t do it”. That nagging feeling is a falsehood, and it’s definitely not the whisper of my soul!

    • “That nagging feeling is a falsehood, and it’s definitely not the whisper of my soul!” Hell yeah Victoria! That’s exactly right. Byron Katie says the truth makes us feel lighter, and lies make us feel heavier.

  49. thank you!!! as always, just what my soul needed!!!

  50. I fully agree! 🙂 And I wonder, what about those breaks throughout the day, do you then still need a fully unplugged holiday?
    I mean, someone who is *working* two hours a day doing something she loves, that already seems like holidays basically.
    hmmmmm, not sure about that.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Great Q, Lydia and I do think it’s still important to take actual breaks — even short ones. I consider myself very fortunate that everything I do for work is something I love, but no matter how joyful the process, we always need space and downtime to continue allowing that creativity to flow.

      That way we can keep doing the things we love and stay inspired in the process.

  51. This is great! As I was watching this episode my hubby (we both run our biz from home) messaged me from his office with one word “Walkies?”
    So, I’m leaving my ‘Ta Da’ list where it is and escaping down to the beach for half an hour to reconnect with my soul mate and let’s see what great creative ideas we come back with.
    Thanks as always Marie
    Hx

  52. Marie:

    This video could not have come at a more perfect time! I am awaiting my 3-week holiday to begin next week, and was thinking about all the days I was going to be working during this holiday. Yup, working during holiday. Your video today woke me up from the insanity that is the pressure we seem put on ourselves to always “be on”, like you said. I am going to make sure to listen to the whispers of my soul and turn it all off come next week. Thanks for the reminder, and I hope you and TEAM FORLEO have an awesome, rejuvenating, much-deserved holiday too!

    Crystal

  53. Thanks Marie for nourishing my soul. I’ve learned with my new puppy-my 5 week old business, life comes down two things- time & capacity. Prioritize the things you need to do with the time you have. Yes! That means time for my husband and kids as well as loving all I have and learning to help others pave a path to peace. In the soothing silence of my soul, I’ve learned to unplug noise and plug in Spirit. Enj❤️y your precious time.

  54. Thanks for this vital reminder, my background is in yoga/Eastern thought- which emphasizes inner listening, time for quiet and solitude. In our Western culture it can feel at odds with the go-go, get to the top mentality. But instead I see them as intricately woven- yin/yang dynamic, like nature- time to rest time to plant, and as you said Marie we will be MORE PRODUCTIVE not less! So even though I need to blog for my copywriting website (it’s new) I can feel the pull to take a break and enjoy the beauty of trees right outside my window.

  55. mary

    Great video, and a very important topic. I am taking 2 weeks off starting next week…it scares me a little, not as much as it used to…. and I come back fresh, energized, excited……I highly recommend time off.

  56. Hey Marie,

    I love everything you do and say…

    Love to hear and see more such videos from you….Keep it coming.

    Warm Regards
    Donald keth

  57. Corina Vanana Valcan

    Hello Marie, likely video as usual and I learned from you to find for myself some other methods of working or staying relaxed, depending on how the time and climate is. But so I trained better and it has been and is also now another way of creation for myself. And even for other people it`s better if they pass on the words, things of optimism. And the fact is that a person who goes on with a good side should be allowed to make it even better (or as it is started on) and without blocks or wrong pieces.

  58. Great advice (and again, I love your and your team’s sense of humor!)

    We’re not ready yet for those 2 weeks off, BUT …
    I found that daily “off the grid” time works great for me. We have horses and I love photography, plus I love outdoor exercise, so … I daily schedule 1 hour outdoor workout, 2 hours horse-time and 30 minutes photography euphoria (which can be combined with any of the above) in my day, stick to it and it flat out works. During this time, I’m 100% connected with myself and my environment and not with any business/technology (except for the camera). It sets the tone of my day right after getting up, as a break and at the end of the day and keeps me in my flow. And this energizes me such that it serves my work-time AND gets me to bed at night in a relaxed and satisfied way so I can have a good night of rest too 🙂

    Kat

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Awesome advice, Kat! The daily off-the-grid times really can fuel our souls in such an incredible way.

  59. Love how you say “If we want anything to change — within our lives, our businesses, or our society — we have to take action and lead the way.” I want my business to be a leader in this area and my goal is to take the entire month of February off, every year. I sell my products online and wholesale AND the month of February is always slow. I would love to gift myself, my business partner and all of our amazing team this time off. Knowing we will come back refreshed, stronger and more creative than we ever thought possible. I will admit, I am scared to do this and have several people telling me this is not a good idea. I also have my inner voice saying “This is part of your story and how you can do business differently and still be incredibly successful”. Sending strength and love to anyone who is ready to take this big leap for themselves, for their businesses and really, for us all! Allison

  60. Pat Ortega

    I fully agreed on this topic for a long time. I grew up with my family always taking vacation and at time to relax but also working extremely hard at times my parents were working more than two jobs at a time. I knew that’s not the life I wanted. I wanted to be available for everything my son has and needs for school and at home. We work full time but always make time for family. Especially taking time off when he’s out of school. We look forward to it every year.
    To answer your question, I would love to start my own business working from home. I have great experience and knowledge on planning and organizing events. I enjoy baking and creating crafts. Not sure how to begin. Do you have any suggestions?

  61. Hi Marie, First things first-I LOVE THE BIG HAIR! 🙂
    Thanks for this great video. It was refreshing to know that even a “go-getter” like yourself, takes time out to relax & recharge….and completely shut down. It’s so important for our soul, as well as our body!
    I’ve been killing my self to get my blog up & running (Yay it went live Aug 1st), while learning about Twitter, Instagram, FB fan pages, etc. All of that while dealing with a chronic illness that slowed me down with flaring symptoms. Plus, I’m packing my condo to move in 2 weeks! Can you say EXHAUSTION?
    Anyway, your Tuesday videos make my week and today’s made me feel okay about slowing down – even though I just got my site started! I’m putting it on auto-pilot for the rest of August. 🙂
    Thanks again & I wish you and your staff a wonderful “holiday” (as they say in Europe). Enjoy!
    In love & kindness,
    Tae Lynne @kindness_junkie

  62. Thank you for sharing this video Marie – this is sooooo important! Everyone needs a break in order to live a happy healthy life, we all need balance between work and play. I’ve actually found that taking breaks whether it be meditation, a night at home, weekend or a week long increases and reinvigorates myself that I get more done and have more creative energy to share when I return!

    We only have one life to live, we should all make sure we live it up:)

    Thanks for everything always!
    Danielle Wolter Nolan

  63. Thanks Marie
    I’m listening to my soul and unplugging with my family for a week starting this Friday!
    Thanks to your helpful thoughts I will increase my social media UN-PLUGGED-NESS while away and increase my PLUGGED-IN-NESS to my family!
    Thanks for leading by example.
    Andy

  64. DanaDB

    The company for which I work has done this for many years over the holidays. We all come back with refreshed spirits! Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement to take breaks…even during the year.

  65. Rochelle

    Quite interesting this is your post this week. I have another person I follow who posted almost the same thing…. Here is what comes up for me. I have a regular job AND I am trying to build one of my own – a micro biz. at the “real” job – at a major corporation – we are NOW (new rule) PENALIZED for using paid time off. THAT’S RIGHT! I am a senior sales agent for one of the largest most profitable companies of it’s kind.

    When we use our PTO – earned paid time off – it is calculated in a percentage of time away from work. that percentage is then TAKEN AWAY from any bonuses we earn. Part of the incentive for some of us to accept positions as senior sales agents – was to work harder, put ourselves on the line and the sales bonuses were almost double that of our service counterparts.

    without going into all the reasons I suspect this was done – can you imagine? you have time to use – yet when you use it – you LOSE MONEY – THAT YOU EARNED WORKING YOUR *SS off ….. ????

    and before anyone chimes in with “find another job” LOL.. I am already looking… i’ve been turned down a few times… and I need to telecommute… I have a permanent injury.

    so – yes time off IS important… and once my OWN gig is up and running – – you bet I’ll plan time off to rest for good measure… but what is a person to do when they get seemingly “trapped” in a job (we just had a pay cut as well – ) and you are PUNISHED for trying to take care of yourself or just simply having an emergency?

    whew!! thanks for listening.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Oh wow, I’m so sorry to hear that, Rochelle. I know there are a lot of companies out there who are stuck on the idea that more hours always equals better employees, but time and time again we’re seeing that just isn’t true.

      If you’re not able to take time off in the meantime, I might suggest carving out a little time for yourself to be off-the-grid. For a few tips on the kind of little habits you might want to try, check out this MarieTV about NNT: http://marieforleo.com/2011/07/when-you-doubt-everything/

      Even if it’s just a little time in the morning to get some fresh air, or unplugging from technology and reading something in the evening, small habits can help keep you inspired until you’re able to find a better job or get your own gig up and running. Sending good thoughts your way and hope that you’ll be able to move on to bigger and better things soon!

  66. Sue T.

    This video was SO relevant to me. I’m actually visiting Europe at the moment — my parents are celebrating a milestone anniversary and brought the family along. However, because I’m self-employed, I can’t just shut down for two weeks. I reluctantly came back to the Airbnb place my husband & I are renting to catch up on some work. I’m a one-person operation with a lot of clients and it’s very tough to take time off. Just yesterday, for instance, I had an urgent email from a client who was concerned that his web site had been hacked, and I had to look into it right away (everything was fine, luckily). I sometimes dream of chucking this internet-based biz and becoming a park ranger or something that requires NO electronics whatsoever. I feel like a pack mule, dragging my laptop around everywhere I go. Anyway, Marie’s video was inspiring and I hope someday I can take a REAL vacation, no laptop required!

  67. Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

    Have a great vacation Marie and Team! And thanks for being such a great example Marie!!!

  68. I went to Marfa for a week, wahooooooooo.

    Im going back, with dreams of becoming a part time resident in five years.

    It nourished me.

  69. Lindsay

    Thanks, Marie and so happy for you & your team to relax! So glad you are leading by example, we need more of this in our US corporate culture.

    The timing of this video could not be better and is the perfect reassurance that I’ve made the right decision – to go to Paris for 2 MONTHS!! I’m so grateful my boyfriend of 10 yrs. can also work remotely and join me. We are planning to take at least 2 of those weeks completely unplugged and the rest of the time, well, it’s Paris 🙂 so I’ll happily work from a little café.

  70. connie curtis

    I am starting a business and well its just been idle. I came to see I was stopping myself there , in a relationship, everywhere. My relationship ended. business was no where. I knew it was time to work on myself which leads to breakthroughs and actions in business right and relationships. I took a stand to create the miracles in my life and how I want to create my life. I am working on myself and things are starting to move in my business and life around everything. Its small things but I am growing more confident in what I have to offer the world and its my gift. People need my help around gluten intolerance and food allergies. I changed my mindshift from I am not good enough to I deserve this. 🙂 Among other things.. looking at how to get my message to my folks is where I am looking and figuring it out and just getting out there.

