Work Hard. Play Hard. Rest Hard.

When you’re on a mission to build your business, it doesn’t matter if you’re on vacation – you’re always on the clock. I took a mini road trip down to San Diego for a ‘work play staycation’ with my friend Drinie, who is a major boss babe, yoga instructor, influencer and coach.

Monday afternoon we headed down to the Marriott Marquis San Diego to experience the newly renovated conference space and attend their grand re-opening celebration. 

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina SANDT

We spent hours in traffic, but I loved catching up on what we were learning and creating for our businesses – particularly, coaching. 

When we arrived in San Diego, the sun was just starting to set and a group of us were taken on a catamaran around the marina right in front of the hotel. It was the perfect way to decompress after our travels. I can only imagine, if I were coming from farther, how much more of a treat it would be to unwind upon arriving for a conference or holiday at the Marriott in San Diego. The 280,000 square feet of brand new conference space would be perfect to host a blogger conference or coaching summit. #goals


As evening rolled in, we enjoyed a poolside taco dinner hosted by the Marina Kitchen and tequila tasting with live salsa music.

After dinner, we finally got to our rooms – which had a joint office between our rooms, the perfect space for us to collaborate and work on our websites and video edit late into the night.

I woke up early the next day to attend the yoga class provided by the hotel and lead by Hella Neumann, who is a beautiful soul doing amazing work in yoga right now. It was a treat to take her class because the hotel also offers complimentary yoga channel with her leading you through yoga in your room, so we got a feel for her class before doing it in person. 

The view from our 'office' that connected our two rooms was out of this world!

The view from our ‘office’ that connected our two rooms was out of this world!

We finished just in time for our 10:30AM massage appointments in the hotel spa, The Hideaway. I’m always surprised how clear I can get about my business, my blog and even what I’m here to create on this planet – when I’m getting a massage. It was a reminder that back-breaking work isn’t always the most productive way to grow your business and it’s only when we’re still that we can listen to what’s calling us.

Hanging poolside at the Marriott Marquis San Diego with my friend Drinie (@DrinieAguilar).

Hanging poolside at the Marriott Marquis San Diego with my friend Drinie (@DrinieAguilar).

I was so filled with gratitude, for this time to relax while also creating for my blog. I can’t wait to stay again at the Marriott Marquis San Diego, it’s the perfect place to work hard, play hard and rest hard. 

For some people, being “always on” sounds restless – for me, it’s a practice of blissipline – or the discipline of doing what you love, no matter what it takes. For example, if you want to have a blog about healthy living because you love it, you have to develop the discipline of creating content for your blog even when it’s inconvenient or you don’t feel like doing it.

If you don’t know how to take photos, instead of seeing the obstacles in your way – learn how to and commit to getting better with practice.

So this summer, instead of taking a trip to escape your life – I challenge you to travel with intention and practice blissipline. Can you come up with ideas that excite you to create and share your life insight (and blessings) with people on and offline?