Council & Associates March 2019

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T raveling is one of my great experience all of it — but that doesn’t stop me from trying. Visiting different places gives me a chance to see new sights, taste new foods, and experience new cultures. It’s also, and this is a big one for me, an opportunity to break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Everyone who knows me knows that I struggle to “turn off.” As an entrepreneur, I’m fully invested in my practice. Being an attorney is something I love dearly, so it can be difficult for me to separate myself from my profession. In today’s world, you’re never really off the clock, because clients and staff are always just a phone call, email, or text message away. Most of the time, that’s a huge blessing and makes our lives easier, but it can prove pesky when you just need a break. For me, physically getting away from it all is one of the best ways to truly disconnect from work. Costa Rica has become my favorite place to do that over the years, which is why I refer to it as my “happy place.” When I’ve been spending a little too much time burning the midnight oil — as I said, I can’t help it — passions. The world is so big and vast that none of us will ever get to IN TODAY’S WORLD, YOU’RE NEVER REALLY OFF THE CLOCK, BECAUSE CLIENTS AND STAFF ARE ALWAYS JUST A PHONE CALL, EMAIL, OR TEXT MESSAGE AWAY. MOST OF THE TIME, THAT’S A HUGE BLESSING AND MAKES OUR LIVES EASIER, BUT IT CAN PROVE PESKY WHEN YOU JUST NEED A BREAK.

The Importance of Taking a Break

WHY COSTA RICA IS MY ‘HAPPY PLACE’

I’ll realize that it’s time for a trip to my happy place. It’s become such a tradition that all of my team members know exactly what I’m referring to when I use the phrase. The natural beauty and wildlife of Costa Rica takes me out of my daily routine and allows me to appreciate a simpler kind of pleasure. After all, it’s hard to worry about how many unread messages are in your inbox when you have monkeys outside your window and a rainforest just beyond your door. It reminds me that there’s more to life than “go, go, go.” While I’m there, I have an honest-to-goodness chance to relax. When I get back, I’m refreshed and reinvigorated. The kids also love Costa Rica. Philip and I must be pretty lucky, because they’re great travelers. Come to think of it, it’s funny that I value traveling as a chance to get away from my electronic devices because these devices are essential when traveling with our kids. It’s amazing how the kids can sit on a plane for hours as long as they have their little gadgets to keep them busy. Clearly, we always make sure we bring the chargers for flights. I wouldn’t want to see what would happen if our iPad died while on a long flight — and I don’t think the flight crew would want to see it either.

When in Costa Rica, I make sure to give the kids a push to use their Spanish skills. For whatever reason, they’re very shy about the fact that they speak Spanish fluently. At home, they hardly, if ever, speak Spanish. So when we land in Costa Rica, I have a habit of playing dumb. I pretend there’s no way for us to communicate unless the kids speak in the native language. If they want us to eat, they need to order. They’re usually reticent at first, but after a few days, they are speaking like they’ve lived there all their lives. Getting to rely on them in this way, even if it’s not absolutely necessary, is one of the coolest parts of every trip. I hope everyone reading this has their own happy place they can escape to from time to time. It may not be another country — heck, it may even be right here in Atlanta — but everyone needs a space to relax. If you can manage to create that atmosphere without needing to travel thousands of miles from work, more power to you.

–Lashonda Council- Rogers, Esq.

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