  71. Marie, I was just thinking how overwhelmed I felt this morning. Getting ready to do a new collection launch in 2 weeks and right after than I will be preparing for a craft show in December. Too much to do in so little time. But you know what, thanks to your today’s post, for the last week in December, I am going to shut down and just do me! Yes!!!! Just that thought has given me a rush of adrenaline and happiness!

  72. Hi Marie. I’ve been a follower of yours for quite some time. I watch all of your videos but I rarely comment. This video, among many have really hit home for me. I like what you mentioned about deciding what’s important in your business and what could possibly be removed in order to help free up time. A few years ago I decided to combine all of my creative efforts into one website which made things easier for me to streamline because before that I had both an art website and a jewelry website. After making that decision it was easier for me to keep everything in one central place. Well, last year I was inspired to create a completely different art website that focused more on my illustrations solely and less on my paintings which was my original art sites focus. Now I find myself back to where I was with two websites, meaning two Facebook pages, and two of every other social media site. My question is this, should I combine the two pages, and keep things streamlined even though there are different styles and elements to both websites or should I keep them two different entities. Also I find myself lost as to what to post on my Facebook when I do most of my posting on Instagram. I am thinking of letting go of my Facebook all together but how do I go about that without losing followers and maintaing the support I have on there? Maybe that was more like two questions! Anyway, I hope to hear back from you! I love everything about you! Thanks,
    ~Courtney

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Hi Courtney! We’re so glad to hear you’ve been following us for a while and that you decided to comment today (yay!)

      I know so many business owners struggle with similar challenges to what you’re facing, and a couple thoughts popped to mind that I thought I’d share to get you started.

      In a nutshell, there’s no one right way to run your business. As Marie shares in this video, you don’t have to be on all social media platforms if there are ones you don’t like, and you can of course have two different sites if that feels the best for you.

      You might like to spend a little time considering whether you want to keep both your FB and Instagram active. You can of course cross post, but if you’re not looking to be as active on Facebook anymore, you might like to let people know that isn’t the best place to reach you and encourage them to visit your site instead.

      In terms of two sites, it sounds like they’re both based around different kinds of art that you do, so it could make sense for them to be in the same place and have something on the home page like “click here for illustrations” and “click here for originals” so you can retain some of the specific designs for each section.

      I hope this helps spark a few ideas for you. As Marie always says, everything is figureoutable, so it’s all about experimenting and finding what works best for you!

  73. I can’t imagine NOT taking time off. It is crucial to rejuvenation. Reality check – you are not indispensible and you do not need to be available 24/7. This applies to both business and life. If you don’t take care of yourself by relaxing and getting away mentally, emotionally, and physically you will not be as creative or happy. Good for you Marie – enjoy !

  74. Love this. Recently I took a two week vacation with little internet access. I tried keeping my blog going but couldn’t post pictures and got frazzled and frustrated. It was a mess. If I get in that situation again, I’m shutting down the blog for a few weeks. It’ll be there when I get back and result in much happier vacations! Thanks for the great idea.

  75. Janice Castelbaum

    Team Forleo:
    ENJOY!
    Congratulations Marie. Another expression of your wise leadership. As one of my teachers says: “if you want to get something done; rest”. And, from a nervous system perspective, it isn’t optional. Bodies and minds break down after time when the gas pedal is always on…..
    See ya’all in a couple weeks. Bon Voyage!

  76. The drive to compete is alive and well in the U.S. I’ve always envied my cousin in Europe who was able to take 1 month off to travel. Not going to happen here, unfortunately. The fear of being forgotten, or maybe more realistically not being noticed as having been away is truly scary.

  77. Pantothenic

    I’ve challenged this crappy belief about the “need” for an extremely detailed business plan. That works for some people and more power to ’em, but not for everyone. Or the one about how you “need” some little cutesy, elaborate “mission” or “vision” statement. Microsoft had it right the first time: “A Computer On Every Desktop.” Excellent thoughts about the vacation thing, Marie, hope this starts a revolution in business.

  78. This SO reminded me of an experience I had with a neighborhood Greek restaurant about 5 years ago. One evening I was walking there for dinner, got to the door, and saw the sign. It was hand written and had a drawing of a guy in a hat sitting in a boat, loving life. The sign read: “Gone fishing, eating, drinking, and resting with family in Greece. Be back on …” (don’t remember the date, but it was about 2 weeks out). That sign had a two-fold impact: a) I loved the restaurant even more for doing that, and b) I came to realize that not everything had to operate from the typical perspective I had been exposed to up until that point in U.S. businesses (well, corporations). I realized that day that it was crazy to buy into the notion that we can never take vacations because there’s always stuff to do and things will fall apart if someone is away. I knew deep down that vacations recharged an individual and a team. That restaurant owner saw the value in taking a relaxing break.

    Curiously, in your bakery example, it was a French bakery. Was the owner French? In my example, the owner was Greek. Is it that Europeans are simply better at acknowledging the value of time away to refuel?

    Thanks for the reminder, Marie, and for getting the word out that it’s more than ok to challenge old beliefs about what can/should be done in business and life.

    Enjoy your holiday!!!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love the story, David. I’m actually not sure if we ever found out if the owner of the bakery was French, but taking time off definitely seems to be something that is more valued in European countries than it is here.

      Hopefully that’s something that can continue to change, as I suspect more US companies are catching on to the fact that burning people out doesn’t make for good employee productivity and happiness!

  79. A couple of weeks ago, I went to our favorite local diner for breakfast with my hubs & kids. There was the same kind of sign on the door! Closed for 3 weeks for family vacation (it’s a family run place). My son was disappointed because he’d have to wait to have his favorite pancakes, but I thought it was amazing, like you.

  80. Peri Caylor

    As my father succinctly put it when I took time off to visit a few weeks ago, “A change is as good as a rest.” Interpret that wise old adage as you will, and put it to the test!

  81. Anne-Sophie

    Hi Marie and team Forleo!
    Just want to say this is awesome, good for you! I moved to France right after college so have only ever worked full-time here. Now, being French-American and having grown up in the U.S., I know about all the French clichés, good and bad, and I know the French have a rep for, let’s just say, not working a lot. Employees get 5 weeks paid vacation every year (I’m not a business owner just yet). But truthfully, I sincerely believe that’s one thing that helps make everyone so productive the rest of the time! And having experienced it, I can honestly say I never feel more refreshed and able to tackle my work from a place of balance as when I’m back from even just one week off (if anything, it gives you a WHOLE lotta newfound perspective). This is one thing going on here that’s right on the money. I don’t know if I could do without it!
    Enjoy your break, soak it up!

  82. Thanks for this Marie. We need to hear this sort of advice from the big players in the industry. Americans are overworked in general and it is almost like a competition to see who can put more hours in and NOT take a vacation. It is unhealthy and in the end, unproductive. The incredible thing about time off is it frees the mind and it is amazing what creative ideas come to you on holiday. Enjoy your time off!

  83. Carol

    I love jewelry and all the stones that come from our earth. I have a Masters degree in Speech Pathology, I was a McDonald’s Owner/Operator during a 28 year marriage, refurbished and decorated homes that rented at the beach and now I have completed a real estate course, passed the exam and have gotten my license. I have already been offered a position with a Realty firm, but I would love to become a gemologist and work with stones, and setting stones in some way, for some reason I am staying away from that.

  84. I’m a workaholic. I don’t take many breaks and if I do, I feel guilty and work twice as hard when I come back. Something about today’s vlog really struck me and I guess it was the fact that I don’t want to let go of control of my work. I work full time, plus I’m an ‘up and coming’ (here’s hoping, anyway;-) author and feel like I always have to be busy doing something to push my career forward – social media, coming up with new ways to market my books, contacting libraries (and sometimes I actually do some writing:-) If I don’t have a ‘productive’ day, I feel guilty. Today’s vlog opened my eyes to the fact that I should take some time off and that it might, in fact, help to give me the boost that I need right now. Thank you!

  85. Hooray! I deeply love this move because we all need time off. I wish my boss would understand this approach… some day!

  86. Ariella

    MARIE! This is sooo timely. I love what I do and I’m extremely passionate about it. As strange as it is, I stress out about taking time off for extended periods of time. Yes, I *stress out* about taking time off to *relax.* What’s wrong with me?! 🙂

    I was thinking last night how amazing it would be to work on a “college” schedule. Creating a weekly schedule of pre-planned meeting times, dedicated time to work on certain products, and so on. However, like college, they can be dedicated times on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with breaks in between. Heck, maybe this “semester’s” schedule might not even have “class” on Tuesdays. How cool would that be?

    Would it work? I don’t know. But, isn’t it strange that, during college, we tell ourselves that we’re preparing for the real world while living in a completely unrealistic world for four years? 🙂

    Thanks for being awesome and inspiring me every week! <3

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      That’s such a fascinating idea, Ariella. I loved the college schedule too — setting aside time to dig in on projects and niche topics. I definitely think there are some nuggets of wisdom in there. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!

  87. Kimberlay Kiernan

    I learned this over a year and a half ago. I retired from my demanding “casual” position and started scheduling time for ME to travel, and fitting my business in fully when I was not on ME-TIME. Wow. I have never regretted it. I am a sole practitioner in my business but was always putting IT first and me taking the leavings if any. No more. Thanks for bringing this up!

  88. Oliver

    Right now I do not have a self-titled business. Until I achieve the goals below:
    1. Get promoted to E-5, (Sergeant) in the US Army.
    2. Finish the financials, bring payment and tracking of expenses online using Quickbooks, update security, backyard fencing, create decking, and improve front yard gate, and present accomplsiments at annual Maneca (Montello Ave. Condo Assoc.) meeting
    3. Organize and create an online system of operations for the AFSCME Local 626 reliant the uses of DropBox, InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat to track all information running up, down and thru the organization.
    These above tasks drive my productive thoughts and reflect what I might be doing if I had a business.
    The one thing I wish to be able to do that I think I can’t do before the end of fiscal year 2015 is create a website for Maneca and the AFSCME Local 626 Union.

    If I were able to accomplish my goals and create two operational websites by the end of 2015 I might drop to my knees in sheer relief and not get back up for a prolonged period of time.

  89. It is standard in Europe to close for holidays (vacations) although in recent years I’ve seen many clients who are afraid to switch off completely because of FOMO (fear of missing out). I regularly switch off and down tools, in fact it was a bank holiday in Ireland last weekend and I did just that on Friday evening and have only turned the computer on again today. I even restricted internet access on my phone so I wouldn’t get sucked in and the ‘work’ phone was turned off completely. It really comes down to do you run your business or does your business run you?

  90. What’s one thing I wish I could do in my business (or life) that I think I can’t do? DO IT. I wish I could just do it, full-time. I am just starting out and so am building the “base” and don’t have a large enough foundation that income is happening. I still need a j-o-b to pay the bills but truthfully, the last year of j-o-bs has truly sucked (i.e., I was just let go due to “budget changes”). I have enough in savings for one more month…but that’s not enough.
    BUT, I love your videos, emails, info, motivation. It really helps when I feel like throwing it all in (and I already mentioned I don’t have that much to throw 🙂 ). Thanks so much and enjoy your vacations!!

