Yesterday I met my friend/Improv teacher/client Holly Mandel for a long lunch at Le Grainne Caffe. We had not had a chance to meet for two months and the first thing she said to me was ‘You look different – so calm!’
Now, most of my friends know me as a calm person so I asked her to explain. According to Holly I seemed less distracted, more focused and more connected. I was happy she noticed these changes in me for I had been feeling them too. And the reason I was feeling calmer and more connected was simple – I had just got back from a two-week trip to Moscow and to Minsk.
While Siberian temperatures may not inspire ‘calmness’ in many people it certainly helped me. I have spent the last few years building not only my own business but those of several clients. Most of my day seems to disappear in conversations about websites, and marketing strategies, and brainstorming sessions. Everyday there are new challenges, new ideas, and dare I say it new stress!
But stepping away from it all – celebrating my mother’s 60th birthday, visiting my grand aunt in Moscow, and starring in a photo shoot (don’t ask!) – was like stepping in to another Marina! And by uncovering this other side of me I was able to access ideas and thoughts that on a regular basis I was to ‘productively busy’ to see.
Going to a different country always does this for me. My last trip outside the United States was to India and when I got back I started my business! Being so far outside my physical comfort zone is always a positive thing and something I encourage my clients to seek out.
In closing may I suggest that if Moscow is too far for you to go (!) then try my favorite quick-fix, 2-day gateway at the Shivananda Yoga Ranch in the Catskills. http://www.sivananda.org/ranch/
Photos from my blackberry collection.
This blog post is co-written with Radhika Vaz www.radvaz.com