Be The Laziest Person If You Want To Be The Most Successful

by TaylorR

Sometimes you have to stop working to get more done.

Sometimes you have to be a slacker.

Sometimes you have to say “no, I will not do that today” to take time for yourself.

Americans, have been groomed to be workaholics. Plus, we do everything in excess.

We work too much…

Drink too much…

Eat too much…

Even take life for granted too much. So let me ask you…

When Was The Last Time You Unplugged From Life?

If you’re like me, it’s been a while. Over 51% of Americans don’t use their vacation time. 

I’m one of them.

When was the last time you ate what you wanted, without thinking about calories or how many miles you have to run to burn it off?

Sure, you might eat what you want from time to time, but be honest… in the back of your mind there is that voice calling out, “do you really think you should eat that?!”

You know, the food guilt.

Sometimes you have to learn to shut that voice up and eat the damn piece of coconut cream cake while savoring every single bite.

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The Couple That Worked Too Much

Once upon a time, there was a girl that had BIG dreams.

She wanted to help women discover how easy and amazing it was to lead a healthy lifestyle.

She wanted to give these women the best workouts and nutrition tips to inspire them transform their habits.

So, with her husband, she created two business: a local women’s boot camp and studio… and an online training studio.

She wanted her passion to shine bright.

Her husband and her worked diligently, sometimes clocking in 15 hours days. Because work was done at their home office, it was never quitting time.

Weekdays, weekends, etc…

Work Was Always On Their Minds

It consumed them.

“Our hard work will pay off!”

This is what they kept telling each other. And it did. However they were so focused on many different goals, that they never stopped to celebrate their successes.

Over time, the couple got moody with each other…

…work began to feel less passionate and more like “work”…

…the couple often felt more like business associates and less like a married couple.

No matter how they tried to relax in their home, the work load still felt heavy and was always there.

One day…

The (Amazingly Gorgeous :)) Wife Decided To Do Something Special

She surprised her husband with a night out on the town.

It was almost immediate… as soon as the couple closed and locked their door of their home to leave, the air was lighter.

They had clocked out.

She Booked A Room At The Beautiful Historic Fulton Lane Inn

It’s a (bed and breakfast) in downtown Charleston for the evening.

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As soon as they walked into their room, they knew the stay would be perfect.

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The antique fireplace, the bed, and the luxurious bathroom screamed romance and comfort all at once

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They each sipped a glass of champagne (that we snuck in ourselves) while getting ready for a night out.

After getting settled and dressed up, it was time for a night out.

First… A Complimentary Happy Hour!

What better way to let your guard down and to get into “vacation mode”?

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In all seriousness, this was one of the best complimentary happy hours I have ever experienced.

Limitless glasses of wine and snacks in a secret courtyard, tucked away just 20 feet from the hustle and bustle of King Street at Kings Courtyard Inn (available free to Fulton Lane Inn guests).

Seriously. It was that close to the busiest street in Charleston, yet you couldn’t even tell it was there.

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The evening was spent enjoying cocktails…

Great food…

Great conversation…

And a surprise meet up with friends.

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Yes, from time to time work was brought up. But, instead of feeling burdened by work, both the husband and the wife were excited about it.

The Passion Was Back

A little bit of laziness can help out a lot.

Before heading out, breakfast was enjoyed at Kitchen 208, a small cafe located right next door to Fulton Lane Inn.

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In less than 5 minutes, meals had been ordered and coffee was in hands. #Bliss.

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Breakfast wrap for the lady… stuffed with turkey, eggs, hummus, and veggies!

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And turkey wrap for the hubby…

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The night out had cleaned their mental (and marital) house up and returned it to it’s former relaxed state.

Why You Should Take A Day Off From Everything

We relearned a powerful lesson in life…

Sometimes being lazy is the most productive thing you can do.

Not just with work, but with exercise, diet, you name it.

  • Take a few days off from working out every once in a while…
  • Have your cake and eat it too without worrying if it’s going to show up on your hips…
  • Take a vacation day even if you’re not actually going any where…

Life Is Short –  It’s Meant To Be Enjoyed!

It’s those moments when we can “turn off” that we realize what we are actually working for.

Yes?

I want to thank Fulton Lane Inn and Kitchen 208 for a wonderful date night with my husband. We needed it. We make it a point to try to separate business from marriage but the truth is, that is impossible when we are so passionate about what we do.

But it’s equally important to take ourselves out of the work zone to enjoy just being us.

I recommend you try it sometime! : )

If you ever visit Charleston, stay there. So far it’s been our favorite place downtown.