  91. The whole reason I started working for myself was so that I could have freedom of time and schedule. It was only when I started HONORING that FREEDOM that it all fell into place. Suddenly my time working had to be more valuable and every action had to be meaningful, or else why was I doing it? What was it leading to? More work or more freedom? I actually wrote a pretty long post about how I had to rework my entire life in order for this whole working-for-myself thing to really feel worth-it, but once I started honoring my LIFE, my entire business turned around as well.

  92. Hi Marie! I absolutely LOVE this video and couldn’t agree more! I immediately shared this week’s tweetable and video with my community! Not only is it exactly what I practice in my own life and encourage my clients to do as well, but it also speaks volumes to my soul. As always, your messages encourage me to share my special gifts with the world, to continue helping people to slow down, listen to their heart and soul and improve their health. Thank you!

    Thank you so much Marie for always sharing your beautiful gifts with me and the world!!

    Wishing you (and your incredible team) a beautiful, rewarding and soul-nourishing vacation!
    Xoxo
    Stefanie Mori

  93. Something I hear a lot of my clients say is that they aren’t allowed to set boundaries with their own clients.

    Whaaaa?!

    Boundaries are so important. I don’t do meetings on Fridays or weekends, and I put my phone away after dinner every evening. I’m also not a phone person anyway, so I don’t have an “open phone” policy, even with my coaching clients.

  94. I did this early July for 10 days Marie, and for another 4-day chunk two weekends ago. With a major launch happening this past spring and the non-stop action that is required for this, I was needing to unwind — Truth be told, an entire month off would’ve been nice, but the financial resource ain’t there yet to do such things. I’m aiming for 4 weeks off this coming December as I anticipate our next launch to be a bigger success. xo.

  95. Hi Marie,
    Just came back from a month in Bali with my wife and children. Amazing experience and went completely unplugged for the first and last week. Did not have a single cell phone call or even drive a car for 30 days.End results was we found some great new artist for new products to import and my wife had a kismet connection with a B School-er who lives in Bali and they are collaborating on my wife distributing her gorgeous jewelry line.
    We started our business 12 years ago doing a 5 month walk about and stepping out of the rat race. I have seen for myself and many friends that great things happen when you step outside of the daily grind and the reactive nature of day to day business and you give yourself the space to feel inspiration. It is all around us but the the stillness and quiet of a decompressed holiday gives you the chance to hear it.
    If you are on the fence, take the leap, you will not regret it.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      What a wonderful story, Tad — thank you for sharing. How cool that your wife met a B-Schooler in Bali! The universe works in amazing ways.

  96. This reminds me of how my favorite Mediterranean restaurant closes down for a month in the summer so the owner can go back to Lebanon. At first we didn’t believe it – we’d thought he’d closed shop cause who does that?? But he came back and we ate there again.

    Makes me realize it’s ok to shut down and let go of the fear of competition getting ahead.

    I think I WILL take that trip to Asheville I’ve been dying for!

  97. Ah, THANK YOU MARIE for this episode!

    I’ve been thinking about this a good amount lately:
    – I’ve been pushing it pretty hard but always feel like there’s more to be done (like chipping away at B-School, per se…)
    – I just got back from a conference in my field and saw so many people who I admire who are working incredibly hard ALL the time
    – And having conversations with my partner about the kind of lives we want to live.

    I work hard, but I don’t want to work hard ALL the time, and I value experiences and time that aren’t necessarily reflected in a bank account. It can be challenging sometimes to look around and realize I’m doing something different because I’m creating a schedule that works for me, or working hard for a few hours a day instead of 8 or even 12, and that I’m financially okay with that, but not always mentally okay with that.

    Why do I feel guilty for not always working 40 hour weeks? Maybe it’s because I feel like other people are going to judge me, when in reality I’ve actually heard a friend say she admires the way I live.

    Maybe it’s because I think I’m going to lose out on work and then spiral down into not being able to be self employed. Which is also BS because I KNOW the Universe is abundant and I’m totally following my passion and my dreams right now, doing what I’m supposed to be doing and being successful at it!

    Well, that stream-of-consciousness processing really helped me, and I’m going to be okay taking time off when I need to refresh myself and my creativity and love for my business. And then I’m going to come back and kick some butt!

    Thank you so much Marie and Team,

    karina

  98. Very good, basic reminder to stay in touch with what’s important. TY

  99. Hi Marie,

    I love your videos, all the great guests you have and the great ideas, you share with us and would like to thank you!
    I used to have 2 days off, every week but it has been more than a year, I have been having 3 days off, every week. This has made a huge difference to my health, happiness, business, peace of mind, creativity, wisdom and quality of life! Taking 3 days off, gives me the strength to take excellent care of my clients and always over-deliver and make a difference in their lives!

    Your videos and articles are excellent source of amazing ideas, I happily share on my FB Fan Page.

    Thank you, again!
    Regards.
    Gricha

  100. Thanks for great mentoring – especially taking time OFF!

  101. Woooow, this is amazing! Thanks for “giving me permission” to do what I feel. I have been watching you and other amazing women do what they love and have thriving businesses and felt so heavy – having to become so great just as you, and work hard and read more, and develop more – so that I could have a million dollar business.

    Lately, I have been realizing that all the rules out there of “how to build your business” and “how to build your life” are just rules…and they are not mine. I think that if you value yourself, love yourself, acknowledge when you need a break, when you need help… and do good in this world, come from a place of genuinely helping people… things will shift in your favor, even if you are posting constantly on social media [my former struggle] or you do not. PEOPLE will find you and the right people will help you grow 🙂

    I needed to see this video to feel even better and to accept that what I am doing it is okay and that I already have a pretty amazing life and only better is coming from now on 🙂

    Thanks a billion,

  102. Vicky

    Hello Marie!

    I subscribed to your newsletters months ago and I do not regret it. Each email and video bring indispensable advice and fresh new ideas designed especially for entrepreneurs, which is why I love receiving your joyful messages.
    When I saw last email topic, my first thought was: “Of course, you’re gonna take vacation, it’s summer holidays for god’s sake!!!”
    Let me explain, I am French, so to me, it is obvious that anyone needs to take long vacation at least once a year. It is so obvious that my question would be: why should you feel the need to justify yourself when taking long vacation?
    You need vacation, simply take them. No one is good at anything when one feels exhausted, stressed out and is in a bad mood. How can you expect to have wonderful ideas and develop a positive company if your humour is negative?
    Hope this brief message adds to the topic.
    Thanks a lot for your useful and cheerful advice! 🙂

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for sharing, Vicky – your note made me smile! Hopefully we can get to a place where it’s much more common for companies in the US to take time off. That would be lovely 🙂

  103. Yesssssss. This is awesome Marie! Spreading the word about downtime is one of my things. In this hyper-connected world we need to purposefully craft the chance to connect with ourselves.

    It’s so hard to connect with the soul when your brain is working on the next thing.

    I hope you have a super lovely unplug vacation.

  104. Have an amazing vacation Maria.

    I’ve been a business owner for the past 36 years. Yes, I started in my teens.
    I took my first vacation 2 years ago after I felt like I wanted to walk away and never do my beloved business for another second.

    We all need time to rest, contemplate and enjoy our friends and family.

    Until you return, we wish you a wonderful, restful “Holiday”.

  105. Polly

    YES! This is common practice in many other parts of the world and of great benefit, creatively and healthwise. We should all give ourselves permission to do it. Right now. I still work for an extremely large multinational corporation and even they shut down for 2 weeks at the December holidays! ENJOY the break

  106. I just took an hour-long lunch! I work from home and I usually just grab something to eat and continue sitting at my computer.

    It was so amazing. I ate with my mom- we made salads and sat outside by the pool.

    I’m 110% more energized to get back to my project.

    This is going to be a daily thing for me- thanks Marie!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      That is SO awesome Maegan!

  107. Recently I questioned the notion that “I am a person who does XYZ” (works hard, always takes initiative, doesn’t need time off. I realized (again) that the truth of who I am isn’t affected by any of these labels and pressures I put on myself. Who I am is a joyful creator, a grateful and peaceful being. Honoring THAT is my real job. Knowing this allows me to recalibrate my thought process when I start to should on myself.

    Right on for leading by example, Marie! Wishing Team Forleo naps, tasty treats, love, and renewal!

  108. This could not have come at a better time! This has been on my mind the past few weeks since I see co-workers taking time off all around me. The last time I took a day off for myself was over a year ago and it was to look at wedding dresses for a friend! I just recently started my business and you have sparked that fire under me Marie! So thank you thank you thank you! My plan is to take a nice vacation before the end of the year and to not be afraid that my newly founded business will fall apart if I do! Much love!

  109. Hey Marie,
    Thank you for this ! This was way needed those days.
    I’m a BSchooler and I am starting my business.
    I’m also healing from a depression, I always denied it and thought again I was ok to go on business. But let’s face it, I still have some struggles, except now I have the will and the courage not to ignore them and take care of them.
    I decided to accept that I have suffering and also some luck, the luck to have a loving kindness brother who is willing to help me. Being from France, I’m now in San Diego (California) and was supposed o stay till end of August, and I just decided to let me be, just be, and get the help of my brother, and that leads to the decision to stay in SD till october to stop, rest, heal. I feel my soul needs that break. And it’s scary !
    Every morning since I took that decision, I freaked out like “oh that sucks what am i gonna do here ? till october ???”, but I try to stay mindful and connected with my heart, and not be taken away from me with my ego.
    So yes, it’s scary, and in the mean time, I feel like doing it is a good thing for me. I feel I’m starting to live from my soul, with love and no guilt, obligation… and this is so new.
    So I so resonnate with your message.
    Thank you so much Marie.
    Enjoy your vacations ! And I also wish the same to your great team.
    Claudine

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for your kind note, Claudine. I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been going through tough times. Depression can be so debilitating, and we’re so glad to hear that you’re on the road to recovery and have the support of your brother.

      It sounds like you’re really following your instincts on your path to healing — sometimes we don’t always end up exactly where we expect, but time to breathe and just to BE can be so incredibly restorative.

      We’re sending lots of Team Forleo love your way and hope that you continue to feel better! xoxo

  110. LOVE this episode, Marie and how you are such a great role model for use entrepreneurs 🙂

    I spent a long weekend up by the Redwoods in CA last month and for most of the trip we didn’t have internet. It was definitely lifechanging.

    I actually changed everything I’m doing in my biz when I came back!

    Highly recommend vacations and tech breaks!

    Enjoy your break 🙂

  111. Sherry

    First of all, Marie and all the MarieTV team – have a FANTASTIC time on your respective vacations!! So well deserved. Get out there and have some fun and relaxation and whatever else you need to recharge. That’s awesome.

    As for me… oh boy, this is a big one. I haven’t had a vacation since 2012 and even then that was only a 3-day weekend where a good portion of it was travel time. I don’t remember the last time I’ve had a full week off, and that is incredibly sad to me. It’s no wonder that I feel disconnected from the creative parts of me. I haven’t nurtured them in forever because I’m stuck in work mode.

