For 2012-13 New Years I went away on holiday for 7 days, for a rare family vacation.
Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, RIU Merengue Resorts and Hotels.
I had such a meaningful and excellent time.
Since I have been back I've been editing the footage I was able to take throughout the trip. There are many relaxing and uplifting tropical weather shots, beautiful sounds and scenery of the ocean, and lots of sunshine; much needed for those living in areas with lengthy winters, or suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder). For me these clips are a way to document my experience so I can revisit them whenever I need to, to refresh the sensations.
A few reminders for healthy being:
-Importance of SLEEP! Deprived of quality sleep in Toronto I was out in the plane, in the bus, on the beach.
-Sunshine does help lift moods; added benefits of vitamin D, increased outdoor activities, helps in regulating circadian rhythm, and the list continues. For further info and researched proof, visit: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/11/09/weather-can-change-your-mood/
-Meals: regular meals, hot meals, variety of colors and textures, freshly made, freshly picked, in moderation and healthy portions.
-Alcohol; drink in moderation.
-Switch off! I didn't touch my phone, or any other devices while away (only for listening to music on the plane and the camera for images/video). It is okay to take a break from checking emails, social media, and the technological noise of modern day life. Sometimes it is paramount in hearing yourself think, feeling, reflecting, and being more in tune with the self and environment. I could see the stars without the constantly plugged in city lights!
-Exploring and learning new things, sights, languages, cultures, and human connections.
-In a modern world of abundance; less can be more.
-It is always the best to be honest to yourself, BE yourself, and okay with who you are.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish you all the best in 2013.
The 7 days in Puerto Plata videos can be viewed on my Youtube channel BeingMarieT: http://www.youtube.com/user/BeingMarieT?feature=g-crec-u Please subscribe to my channel for video updates.