The Ultimate Way to Shift Your Perspective on Life — Robyn Cruze

By Robyn Cruze

Unable to step away from all the work on your plate? ERC's Robyn Cruze explains how her vacation helped her find a new perspective on life.
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I took a one-week vacation from work. That sounds normal, right? Not for me. I’ve never done that before. One or two days away, yes. One week away, absolutely not.

Well, I decided that I'll be doing it again and here’s why.

Before I left on my trip, I highly doubted that I would be able to take the full week without responding to emails or engaging in a work project on the sly.

To my surprise, however, I spent my days hanging out with my daughters, hubby, and friends on Waconia Lake, Minnesota. Despite the mosquitos, I loved it! I was surprised at my body's and mind’s need to rest. So rest is what I did.

When I came back, I was surprised at the number of balls I was juggling before going on vacation. "How exhausting," I thought. But, what was more surprising to me was how my work world kept on spinning without me while I was gone; nothing fell apart without me being there.


Friends, I realized that I am not the be-all and end-all, and that is fabulous news!

Yes, this work that I do — supporting and advocating for those with eating disorders — is so very important to me. I sure hope it inspires others, but I came to realize that this work is only a part of me, not all of me. I forgot that, and I needed to be reminded.

So: Check. I have officially been reminded.

Taking time off from work and my daily routine has given me a new perspective.

Have you ever taken time out from something you do? Did it shift your perspective? I’d love to hear about it.

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Robyn Cruze

Internationally-recognized author and speaker, Robyn Cruze published Making Peace with Your Plate (Central Recovery Press) with Espra Andrus, LCSW, which will enter its second edition in February…

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