    I think part of that is the troubled economy we’ve been living in. So many people have been laid off from jobs (myself included) and struggle to make ends meet so taking time off feels like a financial impossibility. I know I’m still trying to recoup finances after being out of work and then going back to school and now starting work again – I feel like I have more to go (saving up for an “emergency fund” and getting more financially stable) before I can afford to take a vacation.

    I do like that you suggest that even one day of time off or time away or just unplugging from all the media, just ONE DAY, could do wonders. That seems like it could be doable for most of us, somehow.

    I think it’s something all of us need, and certainly something that should be mandatory for our U.S. employers to include for their employees. It means better productivity, energy and rejuvenation for the job, which means it benefits the employer too!

    No matter what, it’s definitely a goal of mine to get to a new financial place where I can afford to take time off and recharge. That would be WONDERFUL.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much Sherry! I’m so sorry to hear you were laid off – I know that can send anyone’s finances reeling and it’s great to hear you’re rebuilding.

      At my busiest times myself, I found that one day (or even one evening) to unplug really can keep us fueled until we’re able to take a little bit more time off.

      I sincerely hope that more and more employers start to see the real benefits of giving employees downtime — it really is so beneficial for the employers too!

      • Sherry

        Thanks, Caroline! It was a tough time for all of us who got laid off. It certainly caused me to struggle with my life’s direction. But in the end I think (no, I KNOW) it was for the best because eventually it meant me deciding to go back to school and starting to focus more on pursuits that make me happy and fulfilled instead of just paying the bills! A challenging and scary step forward, but worth it.

        I thoroughly enjoy the work I do now and am working to create a freelance version of my work on the side in order to build up my finances again. (And eventually, I may be able to afford B-School which would be FANTASTIC.)

        Unfortunately, I’m still in that in-between stage where I haven’t quite gotten to the new financial level yet so I can’t afford taking a week off (or even a few days). YET. 😀 But I’m working on it.

        And like you said so wisely, even taking off one evening could do wonders! I think I will take some of Marie’s suggestions for restructuring my schedule so that I can make more room for that kind of personal time for myself in the evenings. I think it would make a huge difference for my energy levels and for my “in the moment” mindfulness.

        Thanks so much for all you do! Happy Happy Time Off!

  112. This is so wise. And Chams so cute! Does anybody know if Chams is single????

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much, Elena! Are you wondering about Jams? We totally LOVE him too — he’s actually been snapped up by his lovely fiancee (she has great taste!) 🙂

  113. This is one of my favourite all time videos Marie, such a tonic and full of wisdom that people SO need to hear. In fact one of my BFF’s who is a life coach gave me the exact advice this past Friday, I took the entire weekend off, had an absolute blast and came back with a fire and positivity that was missing.
    I lived in Australia for 22 years and there were many cafe’s that were brilliant and run by couples or families and they would take up to a month off. It made you appreciate them even more when they were back. Love your work Marie, the world really does need your special sauce.

  114. Maureen

    One question?
    WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR DRESSES? THEY ARE CLASSIC, CLASSY, STYLISH… I NEED TO KNOW!
    Yes, I am yelling! I Love them!

    Thanks

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love the enthusiasm, Maureen! 🙂 Marie’s stylist, Elsa Isaac, picks out her outfits. I’m not sure where this dress was from specifically, but I know Elsa has often found great pieces from ASOS.com, H&M, and Bar III from Macy’s, so those would be a good place to start.

    • Love your tweetable! Thanks for sharing.

      Cheers,
      Tikiri

  115. Marie and team,

    Enjoy your time off. Kick up your heels and dig your toes in the sand.
    My tweetable to you: Success at work means nothing if you don’t give yourself time to play @mightymelanie #fearlessfabulousyou

    Peace Love and Fabulous!
    Melanie

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Love it! There can never be enough tweetables. 🙂

  116. daniela

    Enjoy! Its sad to see how hard entrepreneurs are on gifting themselves the opportunity to relax. Creativity springs from action, but also from reflection – and often we don’t allow enough time for that. Different cultures approach holidays in different ways, its true (you mentioned the way Europeans do it). But it is also important to craft your own internal culture. If two weeks off sounds like a lot for Team Forleo, then you may want to revisit your parameters…

    • Hey Daniela! We actually take 4 weeks off as a company, then everyone has two other weeks, plus normal US holidays, plus inspiration days off too. We’re loving it 🙂

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I have to second what Marie said. We love our more European-style vacation time and, at the moment, I’ve got more off time than I currently know what to do with! That’s a pretty great problem to have. 🙂

  117. Hi Marie & Team,

    This episode had really stumped me. I have a holiday approaching fast and I planned to still work. Yes, the laptop is coming with me!

    I considered ‘switching off’ completely for all of nanosecond and haven’t thought of it since. My sister (who is also coming) asked me if I planned to still work on holiday and kind of thought it was a stupid question. I feel guilty for thinking that, but of course, I am.

    But there is a little niggle voice telling me not to and now your latest episode is making me feel differently. Ahhh what to do, Marie???!

    I won’t work as much as I planned too, but I’m not ready to switch off completely.

    Thanks Marie and Team

    Naomi Dinsmore

  118. Love the vacation stuff! I was in Costa Rica for 3 weeks in January and make sure to take off at least 3-4 weeks a year. Something I wish I could do in my business…keep living in Boston and still have the acting part of my career flourish in New York. I’ve been doing both cities for 3 years and the travel is exhausting, so sometimes I have to let things go, and the networking isn’t what it could be. Also dream of finding a great collaborator for producing film/web series because doing it all myself is…guess what? Exhausting!

  119. Lisa

    Love this! Just talked to my husband about taking the kids out of school and traveling for a few months. Business can wait, snuggles with my teen and tween can’t! Nothing centers me like being unplugged.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      How wonderful, Lisa! They grow up so fast and I know it would be the adventure of a lifetime for them. Travel also makes for a great education!

  120. Moira Aberdeen

    Hey Marie, Love your videos.
    Great to hear this content on your latest one and more so as it’s coming out of the US -Hallelujah! One of my dearest friends had a job she was a shining star at there in a top company,and she’s one of the smartest people I know with time management etc etc she loved it yet I was surprised and dismayed to hear at one point the go-go-go left her thinking her dream life was unbearable.

    We have the same challenges down here in NZ believe me. And I understand the same in China and Germany and I expect other places too. In my work as a natural health practitioner one of the things I thought I could not do, is avoid time spent booking my clients in (I am a solopreneur at this point and do not have an online scheduling system).
    So here’s what I do – I decide which days and times I can be available for this work, when I see my existing clients they get to see what’s available and choose their next appointment/s. I do not write appointment cards,(I will hand them a pen to write it themselves though 🙂 I do not send reminder texts, emails etc etc.
    Guess what – in 2 years I have had only ONE person not show, and everyone turns up on time at their scheduled appointment (or on the rare occasion something unexpected happens or there are transport delays they text me so I know), They pay me online immediately afterwards (several of them now pay ahead of time – this was a total surprise as there was no prompting on my part).
    I am really good at what I do, give them all I’ve got and I treat them like responsible adults who can remember what they want to remember.
    That works for me and my clients.. People told me it couldn’t be done.
    Everything is better because of it.

  121. JosephineTomato

    I also find that a benefit of taking time off is the immense satisfaction and productivity that I get before I leave. I know that I will be away from my business for whatever amount of time so I kick it into high gear to accomplish that much more before I leave. It is really amazing how successful I can be when I have such a hard stop/impending deadline.

  122. My husband and I are “off” this week and we have been intermittently working… This is an inspiration! I actually spent today with you at Panera. I was brushing up on some B-school. But this has really hit home! I’m unplugging til Monday!!!!!!!! You really have changed my life. I’m so glad I found you!

  123. Bella

    I feel paralyzed when it comes to legal aspects of business. I don’t have a lot of money, so I’m scared of hiring a lawyer, or an accountant. I’m terrified of dealing with taxes, business licenses, building codes, laws regarding employees, protecting my assets, etc., which are all connected to the business I dream of building. It freezes me, and the fear is crippling. If the assumption that this is going to be too scary for me was gone, I’d just grow and grow in time (organically), and see how far I get. Has anyone overcome these fears? How?

  124. Have a wonderful vacation, Marie and team! Well deserved indeed. Looking forward seeing you again refreshed, relaxed and brimming with new ideas.

    Cheers,
    Tikiri

  125. I LOVE this! It’s so darn important!

    Every once in a while, one thing that I find, is that I can be great at procrastinating and not getting anything done. But, I do it in such a way that an entire day could be wasted. It makes me cringe just thinking about it.

    But the difference when you’re procrastinating versus actually taking the day off, it’s two COMPLETELY different things! I would have felt more rested if I HAD just taken the day off.

    And, to answer Marie’s question “What’s one thing you wish you could do in your business (or life) that you think you can’t do?”

    I have been believing that I can’t have the business that I want to have. I have been going through a lot of transitions right now. And somethings that I thought would work, just flat out didn’t work.

    For example, the business structure that I thought I would be IN LOVE with, it turns out, I don’t love it so much. But, instead of changing it, I’ve convinced myself that I just need to stick with it and learn to like it.

    And, why the heck do I need to do that!? I don’t. 😉

    Alecia Lindsay

  126. I absolutely LOVE that you are doing this! BRAVO!

  127. Yes! these are the same facts covered in Arianna Huffington’s Thrive at length. I love that you stand as an entrepreneur with integrity, while advocating for family and play time. The other person who would be really proud is Brene Brown when she talks about the importance of connection and play on our lives (The Gifts of Imperfection). And of course me! I love that you do this twice each year. BRAVA!

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Yes, Sandy! Arianna and Brene are great examples of other women who champion time off and play 🙂

  128. Another fantastic episode – I can’t wait for my next vacation. Hope you and the team have a wonderful time.

  129. Michele

    Love the dress! Wish I could get I!
    Do you have a place we could get the info????

  130. Hi Marie
    This is so on topic for me right now. I’ve just taken 2 months off from my business as I was suffering with burnout. I woke up one day so miserable because I’d been working all the time and getting nowhere. I was confusing activity with productivity…something had to change. I closed my online shop and told my Facebook fans that I was taking time off to rethink a few things and stepped back. I’m now starting to get it together and design new products and work out how I need to work smarter. I feel as though I have got my life back but on my terms…yippee!! ☺

  131. Perfect timing to see this! I just took a week off last week and it was incredible. I prescheduled a lot of things so that I didn’t appear to be gone but it was great. Thanks for sharing this – people need to know that it’s ok to take a break! Enjoy your time off. x

  132. I would love to build a virtual admin team, it’s only me and one other part time VA now. With part of the income I would like to sponsor 50 single moms from less fortunate circumstances to learn similar virtual work so they can support themselves and their children and have time freedom to be with those children more often than a secular job would allow.

    I have a hard time taking off, time is money! But lately I find myself asking if that money is worth it….

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      I love your mission to sponsor 50 single moms! And you’re not alone in feeling like time is money. So many people have trouble taking time off for that reason, but you’re right to question if the money is always worth the grind!

  133. So true! I just hired my first assistant to help with the emails, customer service, social media scheduling, etc. Oh my gosh! The amount of freedom it’s given my brain is amazing. I have so much more free time to dream and be creative and take my business to the next level. It feels so good to hand some things off and not worry about having to check my email every 10 minutes to make sure my customers are happy.

