To Ho‘omaha is to rest, to rejuvenate and replenish: It is a practice in Nānā i ke kumu, wherein we devote time to the care of our well-being. In English, Ho‘omaha is a sabbatical, and yes, we have a winter in Hawai‘i too!
My company, Say Leadership Coaching was born in the heat of Hawai‘i’s summer, and as I worked on a plan for my new business, I literally had a Christmas in July moment.
After far too many years working like a mad woman during the holidays, and having to schedule my staff to do the same thing, this was the one non-negotiable decision that would be entered onto my Business Plan: Say Leadership Coaching would be closed over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays, and I would never again schedule anyone to work them.
We do a lot of holiday celebrating together, and party with our families. It truly is our vacation time, and we make the most of it! We enjoy Thanksgiving as a Thursday-Sunday 4-day weekend, and Ho‘omaha normally starts in mid December, rockin’ and rollin’ the 4 holiday weeks through to mid January, but this year we’ve stretched it out, beginning all of Thanksgiving week as SLC’s part in Managing with Aloha’s birthday party.
This coming holiday season, Say Leadership Coaching will be closed for our Holiday Ho‘omaha from November 24, 2014 through January 11th: We’ll be back to work on Monday, January 12th, 2015.
The Muse however, may continue to write and blog.
She took enough time off in 2014, and she’s got the energy to spare, though I say ‘may’ to be reasonable about it with my family… they have gotten used to my giving this time to them.
Writing, and writing to learn, is habit-forming in a very good way, and I am willing to give in to it. I also want to continue with the daily affirmations we have just started, and my series on MWA Core 21 will take us through the first week of December.
Thus far, November has been quite the momentum builder in my personal spirit-spilling, and I am happy to nalu it, and go with the flow. I have a few ideas I want to work on while the inspiration for them is fresh. (Some of this may be a lasting sugar rush from the birthday cake too :)
I’ve a bunch of stuff in draft for the blog, so stay tuned! Thank you to those of you who have been sending me notes back on your email subscriptions, I love hearing from you.