Work to Live or Live to Work?

Like many people, my job provides me a certain number of vacation days that I can choose to use or not use every year. As far as I can remember, I have always used all of the vacation days I have been given. This is largely due to the fact that my husband and I travel to Israel every summer to visit family and friends (you can’t exactly hop over to the other side of the world for just a week), but it is also because I am a firm believer that we work to live, not live to work.


If you’ve been following my blog for a while now it is probably clear to you that I am passionate about traveling and exploring new places whether that’s overseas or here in Dallas. Why do I bring all of this up?

I have teamed up with Homeaway after being moved by this video that discusses the phenomenon of unused vacation time. Last year, 50% of people in the workforce did not use all of their vacation… 50%! Is it just me or is that a ridiculously large percentage of people? This number really struck a chord with me which is why I want to encourage you to take your #WholeVacation.

Spain-Travel-Blog-The-Fashion-Hour-1963So many of us work at our jobs day in and day out sitting at a desk or staring at a screen. Some of us love what we do, and unfortunately, some don’t. Whether you wake up excited to go to work every day or not, we all need that time away from our jobs to recharge. Whether that’s escaping with your significant other for a long weekend, taking a road trip with your family, or even grabbing a group of your girlfriends for a spa and shopping trip, I believe this time away is vital to our overall mental health. I can honestly say some of the happiest moments of my life have been while traveling with my husband. The countless summer trips to Israel… last year’s birthday spent in Madrid and Barcelona… running around South Beach and Little Havana in Miami… and if I had to guess, I will probably be making more memorable moments with this upcoming spontaneous getaway to L.A. I couldn’t imagine not having these moments.

I want to encourage you to get away from your desk, close your laptop, and use your #WholeVacation so you can start making moments with your loved ones and consequently live a happier, fuller life!


Photo taken by Stephanie Drenka

Are you part of the 50% that didn’t use all of their vacation? Do you wish you would have used it? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Be sure to visit HomeAway for a plethora of options for your next getaway and check out THIS POST for the 7 pieces you need to wear when traveling!



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  1. Friday, January 29, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Omg. Perfect use of this picture, and will definitely be using my #Wholevacation (and then some lol) this year!

    • Natalie
      Friday, January 29, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Thank you!! So glad you liked what I did. 😀

  2. coffeeslag
    Friday, January 29, 2016 / 9:48 am

    I like that thought of working to live, instead of living to work. I think sometimes the day to day of work life causes us to forget that there’s a life out there to live. My parents instilled in my the love of traveling; every year when I was young we’d always visit another country for 1-2 weeks. I think that’s something I need to start doing again and something I’d totally love to incorporate into my future family. Because, I mean, what’s the point of working if we don’t enjoy ourselves once in a while?


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    • Natalie
      Friday, January 29, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Amen! It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day and never take a moment to get away. I think traveling somewhere new every year is a great idea and I also hope I will be able to do that with my future children!

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