    I have a 2 week vacation planned over Christmas and I’m really hoping I can UNPLUG for the whole thing!

    Enjoy your time off!
    xox

  134. Rachel

    This is great – even God rested on day 7.

    We all need time to disconnect and rest. Totally agree with you that its in those times we allow ourselves to dream and be creative.

    thanks,
    xx

  135. Happy vacation to you Marie and to your team!

    The concept of “vacation” as I knew it when working in the corporate world (with a full month of vacation) simply disappeared since I am self-employed (1992). It took me almost seven years to realized that I was the worst “boss” I ever had:-). I still don’t take a full week of vacation at a time but a few days from time to time. I promised myself though that I will take at least one week off in September. I’ll be in Montreal to give talks and workshops and to visit the family.

    Something I wish I could do in my business or life that I can’t do? To become a better spokesperson to carry on my message (in the 3 languages I already speak).

  136. I want to go sailing.

  137. This video came into my life right in the middle of my ‘break’ week. As an entrepreneur, I always find myself feeling guilty when I take time to myself. I feel as though it is part of my ‘job’ to always be on, even if it’s just updating my Twitter status or writing a blog. I am NEVER sick and in the past two weeks I found I consistently had an upset stomach and a BOOMING headache. I believe that when my body reacts it’s because I’ve ignored the psychological signs that I need a break. So you could say that my body got my attention and I’ve committed to taking the week off from everything – even training for my big 72km race in a few weeks. I’m 3 days in and already I feel better. My stomach has settled, my head feels lighter and I’ve slept nearly 10 hours every night (I usually sleep 6). Enjoy the break Forleo team!

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Laska, that’s amazing! Good for you! I think we all have the same kind of physical reaction when we start to burn out and our bodies need a way to tell us to rest. So great that you heard the call and listened. Enjoy your week!

  138. Hi Marie & Team & Community,

    Enjoy a well-deserved, wonderful vacation time. May the two weeks be rejuvenating, restful, fun, and full of whatever you all most need!

    I have found that when I listen to and honor my heart, body, and/or soul calling out for rest/play – even when my head is frightened and predicting scarcity and doom (especially financially) – things ALWAYS work out for the best.

    One year, I was pregnant, deeply exhausted, going through many personal changes (positive yet also stressful), and I longed for a summer off between contracts at a local agency. I was happy to continue coaching private clients, but specifically wanted a break from agency-based work. My mind panicked at the idea of ‘lost income’, especially in anticipation of time off of paid work during early parenting, and kept taunting that I couldn’t afford to take the break.

    However, I clarified my intentions and trusted my instincts of what I needed- and not only did the summer’s lighter work load rejuvenate and enable me to better manage all the personal transitions in my life and resume agency work with fresh energy, but my coaching practice and new contract in the fall provided financial resources beyond my wildest dreams: fitting, inspired work flowed in abundantly and I achieved my highest monthly earnings to date! I felt in a great financial position when we gave birth to our son, and was also so grateful I’d rested in the summer.

    Over time, I observe that when I clarify my intentions, act out of love and not fear, and trust my highest longings, my leaps of faith are *always* rewarded. However, simultaneously, I often still feel frightened when challenging a new assumption or limiting belief and must practice courage every time! This may sound contradictory, but I think I’m building my trust and courage muscles as I live- stretching the boundaries of my assumptions as I go.

    I think this was a great video, and important reminder in our North American cultural context: many of us are work-addicted and hyper-screen-wired.

    Slowing down and taking meaningful screen-time breaks feels personally rewarding and collectively essential.

    Thanks, Marie! Nicola

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      BEAUTIFUL story, Nicola! You’re an incredible example of the power of listening to one’s inner wisdom and taking the needed time to rest and recharge!

  139. Thanks Marie!

    You’ve inspired me. I am taking a vacation in fall, travel to Rome but since listening to you; I’ve decided extend vacation to 2 weeks instead of 1
    Yep, I’ve decided while in Europe, I should just go for it! So! I am going
    to Paris for a week before I cruise around Rome – I’ve earned it,
    I deserve it, and I’m going to say Yes to myself to Enjoying Life
    I work hard, and I’m going to Play Hard as well

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Love it, Linda!! Have the best time!

  140. Love it! Currently planning a family trip to Hawaii and was doing a little bit of freaking out about being away from my desk for a full week… this video is definitely a good reminder!

    Thanks, Marie!

    XO,

    Nicole

  141. Noel

    Totally agree. Years ago I quit my job to go on vacation and it was while I was on vacation that I realised that I wanted to work in the Solar industry. I actually remember the moment and it was such an eye opener.
    Totally worth it.

  142. Dear Marie,
    Thank you for your article. I think you are amazing and totally agree with your taking time off. Do you know that in many countries in Europe
    and in Australia and New Zealand the holidays are 6 weeks per year paid not including national holidays. I lived in Oz and New Zealand and have many friends from UK, Holland etc. It must only be Americans who spend so much time working, spend a fortune on prescription drugs and are also the most obese. Please continue to advocate for more time to appreciate life. I live in Vietnam now and have around 6 weeks off a year plus holidays. Love it. Take care and enjoy. Try to stay off the Internet for two weeks. Can you do it?
    Love, Susan

  143. Hi Marie,

    As a travel designer I truly believe that “time is the new luxury”. Let’s face it when are number is up and we’re standing at the Pearly Gates we wouldn’t be asking for another sales, a new Ferrari or a larger house, but we’d be begging for more time. Time with loved ones and time to experiences all those things we put off “till later”.

    I tell my clients that they should think of me as their Leisure Time Investment banker. How we invest or free time should be even more important than how we invest our finances because quite frankly if we don’t unplug, spend time with our loved ones and recharge our batteries, everything we are going is for naught!

    Anyway, I could go on, but if you or anyone from your team needs any recommendations for where to go and what to do on their vacation, please contact me. Would love to make sure you have an amazing vacation so that you can continue sharing your inspiration and guidance!

    All the best,
    Maria

  144. Yay for you Marie. Coming from New Zealand, where we have 3-4 weeks annual leave I can but cheer you on heartfully. That said, I am employed, and working sssooooo hard on my web-based business, and have been burning the candle. I’m not a late night sort of girl, but have been doing it anyway. The worst part is worrying about what I want to do next (I know, not helpful), but when I am a bit overdoing it, I am less able to say stop, to let go of the unhelpful patterns and rest more. Your message is perfectly timed. Your question about making my own rules is really important too. You know the publisher guy who made it big with Eckhard Tolle’s first book? I once heard an interview with him and he said early on he decided he would only work when he felt like it, AND be successful. He did it. Cool eh! So what if I could be successful (including financially( working at my own pace and to my own rhythms… sure but steady?

  145. This is so AWESOME. Perfect timing.

    I just watched this episode a day later, BECAUSE on Monday morning I realised I needed time off – ASAP. 48 hours off was exactly what my body needed.

    I think it’s super important to tune in to what your body is telling you and, too often, we’re ignoring the signs.

    Enjoy your vacation! (And truth be told, your 2 weeks close-down last year has inspired me to do the same this Christmas! 🙂 I can hardly wait! Hmm… Maybe I should do a week of close down sooner, then? Now, that’s a thought!)

  146. Break Time is Vital because the body is refreshed. We are a Team Together and i love being party of the team. Waiting for the two week lapse to receive and read mail from Team Forleo. Am now addicted to it. Cheers!

  147. Melissa

    I just had a weekend break. Not a work-at-home weekend, but a complete getaway and I L.O.V.E.D it.

    What I’d like to do in my business now is travel AND work, and I think only great things can come from challenging the belief that I can’t (which I don’t REALLY believe), by just doing it. My husband is more resistant to the idea, but his business will grow from the experience. Courage doesn’t come before the risk, but through it.

  148. Neko

    Hi Marie & Team Forleo,

    That’s a big one! Enjoy your vacation and CHARGED !!

    Yes, there’s something that I wish I could do in my life. And it’s gonna to be a HUGE one for my soul.

    I have an online retail business running as usual (not too good & not too bad). I studied graphic design and used to be a part-time freelancer graphic designer because I’m really passionate about this. But many issue hv stopped me from doing design service for clients because some of them not willing to pay more, or I have not enough time to work on design due to I have a main job (the online business) and I raise my kids, a 8-mth-old baby and one 5-year-old kid during day time. My time is tight and so, I’ve stopped my design business.

    Recently, I saw an opportunity to continue my design career and MAYBE I could make it with a combination of design & printable product business. I know that many of the designers are doing this already, and I hope I’ll be one of them one day.

    My big wishes is that , I wish I can create my own brand with my own design. And build my website from scratch. (This is just to feed my soul.) I still need more income for living. This is hard but I know I’m gonna make it one day. I’ll have my passion design and a creative business that no one can steal. haha. (Just a little wish) trying hard.

    I appreciate if I could get any suggestion or inspiration from who has read this.

  149. The timing of this episode is amazing! I leave next Friday for 3 weeks to Europe. I do this every year for no less then 3 weeks most often 4. It has helped my business and my personal growth so much. This week as I am wrapping everything up I have been selected for jury duty. As you can imagine the stress is even higher then it normally is before you leave for such a trip. That is why I cannot thank you enough for this video. It has reinforced my decisions about the vacation and wrapping up everything. Enjoy yours!

  150. Chan

    Hi Marie,

    My name is Chan. I live in Myanmar. When I heard about the last mail that you sent, I also changed my mind. Your words make me feel. You right. We are the nature of the world. But we never tried to feel the real world. Since we were young, we are trying to improve ourselves. We never thought to escape from the human societies. You right. Thank You. I appreciate your advices.
    By the way, do you heard about our country, Myanmar. The most beautiful things that you never saw before is existing in our country. Our country is the developing country and full of ancient things. If you want to feel the different world, come to Myanmar. I invite you.
    If my words are something wrong, forgive me. My English is not too good.
    Best regards,
    Chan

  151. I needed this very message, this very moment on this very day!:)
    I have a vacation booked for the WHOLE week next week in the south of France. I’m losing my mind over leaving my business closed for a week. After watching this, I think, this is crazy:)! A vacation is exactly what I need and I can service my customers much better, unstressed.
    Thanks Maria & Team; enjoy your vacation.

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Enjoy your vacation too, Esther!! You deserve it 🙂

  152. Hey Marie & Team Forleo!

    The truth for me is, I created a business to inspire people. And it’s the most wonderful thing I ever did. The challenge is, after telling everyone to take care of themselves & have a self-love party, can I actually practise what I’m preaching?
    It’s soooo easy to get caught up serving everyone else and your business can become that 9-5 job that you tried to escape.

    Every day we must remember to live in our own party for 1, and design a vacation at least once a year to come back to ourselves.

