Velvet Escape challenge 2012

2012 promises to be an eventful year. In sporting terms, London will host the Summer Olympics for the third time (I’m hoping that Roger Federer will win the gold medal at his beloved Wimbledon) whilst the European Football (Soccer) Championships will be held in Poland and Ukraine (I’m betting on the Netherlands of course!). As the year progresses, we will find out whether the Euro will survive the current crisis, if a potential showdown in the Gulf can be averted, who will be the next President of the U.S.A. and if the world will end as the Mayas have predicted. There will be much to think about as well as new challenges and opportunities to consider in addition to carrying on with our daily lives. As the world spins around us, it’s important to step out of the whirlwind of information and activities from time to time for some precious ‘me time’.


Me time at the Dead Sea

Spending time on me

Immerse yourself in the view!

I strongly believe that in order to be the best person we can possibly be for our families, friends and communities, we need to take care of ourselves first. This entails feeling good about ourselves both mentally and physically. Allotting time to the care of our personal well-being is the key to achieving a healthy balance in our often busy lives. We can use this time to do whatever we want or nothing at all. It sounds wonderful yet, funnily enough, I know many people who simply fret the idea of spending a day or more with nothing on the agenda and certainly without a mobile device. “Why throw yourself into a void when time is so precious?” is a remark I once heard.

So, if you feel you’ve been neglecting yourself lately, here’s the challenge for 2012: allocate sufficient me time, unplug and be creative in how you use that time to enjoy yourself. Indulge yourself in a spa or a day of nothingness on a beach, strike up a conversation with someone you see often but have never chatted with, have a meal at your favourite restaurant and savour each mouthful just a tad longer, meditate on a mountain peak or embark on a solo trip. Tickle your senses. Be adventurous. It’s up to you.

And when you return, I’d love to know what you did, what it felt like and if you learned something new about yourself during your me time – that goes for the professional ‘me-timers’ out there too – so I can learn from you. Feel free to leave a comment below or email me.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012 … and remember

go explore. experience. and be inspired.


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12 Responses to “Velvet Escape challenge 2012”

  1. Abi 30/01/2012 2:49 am

    Perfect timing- this is definitely something I need to make time for this year!

  2. velvet 07/01/2012 3:34 pm

    Hi Stefania,
    Leuk dat je mijn blog bezoekt. 🙂 Beste wensen voor het nieuwe jaar!


  3. Stefania 07/01/2012 8:29 am

    A happy new year to you too.

    Het was leuk om je te ontmoeten in Den Haag bij de ambassadeur.



  4. Maria 06/01/2012 5:36 am

    Very well put and a timely reminder to us all, “allocate sufficient me time, unplug and be creative in how you use that time to enjoy yourself.”

  5. velvet 06/01/2012 12:09 am

    That’s great to hear Lauren. Keep it up in 2012! Best wishes for the new year!

    Keith 🙂

  6. velvet 06/01/2012 12:07 am

    Haha, happy new year Andi! 🙂

  7. Lauren Fritsky 05/01/2012 11:57 pm

    I love this! I fully agree with you — if you’re not right with yourself, you can’t be right with anything else. I have fortunately had time and resources lately to nurture and indulge myself a little more than usual and it feels great. Happy New Year to you.

  8. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures 05/01/2012 11:55 pm

    Loved this post and I couldn’t agree more! 2012 is all about me. 🙂

    Happy New Year!!!

  9. velvet 05/01/2012 11:48 pm

    Awesome! Enjoy the spa! 🙂

  10. Good tip Keith. Stop and smell the roses. You’ve inspired us. In one hours we’ll be going to chill out in a spa tub and sauna.

  11. velvet 05/01/2012 10:57 am

    Hahaha! If the Mayans are right, then we should all drop everything we’re doing and go out and enjoy life to the hilt while we still can! LOL! 😉

  12. Vera Marie Badertscher 04/01/2012 8:05 pm

    On the other hand you can just assume the Mayans are right and do nothing.

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