Practicing Self Care & Why My FIERCE 40th Birthday Vacation Was Necessary

I just got back from the most amazing Mexican vacation. My family (a group of 20) and I traveled to Mexico for 7 days to celebrate my 40th birthday. The vacation was everything I’d hoped it would be and more. As someone who works (A LOT), my birthday vacation was one that I was anticipating and very glad I took. Though I work hard, I am a firm believer that we must also take breaks in order to refuel, refocus, and re-energize ourselves. All work and no play can lead to burn out and in order to perform at our absolute best we must ensure that we are practicing self-care. While I've taken short vacations in the past (trips to Florida, Lake George, & staycations) this was the first real vacation away I've taken in 4 years. It was way overdue and very much needed. To be able to spend quality time with some of the people I love and respect most meant everything to me. Often times we focus on the routine of our everyday lives that we forget what it feels like to really connect with those who love us most. I am so glad that we were able to spend quality time together away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives.

While this wasn't my first time in Mexico, it was my first time staying at The Royalton Riviera Maya Cancun Resort & Spa. This place is in a word, amazing! The Royalton was the most perfect resort to celebrate this milestone as everything was impeccable. From the rooms to the food to the service to the activities, everything was top notch. While my husband and I did stay in the Presidential suite (which was absolutely beautiful), there were others in my party who stayed in junior suites whose rooms (though not as big) were as equally b