    Thanks for your love!! Take care girls <3

  153. Balance of home, family, kids, fitness, business and self!

  154. Hi Marie,
    Just got back in the office for a couple of days after returning from Portugal and before going out to Italy tomorrow. Totally agree with your idea to take a vacation – that’s what life is about – we offer travel incentives with our company that make people want to work more when they do because they know they are looking forward to more time away. Makes everyone more productive.
    Enjoy your vacation – where are you going?
    Bye for now, Steve

  155. You are so amazing! Last year when you took two weeks off, I decided that this year I would do the same over the Christmas & New Years time. . . so I’m shutting down completely during that time . . . I’m also taking a whole week off of technology this summer to spend time celebrating my hubby’s 40th with my family. . . we’re going away and I’m not going to “connect” at all! Both are because of your croissant inspiration.

    You’re right, we have the ability to make the rules, so since doing B-School I’ve been taking time to craft the business I REALLY want and love. . . it’s been scary, but OMG SO FREEING and AMAZING! I cannot thank you enough. Enjoy your time away. . . it’s all there when you get back! Muah

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      I love that you’re taking two weeks off at the end of the year PLUS a week for your hubby’s birthday, Sedruola! Hope you have a fantastic time 🙂

  156. I love this episode. When I *finally* completed the requirements for my bachelor’s degree this May, I took the rest of May and most of June off to recuperate. It was just what I needed! Once July came, I was ready and able to get working on my new website and planning the launch of my new business.

    I hope you and your team have a blissful and restful vacation. 🙂

  157. Hi Marie,

    Love this episode. I am an American living in Europe, and love the inspiration I get about work life balance here. Cause it’s all the same thing! Thanks for being crazy enough to do this and inspire others to do the same in the good old USA!

    I just came home from a week in Tuscany and am refreshed and ready. I am always amazed how the things that don’t get done while I’m gone don’t cause problems or wreak havoc at all! Great reminder to me of what is and what isn’t so important (like my ego telling me I should do more all the time).
    Thanks Marie!

    • We recently implemented two separate weeks of shut down. One was during the holidays and the other was last month. It felt AMAZING. We’ve been so grounded and productive after this most recent shutdown as well. It’s funny how you talk about challenging assumptions. I’ve always said that I want the schedule of a school teacher. In my state, they are actively working only 9 months of the year. People would look at me crazy and say, “Good luck with that.” Well, our district just started back to school today. I’m pulling out the calendar and setting my annual time blocks. When my baby girl is off, momma’s off too! Boop!

  158. Preach, Marie! For the first time since I launched Media Bombshell we are officially taking a SUMMER BREAK starting next week!

    I’m so excited, and if I’m honest, a little nervous! I mean, two weeks without working! I’ve seriously never done that in my career. I always have my computer with me and manage to fill even my weeks off with clients or writing or planning… but, this time I am on a mission to shut the dang computer and enjoy time with my family, wiggling my toes in the sand as much as possible, and soaking up the silence.

    YAY for time off!

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Ellie, that sounds AWESOME. Enjoy wiggling your toes in the sand and know the computer will be there waiting when you get back 🙂

  159. Anna Diaz

    I totally agree Marie and Team Forleo! My respect for you has just gone up even more, as I see you listen to your instincts rather than what may seem logical.

    And as a person who worked for 5 years with no play, and ending up with so much adrenal fatigue that I am now WAY less productive than I was, I know that all work doesn’t work!

    ENJOY!!!

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Anna! That means a lot. And I hope you have a chance for some recharging this summer too 🙂

  160. Sarah Jo

    Dangit Marie!! This is exactly what I needed today. I just quit my job to take two months off (per the encouragement from my husband).

    You’re amazing and wonderful.

  161. I have never left a comment, but am so in sync with this one, I had to. I have 40-acres in a high-alpine desert region of CO – that’s only 40-min. from my home. I have a camper, cabin, spring (drinking water) and pure quietness. It is surrounded by BLM land. I go there to not hear anything! Last night, I didn’t make it out until 7:30: climbed rocks and watched an amazing sunset. Then, the stars were so clear and close, I pulled my sleeping bag out and fell asleep right there! I woke up to hearing hoofs running and coyotes howling in the next valley. I was still at my rotary meeting at 7:30 a.m., but with the joy of the sunrise on my brain. I think my time is coming to allow others to experience this place of peace.

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Wow, Laura! This sounds HEAVENLY. What a gift for you to be able to have that experience whenever you want. That is the ultimate in unplugging!

  162. Have fun on your vacay, Team Forleo!

    As a social worker, I’ve been taught the value of self care, but like everyone, it’s always been something that’s easily neglected. Thanks for the inspiring video!

  163. YES! YES YES! I love when your videos are so timely! I juuust finished (like, just launched TODAY!) my new website and it has been an EVERYDAY endeavor. It’s been so draining, and even NOW that I’m done, I’m like, well, now what? I have to do more. I have to write more. I gotta do this, and that, and those…. JUST STOP. This was a great reminder that I just need to appreciate the fact that I FINALLY did it, & let things just roll for a little bit. Thanks, Marie, and enjoy your vacay!

  164. Susie B

    Good for you, Marie! Good for all of you. I have long envied the folks in Europe who put up a closed sign on their business doors and then take a month off. They still manage to be successful, productive, and happy as a result. I’m an old recreation and leisure studies major who believes we should play more and work less. For the first time in my life, I’m off for a long extended period of time and I love it! I will go back to work eventually, and the free time in the meantime is fabulous. It makes me sad when people tell me they can’t take a vacation, and I believe that they are unsure as to what they will do with their time off. For folks with little money, there are so many free or low cost options for fun out there if you just research a bit. Happy vacation to you all! 🙂

  165. Hi Marie, that’s great that you close down for some holiday. For me, even though it is difficult being a solopreneur, it is always important to take holiday without doing much. Checking emails I need to do once a day anyway, just to make sure there are no small things to be done, but generally all new work is off limits when on holiday. The client’s just have to wait then.:-)

    Being in Italy, and Tuscany, where I live and work, it is also easy to take take time off every day or most days to enjoy small things. Just going for a coffe or a glass of wine with friends, etc. For me it is important to just take time off at least one day every week and do mostly nothing, just hanging around, reading, thinking, sleeping, or going out doing no hard stuff. Otherwise you go crazy after a while…:-)

  166. Oh yes, definitely! As an entrepreneur, I know how hard is to NOT work and to let it go. I typically try to plan things ahead before my vacation, so I don’t have to worry about the business too much. But the reality is, I always do!

  167. This episode hits home for me, especially now.
    Thanks for being so candid as always, Marie.
    I gave birth two weeks ago and I’ve been pretty low key
    since I got home from the hospital. Though I work from home, it was tough
    to commit to a certain time away from my business but it has been awesome to just relax and enjoy my newborn son and my 6 year old daughter.

    Enjoy your vacay! xo

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Judy, we can so appreciate that. You enjoy that precious time with your son and daughter too!

      xoxo

  168. so inspired after this Marie!
    looking forward to some time off in little chunks before the holiday rush.
    lovin’ this from buddha doodles hq
    xo
    molly

  169. So happy to live in Europe where everyone has three weeks off in summer and at least one week off in winter. We just enjoyed our two weeks around our tent on an Austrian alp. First vacation again without our sons; just us without internet connection, but hey did I write and got inspired!
    Wishing you all a wonderful vacation!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Sounds amazing, Monique!!!

      Thank you. 🙂

  170. Jennifer

    After moving overseas this past January, I have been working from home/looking for work for the past six months. Even doing that has been exhausting and draining. My recent ‘vacation’ back to my hometown was full of many social activities (fun, but exhausting), appointments, and, very simply, too much good food and alcohol.
    Now I’m back at our new home, using the Pomodoro method to manage daily work, and WOW, what a difference! Even small breaks equal more energy. Moving forward, I plan to try a digital fast one weekend, and honestly try to take at least one full day ‘off’ per week.

  171. Cat

    Yes! Personally I find bizarre how much I felt overwhelmed by the consistency of the online entrepreneurs this summer.. QUIT IT a little (it’s vacation time!) I felt like telling all of them, so yes Marie.. Good job!

  172. Okay, I think the universes is trying to tell me something. This is the second video today that is reminding me I need to slow down in order to refuel (the other what Gabby Bernstein’s on self care). I own two businesses and have definitely felt like I’ve been pushing myself a lot lately. These past few days I was feeling frustrated and after watching this I realize it’s because I am not taking enough time to just have fun and enjoy life. Thanks so much for this Marie and enjoy your vacation time! Geneviève xoxo

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Yes, I think so too, Geneviève! The seed has been planted. 🙂

      xoxo

  173. Awesome Video Marie! This is truly one of my passions! Getting people to take charge of their lives! We should be living to work, not working to live!! Take a vacay Peeps! Everything else can wait!

    Amy 🙂

  174. I’m a big advocate of writing your own rules for your business and your life, but so powerful when you hear it back. Unplugging is not something I take lightly, but even in spurts of a few hours does wonders for productivity and the soul. Hiking unplugged (eek, no geocaching), gardening unplugged (eek, no plant fungus checker), scuba diving unplugged (my favorite), all feels great and I need to remember to do it more often!

  175. Jackeline

    Dear Marie,

    I was very pleasantly surprised by this video!
    This was something I always thought should be the norm for all businesses, but believed it to be perceived as impossible by modern businesses.
    This was truly an eye opener for all of us to reflect on our self worth whether we are employees or business owners. Thank you so much for voicing out this very important issue.
    Have a great day!

  176. omg… A day off? What the heck is that like? It is so hard to Shut. It. Off. I feel like I need to keep working and thinking about the biz and what if a customer shows up and I’m not there to fulfill their every need? I feel so guilty at the thought of not working constantly…. obviously that is a problem. I just want my business to succeed sooo bad that it’s hard to just stop for a break (but getting refreshed will likely benefit the business even more). Thank you Marie for telling everyone that it is ok to take a little time off. I really needed this message.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Absolutely, Michele. It takes some practice and some doing to really set things up so you don’t have to mentally be tuning in or checking on things, and so you also don’t have to be worrying about your customers. BUT it’s totally possible, and it really allows for refueling your creativity, health, and business.

      Take care of yourself! xoxo

  177. I’m pretty sure this was just a hint from the universe. I need to chill out!

  178. REYNA

    I didn’t took vacations for years, and last year i got craaazy sick! Somehow i felt this guilt feeling if i took some time off, but at the office i was soo tired i wasn’t being productive as well.
    This year i decided i was going to take time off, same reasons than you, needed to feel recharged and have fresh ideas, i needed to keep my momentum going and so, this year im trying to divide my vacation on 4. Every 3 months i take a week or so… i do check everything is going ok but from some where else, i even enjoy checking in more often.
    So far it has been working and yes is a MUST!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      That’s wonderful, Reyna. I’m so sorry to hear you were sick — sometimes the universe speaks to us in strange ways when our needs aren’t being met and it isn’t always fun. Your solution of taking time off every 3 months sounds lovely!

  179. Angela

    I haven’t taken a proper vacation in years and I feel it! I take time off work but it’s not the same as locking up the house for a week or nine and not look at your things, think about projects and get anxiety about everyday B.S.

    Thanks for the reminder and it’s so awesome you shut down!!
    You’re the best!!!

