Black alarm clock sitting on a beachWhile summer isn’t yet officially here, it sure is starting to feel as though it is. I’ve noticed an added excitement in the air, which I’m assuming is a result of hope. Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, I sense a new level of hope … people are planning summer vacations once again, safely reconnecting, and rediscovering what it feels like to be social. 

Personally, I have a few excursions and a retreat planned (we have only two spots left if you are interested!) and even the act of planning them has filled me with excitement and anticipation. What about you? I hope you’ve got something in the works, whether it’s a substantial trip far away, special days off throughout the next few months, or at minimum, an abundance of self-care practices

For a little inspiration, I’m sharing some of my favorite quotes having to do with vacation, taking breaks and the importance of self-care. I hope you enjoy them, and please consider sharing your summer plans in the comments below! 


Vacation Quotes


“A vacation helps to relieve stress and boredom, gives us a change of scenery, provides us with adventure, and helps to bring us closer to the people in our lives.” – E. S. Woods

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben

“As you grow older, you learn a few things. One of them is to actually take the time you’ve allotted for vacation.” – John Battelle

“Vacations mean a change of pace, a gentleness with ourselves, a time of rest and renewal, and a time to stretch ourselves and encounter new people, new lands, new ways, and new options.” – Anne Wilson Schaef

“In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Life’s short. Eat dessert first, work less and vacation more.” – Lea Mishell

“Sometimes we just need a mental vacation. Take a 15 minute break and start planning your next vacation.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“I have never believed that vacations are luxuries. They are our necessities – just like shelter, clothes, and food, they make us feel like humans and not like animals that care only for survival.” – Alexander Babinets

“Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama


Taking a Break Quotes


“Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing.” – Izey Victoria Odiase,

“In this game, everyone needs a break to refuel, recharge, and jump back in full throttle.” – Helen Edwards,

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”– Oprah Winfrey

“The opportunity to step away from everything and take a break is something that shouldn’t be squandered.” – Harper Reed

“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.” – Douglas Pagels

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” – Maya Angelou

“Is there a place you can go to break away for a little while? If you haven’t yet built your tree house, it’s never too late to start.” – Gina Greenlee

“Relax, recharge and reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing.” – Izey Victoria Odiase,


Self-Care Quotes


“Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.” – Katrina Mayer

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck

“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” – Princess Diana

“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton 

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” – Deborah Day

“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brené Brown



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