If you were able to fly off to ANY city for a night out on the town with your significant other, which city would you go to?

I am a hopeless romantic, so I would likely jet away to Paris for the evening to indulge in too much wine and bread.

In blog news…

I am in the process of making some changes to the way I blog. In an effort to get ahead and organized for these new changes, this week will be a bit lighter in posts with the new changes being implemented next week!

Thanks you… for your patience… and for being an amazing reader of what I write (it always makes me smile!)

We received a discounted rate to Fulton Lane for this review, as well as a gift card to Kitchen 208. But all thoughts and opinions are my own. Dan and I both agreed that we loved the inn and plan on it being our regular go to for evenings out on the town (which we try to do every 4-6 months).

 

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda @runtothefinish June 2, 2014 at 6:39 am

smart woman! sometimes checking out is exactly what we need!

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TaylorR June 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The blonde is just a disguise! haha

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Erica June 2, 2014 at 7:04 am

AH! So fun!!! Glad you guys enjoyed- deserved!!

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TaylorR June 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

It was great! Y’all would love the Kitchen!

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Carla June 2, 2014 at 7:35 am

YES YES YES TO THIS FOR SURE
laziness and boredom CAN breed success.

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TaylorR June 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Thanks! Plenty of laziness to be had!

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Sheena June 2, 2014 at 8:01 am

Sounds lovely!! And a great opportunity to enjoy what your community offers :) Makes me want to do the same!

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TaylorR June 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

it was great, I think everyone should be a tourist in their own town sometimes!

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Eveliz June 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

I would love to go to Italy and after seeing & enjoying Italy, I would love to travel Europe. :)

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TaylorR June 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Italy would be great! I really want to go to Spain!

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Amy Lauren June 2, 2014 at 9:26 am

I think it’s so neat to go out on a date and a stay-cation here in Charleston! Sometimes it’s so fun to go downtown and play like a tourist- I haven’t been to Kitchen 208 but I’ve seen it many times, it’s very close to my church and seems like a good place to eat. I hope that you guys can get everything worked out with the new blog plan and all the other changes.

That cake looks like Kaminsky’s… is it Kaminsky’s? I’m going today after my ortho appointment. Here’s to hoping my adult milkshake will be one of celebration and not one of drowming my tears of injury.

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TaylorR June 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Nope, not Kaminsky’s. 5-Loaves actually. It was great! Praying for good news!

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Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. June 2, 2014 at 11:18 am

AMEN!

I find that when I take a mandatory break, I am MORE efficient and more rejuvenated each week!

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TaylorR June 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Yes!!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) June 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

Love this! I have definitely been trying to slow down and really enjoy, stress less and live more. I have started blogging less, unplugging more as well. During my recent vacation, I actually allowed myself to be totally ok with indulging a little more for once – almost all meals totally the same but I indulged in almond M&Ms with abandon LOL

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TaylorR June 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I am working on the same goals! We can do it! M&Ms are the best!

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Lindsay June 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I think we share the same brain. But I think I need more of your brain cells right now. Glad you two got away! Looks like a blast. And so glad you feel refreshed and the passion is back

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TaylorR June 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

“Sista’s from another mother”… doesn’t have the same ring as brothers from another mother but it will have to do. This weekend will be a great chance for you to reset your brain! Wish I could go!

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Kim June 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Hooray for a total break and a nice evening!!
Did Dan and his friend plan the matching shirts?!
Charleston is on my list of places to visit!! In fact, a good friend of mine’s daughter and boyfriend just went for a super quick trip to see a friend. I told her (the daughter) that I had a friend who lived there – maybe one day I will actually meet that friend in person!!!

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TaylorR June 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

Yes!! You have to come! You will love it here, such great running spots, views, and beaches!! REAL Beaches! :)

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal June 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I’m all about work life balance. I need to have time to relax and time to myself because that’s how I get my best work done. But I totally also understand working a 15 hour day because you are so engulfed in what you are doing that you don’t want to stop! It’s all about finding a good balance that works for you and others in your life.

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TaylorR June 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

Yes… balance is key! We can’t be all work and we can’t be all laziness. But balance is a hard thing to figure out! Lots of trial and error, right!?

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf June 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm

So glad that you all were able to do this. Unplugging is so important. I feel like I’ve been super busy the past few months and finished a big project yesterday. Today? I really have not been on the computer. I went to yoga, saw a friend, got a haircut and hung out with son. MUCH NEEDED. Maybe I’ll take the rest of the week off too :-)

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TaylorR June 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Sounds like a great day! Stop, celebrate finishing up the project and get your mind cleared before moving on! Congrats on being done!

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