  180. Well if Marie TV is going on vacation then I may as well too! Lol. Actually I already had one planned truthfully. This isn’t the greatest time for a jewelry business to go on vacation but it’s the best time to visit my family in Boston/Cape Cod so I’m combining some visits to galleries in that area. Part work/part play is better than nothing. See you in two weeks team!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Ooh how fun your vacation lines up with ours, Sarah! Have a great time in Boston and Cape Cod and definitely make sure to get that downtime in when you can 🙂

  181. Ok, that just blew my mind. You mean STOP the craziness?!?! Haha! Never occurred to me! Totally doing this. Oh, and I just got your ‘rude’ email from the copy cure. Doin’ that, too. Rock on.

  182. Himanshu

    Dear Marie,
    It feels great to come across positive people like you all. This world is so big. So many things to experience, so many people to meet. So YES! Vacations should be compulsory on our TO-DO lists. My utmost gratitude to the Forleo team for doing such a noble job. You guys are the BEST!

    Thanks.

  183. Hi Marie,

    I just had a huge Aha moment watching this video! I haven’t even begun my business yet, I have only begun to share some of my writing and art.

    However, I’ve been getting worried (in advance) of having to work every single day of every year to engage with my audience/ followers. Even the thought has been making me feel exhausted!

    This video just made me realise that I’m in control and I can do what I want to do – infact my down time is essential to my business as that is where my inspiration comes from! If I don’t do happy time I have nothing to think about and share!

    Thanks for this revelation 🙂

    Maria xx

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      We’re so happy to hear that, Maria! Downtime is indeed incredible for inspiration 🙂

  184. Thank goodness that you are sharing this kind of message, Marie. When I was in corporate sales, my vacation time was MY VACATION TIME. I did what I had to do for things to continue while I was gone, but my work has always been PART of my life, not my life. I have a business that deals with changing beliefs and energy and because I know about what being “cell phone available” in a non-stop way does it people, I’ve taken some looks, attitudes and criticism for not using my as a life line like many do. I don’t want to be at anyone’s constant demands because that means I’m living for their life–not mine. Workaholism, can ruin your life and I’ve seen that with others. I am so glad you are sharing the importance of another side to the story! Kudos!!

  185. Hi Marie, I’m so glad you brought up this topic. I have been taking extended downtime away from my business for the last two years and it’s been the best investment I’ve ever made. I consider part of my business plan.

    I’ve written a little about my experience.

    Hopefully it’s helpful to others who are considering downtime, but not quite sure how it will affect their business.

    Thanks again for a great discussion.

    Best,

    Chantilly

  186. Kathy

    Thanks – I love this. It’s great to hear that it’s completely ok and very healthy to give myself a vacation from my business!

  187. Balance and time off is key to a successful career. I decided to take time off a little further by doing this:

    One of the greatest things about being screenwriter is that I can live anywhere in the world. I have been known to have a surge of really great ideas for TV shows and storylines while being away from my home in LA. Which lead me to an awesome discovery I made…

    Sometimes being away from the entertainment mecca has its benefits too. It gives you a fresh approach. What nourishes me as a writer is new places and new experiences. It’s food for the soul.

    After living in LA for many years, I have become inspired to think about life outside of LA, in a different city of the US but continuing to take my meetings and shoot my productions in LA.

    The beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii particularly resonates with me after visiting there. I am relocating to Maui on October 2, 2015.

  188. What I need to work on is giving myself vacation time and actually treating it like a vacation. I need to stop checking Twitter all the time.

  189. Mary Lahti

    E N J OY T HE P A S S I O N O F T I M E O F F. Remember to enjoy and plug in to the sounds of nature.
    🙂
    Mary

  190. This is such an amazing post Marie,
    Taking a little break from work is really very necessary because as you mentioned, this will you and your employees a renewal of mind, spirit and energy, I remember the saying that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” and that can’t be a joke.

    .However, most employers hate doing it because they think that they will loose all the money in the world those few days their employees will be off and this is very awkward.

    Thank you for sharing Marie.

  191. This couldn’t have come at a better time Marie!
    I’ve just booked 10 days off end of this month and I’m trying to figure out whether to take my laptop with me. Now the answer is clearly ‘hell no’!
    I took my first holiday in 3 years last Christmas so for 10 days I had an out of office on and did not check my email – and it did wonders! Before the holiday I made a clear priorities list so that I knew what I had to start with when I came back to work. That meant I could have a worry-free holiday and truly recharge!
    For years I kept saying ‘my business isn’t where I want it to be so I can’t take a holiday’ but that simply lead me to working myself to the ground, starting to dislike my business and falling sick a lot. Now I’ve learned that regardless of where you are or what’s happening, you have to take time to recharge daily, weekly and properly yearly – and you come back much more motivated, energised and focused. You also come back with a clearer mind and you are much more sure of your priorities!
    Thanks for this reminder Marie – you are so spot on!

  192. Ana Paula Cavalcanti

    Congratulations! Have a nice time off! Very inteligent decision.

  193. Yup Yup! I’ve always had an attitude about this that reads: “I work to live, NOT the other way around!” With that at my core, I have always made a point to follow my heart’s lead, and make sure to have lots of freedom-time (my twist on free time.)

    Even when we thought certain travel options were out of our budget, etc – we found that when we set a goal based on our passion, and then moved toward the goal, it always worked out in some way. So – there’s some inspiration. Trust that Uni has your back, and She’ll figure out a way to make your dreams reality! [Or sometimes – we’re pointed in an unexpected direction – but one that still aligns with our hearts’ desires.]

    In other words – if you don’t believe it’s possible – it probably won’t be. If you open up to the possibility of being ‘supported by the limitless universe in all that we need’ (Gabby Bernstein) – your chances for success and living life the way you dream is much much betta!

    PS: Even a mini ‘stay-cay’ can be invigorating – if you are dedicated to unplugging and just BEING. [The best ones are when you have zero commitments – and you get to choose what to do in any given moment. Bama!]

    ENJOY your VACA 🙂

  194. Sherry

    I’ve definitely feeling an itch of anxiety this past week or so — I think it’s a big sign that I need to take a day off, step away from my work on the computer, go for a walk, meet up with a friend, catch up on one of the hobbies I keep pushing aside… anything to just decompress for a while!

    I can’t afford to take a lot of time off, but maybe even one day could do wonders. I’ll see what I can do! 😉

    In the meantime, I hope you’re having a FANTASTIC time off (whoo!), exploring and having fun and being silly and relaxing, and I can’t wait to see you in two weeks, which I see happens to be my birthday! Yay! Q&A Tuesday falls on my birthday! I love that. <3 *happy dance*

  195. I struggle with finding the time to make it yoga classes a few times a week. However I know that if I do I’ll preform more efficiently when I am working.

  196. Loving all the comments here. This Seth Godin quote says it all: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Mmmm I LOVE that!! Thanks, Lori 🙂

  197. This has been a huge challenge AND great lesson for me & I’ve disciplined myself to do it regularly. Each time I go ‘OFF’ I tap back into this juicy potential and creativity that I can then use to grow and innovate my business when I get back. It’s magical.

    After a great one week off by the ocean in PEI this summer, I came back with a crystal clear vision of where Injoy Business is going. #priceless

    Thanks for the reminder Marie!

  198. Lauren

    I just NEED to know who designs this dress! I love it.

    Marie, you are amazing as always!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Lauren! I’m not sure where this dress was from specifically, as Marie’s stylist Elsa picks out her outfits, but she often finds things from ASOS.com, H&M, and Bar III from Macy’s, so those would be a good place to check for similar dresses. 🙂

  199. Just cool posting, Marie. I’m so impressed. Love your videos & posts. Thx 4 motivation!

  200. My summer vacation were the only time I could really shut my mind off and give my self a real vacation from my own business. I really miss it now….
    Closing the shop is really hard as passionate one lady shop but the more I don’t do it the more I see how important it is. As a spiritual blogger is just a part of walking my talk

  201. I am a psychotherapist in my own private practice. I also work Part time in a hospital system and teach graduate school. I am always plugged in to the max. Having off from all 3 jobs at one time never happens! What does happen is this, those I work with in my other jobs assume that I am off when I am not at that job and often refer to wishing they had the schedule I had!! Hilarious!!! I unplugged for one day yesterday. I hiked, swam, ate, laughed. I want more now. I am trying to challenge the assumption that my work week has to be 6 days per week. Rehashing my schedule and trying hard to no care what others may say!!! I am trying to take my own advice I give to others. We need to take a break, this talk reminded me what I knew in a gentle and caring way, thank you Marie:)

  202. To everyone at team Marie… have a wonderful rested break. I know sometimes taking time off can be hard, but it is necessary. I encourage all business owners to create an aspect in their business that can operate without them, so they can continue to generate revenue while they are away, whether that be on holiday or if they are unwell.

  203. I know I may be a bit late to this conversation but I have a question that has been sitting with me for weeks now…

    I agree that people need to balance their go time with their down time… I am implementing this more now because of the revelation I had through you..

    BUT I read about so many high powered, high achieving woman taking these breaks and setting these struck boundaries for them selves now (once you are successful)
    Do you honestly think that you could have gotten to your level of success if you didn’t do those crazy all nighters, push push push early stages? (No sarcasm or disrespect intended)

    As a newbie could I have such hard and fast personal boundaries and still make it? Or is that a stage you get to once you have paid your newbie dues?

    Much love and thanks
    Rebecca x

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      This is a fantastic question, Rebecca. Marie is the first to say how hard she hustled when she was just getting started (and she still hustles just as hard!). Succeeding at a high level does indeed require a lot of work, some late nights, and some incredibly intense times.

      The way I like to look at it myself is that it’s all about striking a balance that works for where we are and who we are, and then simply hustling when it’s time to hustle and relaxing when it’s time to relax. Depending on where we are, that might mean it’s not possible to take a week or two off, but it’s also not healthy (or good for our businesses!) to work constantly without taking some time to breathe and rejuvenate.

      Even though Marie always has worked incredibly hard, she’s often talked about how important it is to take a little time when we can and take care of ourselves. For a little more info on that, check out this episode about NNTs (Non-Negotiable Time): http://marieforleo.com/2011/07/when-you-doubt-everything/

      Fueling ourselves by taking occasional breaks and time to relax is important — even in the beginning (maybe even especially in the beginning). That’s what gives us the energy to keep our drive going!

      • Thanks Caroline,
        I agree and love the NNT concept. It is actually a part of my day that’s has transformed how I work and feel! I love it and am constantly practicing to keep it going.

        I think its all about being honest with yourself knowing that there are phases to life, business and success. Being kind to yourself and not letting guilt or fear fuel your work.

        Thanks for the feedback. Its always appreciated.
        Rebecca x

  204. Natalia Levey

    This was so spot on for me. I’ve found myself temporarily without a home (we already moved out of the old one, and the new one is “almost done.” The generosity of my friends towards my family has been incredible. This in-between situation has been the most stressful time in my life, and I had to put on hold the Copy Cure, and my daily business upkeep. I’ve slowed down and started taking time every day to spend 5 minutes in nature. Just being outside. I’m learning to trust that as much as I want to keep pushing through, there must be a blessing somewhere in this forced time off work.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Natalia, I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through a stressful time — my entire house is in boxes right now too so I hear you! Sometimes those difficult moments can be true blessings in disguise, and it’s wonderful to hear that you’re spending some time outside and searching for the silver lining.

