Santorini 1: Best “Problem” There Is

So Santorini…….. Ohhhhh Santorini…….. I muse as I begin to write this post because Santorini for me now will always be synonymous with peace and healing for my soul. Yeah, ok, that sounds deep, but really… I rarely slow down. Partly because I really and truly LOVE my work, my life, my people, all the amazing opportunities I am faced with regularly, and the freedom I’ve created in my #mobileentrepreneur lifestyle to be able to fill my time with all these things.

I mean, I’m not in full-on FOMO (fear of missing out) all the time, but that’s definitely something I’ve had to learn to manage when faced with saying no to things I absolutely knew were awesome. Ya know?

“Oh sh*t, I have to choose between this awesome thing and that awesome thing!” Yeah, not complaining.

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Still, the opportunity I often do miss is that quiet time for just myself. Sometimes we all have to recover, and that’s cool, ya know? Sometimes sh*t hits the fan, sometimes we’re just pooped, sometimes we’ve just been rockin’ out for a long while and a break is exactly what we need. Regardless, saying no is never a missed opportunity, but rather you saying yes to the opportunity that’s currently more valuable for YOU at that particular juncture.

I mean, I had 18 FULL DAYS in Santorini… I could have gone out to eat a million times… I could’ve visited the volcano… I could’ve gone on a boat ride… I could’ve sat in the hot tub at my place… I could’ve gone to the other end of the island… I could’ve done SO MUCH MORE.

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But that’s always the case. And often a challenging perspective for those of us who know how much is possible when we put in our effort.

Instead I enjoyed my balcony… I enjoyed walking to the supermarket… I enjoyed making my own Greek salads… I enjoyed talking to my clients… I enjoyed writing with my feet up… I enjoyed running that coast every day… I enjoyed being the local I wanted to be there. I took advantage of the opportunity I had to do THAT.

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What I’m saying is this…

Every choice we make is the opportunity we take.

Opportunities are never missed. We simply opt for one awesome thing over another. And the choice is always ours.

Best “problem” there is.

Mel :)

Flying in......... ahhhhh.......

Flying in……… ahhhhh…….

Enjoying my balcony at the start of my 18 FULL DAYS here in this literally perfect place. #inawe

Enjoying my balcony at the start of my 18 FULL DAYS here in this literally perfect place. #inawe

Supermarket was just a short walk away.. also perfect. #imalocalnow

Supermarket was just a short walk away.. also perfect. #imalocalnow

WHAT? Every day's view was beautiful in it's own way.

WHAT? Every day’s view was beautiful in it’s own way.

I would sit with these doors open... writing.. eating.. chilling.. resting.. being. Big deep breath of life.

This is when I first saw the view from my room.. kinda freakin out.

And this. :)

Then it cleared… and came these kinds of sunsets.. #bucketlist

Literally the view for one of my client calls.

Literally the view for one of my client calls.

Santorini sun on my face... #takingitin #bestill

Taking it all in……… #bestill

Another work day.

Another work day.

Julia worked at my place and she was just so kind... we became fast friends.

Julia worked at my place and she was just so kind… so generous of spirit… we became fast friends.

This guy and I became fast friends too.

This guy and I became fast friends too.

Went running nearly every single day of all 18 days. Fell in love with my noise-canceling headphones to run with too. WHOA. Highly recommend. So awesome. #podcastbliss #tunebliss

Went running nearly every single day of all 18 days. Fell in love with my noise-canceling headphones to run with too. WHOA. Highly recommend. So awesome. #podcastbliss #tunebliss

Saw this on my run.

Saw this on my run.

And this.

And this.

And this too.

And this too.

And these guys! :)

And these guys! :)

And this guy!

And this guy!

When I felt inspired, I got to work. I really love my work.. so I wrote a lot while here, watched a lot videos continuing my education, expanding my own personal growth, and of course rockin' out with my clients. :)) #mobileentrepreneur

When I felt inspired, I got to work. I love love love love love my work. Five “loves.” Not enough, but whatever. So I wrote a lot while here, watched a lot videos continuing my education, expanding my own personal growth, and of course rockin’ out with my clients. :)) #mobileentrepreneur

Dinnertime.

Dinnertime.

A little pimpin' for my #skydiving sponsors! And check out the video I made for the Sisters in Skydiving 2015 event.. couldn't be there but wanted to be there.. so I got there in the way I could. Love it, love all you ladies! Click HERE to watch. :)

A little pimpin’ for my #skydiving sponsors! And check out the video I made for the Sisters in Skydiving 2015 event.. couldn’t be there but wanted to be there.. so I got there in the way I could. Love it, love all you ladies! Click HERE to watch. :)

Also did some other videos and skype interview action too.. yeah, this is sometimes actually what it looks like to get the right video angles, or whatever you need to get it right wherever you are! Hahaha awesome. This was for the podcast interview I did for The Running Lifestyle show.. super awesome podcast, for sure subscribe and check it out! My episode should be out soon if it isn't already! :)

Also did some other videos and skype interview action too.. yeah, this is sometimes actually what it looks like to get the right video angles, or whatever you need to get it right wherever you are! Hahaha awesome. This was for the podcast interview I did for The Running Lifestyle Show.. super awesome podcast, for sure subscribe and check it out! My episode should be out soon if it isn’t already! :)

Breakfast every single morning. Seriously.

Breakfast every single morning. Seriously.

Coffee and water with my pal.

Coffee and water with my pal.

Ate my apple on the part of my balcony you're totally not supposed to go on. #rebel

Ate my apple on the part of my balcony you’re totally not supposed to go on. #rebel

Got out and walked through the cliff-side town in the sunshine too.

Got out and walked through the cliff-side town in the sunshine too. #podcastbliss

Ran faster and farther each day is seemed... to the edge of town and beyond... #exploring

Ran faster and farther each day is seemed… to the edge of town and beyond… #exploring

Even though I was on this section of the #WMFT alone, and even sometimes felt that way.. I always come back to know I am absolutely, positively, never never never alone. :) #somuchloveinmylife #family #beingthere #alwaysthere

Even though I was on this section of the #WMFT alone, and even sometimes felt that way.. I always come back to knowing I am absolutely, positively, never never never alone. :) #somuchloveinmylife #family #beingthere #alwaysthere

Sometimes slowing down... taking time for yourself... really is our access to the clarity and peace that comes with really connecting to life and all it's gifts... how ALL of it... every last thing... is for us. I got that here. And man, am I grateful. #lovelife

Sometimes slowing down… taking time for yourself… really is our access to the clarity and peace that comes with really connecting to life and all it’s gifts… how ALL of it… every last thing… is for us. And how, no matter how we feel at any given moment.. we are always always safe and loved. I got that here. And man, am I grateful. #lovelife #lovemyfamily #lovemyself #soundsclichebutalsocompletelytrue


Santorini 2……

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Melanie Curtis is a life coach, writer, speaker, world traveler, art lover, movie-maker, professional skydiver, devoted family member, fierce friend, and Founder and CEO of melaniecurtis.com and Highcomms LLC. Melanie goes huge in all aspects of her life, living her version of “the dream,” and helps other people live theirs too through coaching, education, transformative conversations, and no-nonsense accountability.

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