|A well-earned moment of downtime in Cuba. Not pictured: mojito.|
I know, it's odd - while most people travel when they go on hiatus, I did just the opposite.
I took a hiatus from travel.
Truth be told, I didn't stop traveling altogether, I just stopped doing it for others. I traveled for me, and with people who care about me.
I took a hiatus from blogging.
I left my blog alone, and wrote more than I had in years...on real paper, with a pen. There is such an impermanence about writing on paper - all those words can be lost in an instant. That makes every word meaningful. Life is also impermanent - so make every moment meaningful.
I took a hiatus from photography.
No, not really. But I only picked up the camera when I truly wanted to, and took better pictures.
I took a hiatus from "not acting".
I stopped traveling long enough to return to the stage for a full-length production run - the US theatrical premiere of Tim Firth's "Calendar Girls." I re-learned that I feel just as "at home" on the stage as I do anywhere my travels take me. So yeah, I went on hiatus and did the opposite of what Hollywood actors do on hiatus. I acted.
I didn't take a hiatus from social media, but I did it all by phone.
I defaulted to staying connected in ways which I could share easily from my phone - photos on Instagram, and videos on Vine. Oddly enough, using only my phone during my hiatus has led to greater opportunities as a travel photographer, blogger, and writer.
So happily, I head out of hiatus and into 2015 with new projects, contracts, and partnerships - all doing exactly what I'm meant to be doing, and that's everything I love.
So, farewell 2014, farewell hiatus, and welcome to a new year! Wishing everyone peace, joy, and moments of bliss that last an eternity. Make every moment truly meaningful.
That's all the words I can squeeze into the remaining hours of 2014...so, without further adieu, Happy New Year! Cheers!