Between today and July 1st, I have 50 events, over a dozen photo shoots, and two world tours. That doesn’t include the two personal photo shoots, daily team meetings and countless events, productions, and launches being added to my calendar every day.
But then, in July, I’m going to take time off. For the first time in 20 years, I’m going to go to my cabin on Dog Island, Canada, and take the summer off.
I’m doing this, because the idea of taking the summer off is what excites me the most these days. It started as a daydream, creeping up on my morning walks and quiet moments at airport terminals. I dreamt of hot coffee and jumping into the water and afternoons reading books on the patio. And then, recently, my daydreams turned into my plan.
After 20 years of working nonstop, I am, for the first time ever, taking the summer off.
I was dreaming about a summer on Dog Island when I stumbled upon this quote from our dear Virgil Abloh:
As with all good ideas, of course Virgil had it too.
We want to be boring. To spend more time with our kids. To feel, better.
It’s been a hell of a few years. It’s okay, to want less activity, less uncertainty, and less action.
The best part of this plan is that for the first time in my life, I have zero shame about taking time off. I don’t feel anxious or conflicted. I know, I really know, that I’ve done enough now. I can definitely take a break. And by taking a break, I’ll be better in September. I’ll be dying to get back to work. I’ll have new ideas and inspiration. I’ll feel gratitude for my team, my clients, and my life in LA.
There’s a part of me that wonders if I shouldn’t have started prioritizing my rest, sooner. Probably? It’s hard as a freelancer. Nobody tells us how many days we can take off. Nobody tells us to rest. There’s always another job, and a staff to pay for. Taking time off feels harder than just working through exhaustion.
And the reality is, I wouldn’t be even close to where I am now, if I hadn’t worked so hard for all those years.
But now, today, I’m ready for my reward. A summer on Dog island.
People like to say that our dreams say a lot about who we are, but I’d also include our daydreams in that.
What do you dream about when you’re walking to work, or laying in bed late at night. What visions or feelings are you seeing?
I see jumping into the water. Swimming all day. Taking naps in the hammock. Making dinner with my mum. The island, over and over again.
So keep track of what your daydreams are. Write them down. Keep them alive, because they’re what will keep you going when work gets tough.
Then one day, you’ll wake up. And you’ll realize that finally, these daydreams aren’t just dreams. They’re a reality.
So keep dreaming.