      We’re sending our best and hoping that everything comes together for you soon!

      • Natalia Levey

        Caroline – thank you so much for the encouraging words!

        Love your team:)
        P.S. Hope vacay time was awesome for all

  205. Kayla

    Hi Marie.

    I am so enamored you and everything you say and do. You have done so much for who I am as a person and who I know I will become in the future. I feel like you are like my guru. So much of what you say and they way your portray yourself hits home with me. I feel like I was meant to find you so you could lead me to my “truth”. You have inspired me to do it all and to dream as big as I can.

    While you have been away I have literally been watching every interview I can find from you. Currently I am stuck on the interview you did with Lewis Howes. It lead me to Coach University, so thank you! Where would you point someone who is inspired by your path and want to learn more about you and the steps you took to get where you are today?

    Also, random but I totally knew you had to be a Sagittarius like me!! I currently obsessed with personality types, like I am an ENFP and I have been trying to figure yours out because I feel like we are so similar and I’m a nerd who is really into psychology.

    I know you don’t really share a lot about yourself on your site because you are coaching others but I am just inspired by who you are a person and intrigued by you in general.

    Thanks for being you!
    Kayla

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Kayla. We’re so glad you found Marie and that you’ve been digging right into our videos!

      Since you mentioned wondering about how Marie got started, I thought I’d share this great interview she did a while back with Jonathan Fields for his Good Life Project. Marie talks a lot about her overall process as well as the heart, hustle, and intuition it took her to follow her path, so you might really enjoy checking that out for some thoughts and inspiration: http://www.goodlifeproject.com/marie-forleo-heart-hustle-intuition/

      I’m actually not sure what Marie’s personality type is, but we always love learning more about ourselves and finding different ways to discover and leverage our strengths. For more on how we do that in our Team, definitely check out these MarieTV episodes:

      http://www.marieforleo.com/2015/03/special-gifts/
      http://www.marieforleo.com/2015/03/love-languages/

      I hope you’re having an amazing day!

  206. Loved this. I’m doing the same thanggg in 4 weeks – semi digital detox for 3 weeks! So excited.

  207. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    I am in the process of starting a new online retail business and have been struggling with the “when will I take a vacation” question. You just gave me the answer, when I see fit. Since I am the only one in this business at the moment I was concerned that I would have a hard time getting away. Now that I have watched this I feel the freedom to set aside a couple weeks every 6 months or so to step away and regain my creativity. I also see myself extending this to employees once I have them. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

  208. I do the same for my company! We started it last summer and we did it again this summer because it worked out so well. Clients completely understood and, since we let everyone know way in advance, it even helped speed up a few contracts and get things done.
    I grew up in El Salvador where everyone takes off Holy Week and the first week of August. Those days always felt so peaceful, quiet and of renewal because no one wants to work. Last year I was trying to find my sister in El Salvador and I realized she wasn’t even returning my messages because it was Semana Santa and they were at the beach…as they should! That got me thinking about how much I miss having that real time off and how even if anyone in my team or myself takes a vacation, we never really get to tune off because people know they can still find you and everything in the office is still going on full force. So you don’t allow yourself to tune off. But sending the whole team on vacation and letting clients, vendors and even putting up signs on social media saying you’re closed completely shuts it off.
    We did one week only, but might work up to two weeks next year!

    This is our OOO for the week 🙂
    Hi,

    According to a 2014 study, “not taking vacation time is a bad idea, as
    it harms productivity and the economy.” The same study recognizes that
    taking time off from work yields in “higher productivity, stronger
    workplace morale, greater employee retention, and significant health
    benefits.”

    And we truly believe that’s the case, so we’re taking a summer break!
    The LBC office will close on August 3rd and reopen on Monday, August
    10th in full force, con una gran sonrisa and a healthy, sun-kissed
    tan.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Ana! It’s so game-changing 🙂 Cheers to your vacation and hope it was terrific!

  209. Kudos to you Marie! Overwork and the constant busyness syndrom is such an epidemic! Which is why we started our platform. We believe that to achieve balance and success in life we need to have the very things that make us feel so alive and recharged during travel…also in our everyday.

    Bravo to you being one of the leaders in making lifestyle an important factor in business.

    -M

  210. marie,
    me and my husband own our company so all the income for our family comes from one place. It has been challenging lately (well for over a year!). How do we rationalize taking any vacation (i.e. turning our focus AWAY from the business at hand) until we are making enough to pay the bills? I love a good vacation and i’m all for the european way of life and i don’t know how to integrate that with our current circumstances. Thoughts?

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      I so hear you, Siri and I know you’re not alone there. Taking even a little time off when your business is still growing can seem counter-intuitive, even a bit crazy, and I’m happy to share a couple thoughts.

      We absolutely understand that not everyone is able to take longer vacations depending on where they are in business, so if it really isn’t realistic to take a longer time off at this point, you might consider ways you can incorporate mini-vacations or relaxation time in your daily or weekly routine.

      Even taking an evening or a weekend day off to play and enjoy life can really help fuel your energy, which is of course super important for growing your business. For a few tips on that, definitely check out this MarieTV about Non-Negotiable Time: http://marieforleo.com/2011/07/when-you-doubt-everything/

      If you are able to take a bit longer of a vacation (a week or two maybe), even if it feels difficult to step away at first, it can actually be an incredible asset to your business. It’s not always healthy for anyone to go-go-go continually (despite what society says), and vacation and time off really can be a tool to help your business succeed in the long run.

      Even if you can only take a day off, it might be worth giving it a try and really be off the grid to refresh and recharge. You might be surprised by some amazing insights to help grow your business too! We’re cheering you on 🙂

  211. weird…I wrote a blog post about the exact same thing just a couple weeks earlier! Totally agree – the Europeans are onto something with the month-off in the summer thing.

  212. Stevie

    Holiday’s are really important to our health Marie, and you are right, just a short time to lose yourself in something you love and spending time with family, this can really recharge our batteries. I live in France and this happens all the time, major shops just put up a sign and even at times in the high summer this is done, product producers shut for August and we just have to wait for any spare parts we need. Always make time for those you love, to hell with work.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Right? 🙂 Love it, Stevie!

  213. Thanks Marie! I need this reminder. As a work from home, mom entrepreneur, I feel like I’m always scrambling for every bit of time I can get to do work. I love what I do, but realize if I don’t take care of myself I will exhaust myself creatively and have nothing to give to those around me.

  214. Danielle Kean

    A life worth living is a life with a pause! I actually feel more confident in myself when I take time for myself.
    Love! Love! Love!!!
    You’re great! Thank you for your inspiration!! ??

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I LOVE what you shared: “A life worth living is a life with a pause.” That’s such a fantastic mantra!

  215. Jookie

    I would vacation but I have less than $100, my business which used to flourish is literally dead and just pulling in a few pennies. Is this a sign to change to my destiny? I think it is. No money for that either I think if I jump into the “unknown” (i.e. my life destiny/love work) I won’t have to worry about money. Well there’s no car to even get to auditions, classes, no air fare, nothing, I’m a broke ghost! If I had money I could do all this. That’s why I’m trying to move to a castle and stay there forever!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I’m really sorry to hear your business isn’t going the direction you’d planned, Jookie. That sounds really stressful, so we’re sending lots of love your way. It can be really hard to know what to do when your business is struggling, so I wanted to send this episode of MarieTV your way in hopes it helps: http://www.marieforleo.com/2013/05/close-a-business/ It can be hard to know when to close a business, but if it’s the right thing to do it can also free you to start something fresh, which may be just what you’re looking for! We’ve got our fingers crossed things will get better soon.

  216. Marie, I read this blog post last August in the midst of planning the holiday
    season for my company, Afterglow Cosmetics. Black Friday to around December 23rd is our biggest time of the year and the dead sprint begins months in advance.

    Your blog post totally flipped the script for me on how to approach
    last holiday season’s planning. I am so grateful for the perspective, the motivation and the spark you lit inside of me to make a change. I want to update you on how it panned out.

    Last year, I decided to give all my employees an additional
    two paid weeks off starting December 23rd to January 6th. That post-holiday time of year is relatively slow for us and so important personally that it seemed to be a good fit for the 2 weeks off experiment.

    I’ll admit it, we were a bit nervous to see how it would shake out.

    Here’s what we did to prepare for the two weeks off:

    1. We over communicated to our customers about the downtime.
    2. We put more automation and information on our website to
    help our customers easily find the answers to commonly asked questions.
    3. We relied on our trusted outsourced team members like our fulfillment center and our web developers to keep the wheels turning while we were gone.
    4. All my employees knew that they could dip into their email to confirm that
    all was well and no fires were burning to ease any of their own anxiety about being hands off for so long.

    What the two weeks off did for us as a company and as individuals:

    1. The preparation for these two weeks off brought us closer as a team working on a common goal.
    2. Working toward that goal turned into the catalyst to develop better ways to communicate with and serve our customers.
    3. The ideas we implemented are evergreen improvements in our business.
    4. Each employee reflected on the two weeks as an important time to rejuvenate and reconnect with family and friends in a way that they would never have been able to do otherwise.
    5. Making this additional commitment to the health and well-being of my employees further extended our brand commitment as an organic cosmetic company to sustainable business practices.

    Not surprising, there was a tons of gratitude and love all around.

    Not ONE of our customers complained about us not being available and nothing “bad” happened while we were gone. On the contrary, many of our customers remarked at how amazing we were as a company to offer that to our employees! We got so much love and support from our customers (just as you received) for taking those two weeks off.

    Oh yeah… we still received tons of orders and lots of revenue in online sales during the two weeks off.

    I blogged about ‘Why We are Taking Two Weeks Off’ and gave you a shout-out here.

    Thanks again for the inspiration Marie!

    Kristin Adams
    CEO / Afterglow Cosmetics

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Kristin!! I’m so glad you tried this out with your company and got such excellent feedback from your customers and employees. That’s what it’s all about! Our whole team is sending some virtual high fives your way. 🙂

  217. Gabriella Pirisi

    You’re so cute Marie. It’s very French to close for vacation which I’m sure you’ve discovered. I’m here, in France, and everything is closed between July and whole of August. It’s very hard to adjust to this tradition but when it’s YOU, your business, it’s nice that there is this unofficial “obligitary” stop work.

  218. This is happening in my biz Marie! Inspired by you, the past two years, week took off two full weeks but it wasn’t sufficient because I was sick as a dog for the entire time – both times. This is year (as of yesterday) we are shutting down for two whole months! All of those fears about people forgetting us, falling behind to competition, and financial loss were nagging at me before announcing the decision. But my truth is, if I don’t slow down for a serious minute, I will not have anything left to keep serving my delightful customers. I felt guilty at first announcing the break but the more I did it the more confident I felt about taking charge of my life and my business. Most of our customers cheered for us in the end. We’ll see how it goes in January when we come back on line. Thanks for the boatload of inspiration and concrete advice. xo

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