Thanks for a beautiful year

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Thanks for a beautiful year

Happy new year, you all!

I hope you had a great break and had enough time and love to recharge, reflect on the past year, and plan a crazy, happy, adventurous 2016.

2015 has certainly been one hell of a year for The Blue House.

So here's to: 

  • Two successful pilots, an heart-warming crowdfunding campaign, a beautiful house, memorable Company Retreats, fantastic Weekends.

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Why we’re organizing a mindfulness retreat even though we don't meditate

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Why we’re organizing a mindfulness retreat even though we don't meditate

In January, we’re organizing a retreat on the benefits of mindfulness for startup people.

If you’d have told us that a few years back, we’d probably have laughed and told you we were no new wave hippies.

We’re still not. To be honest, we don’t meditate, barely do yoga, and still haven’t figured out what “being in the moment” means.

But here’s the truth: even since we started reading, talking and thinking about mindfulness, our lives have gone better.

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Stop feeling guilty

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Stop feeling guilty

Finally, I managed to leave the office, head to the beach and take an hour to chill and read the articles I pocketed throughout the week.

It was a good thing but I was feeling guilty.

I know I have to take time off to reset, I know I need time to clear my mind, and I know damn well I should read more often to get my creative flow going, but I never do any of these things.

Why is it so difficult to take time off? Why do we keep blaming ourself for not working enough? For not being busy enough?

 

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I stopped reading daily and it was one of poorest decision I’ve made

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I stopped reading daily and it was one of poorest decision I’ve made

At some point I let myself slipped into a work-only mindset.

I had to fund, renovate and open the new house of our startup getaway in Morocco — The Blue House — and everything felt like a time-sensitive, urgent, death-or-life situation.

I stopped reading, I stopped listening to the radio, watching movies, skyping my friends and exercising. Anything that wouldn’t bring immediate results was not welcome.

It was one of the poorest decision I’ve made.

Starting to take breaks again just reminded how much better I work when I pace myself and listen to my body’s needs.

Resuming my 7-minute morning workout was like a daily energy recharge. I remember how powerful it was to start the day feeling energetic, to have a body work seamlessly without any back pain or sore knees.

But what really got me back to my creative, productive flow was reading.

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Don’t tell me you don’t have time to take time off

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Don’t tell me you don’t have time to take time off

After years of working too much and seeing people work too much, I’ve decided to take action. I created a startup getaway, The Blue House, on the shores of Morocco, where summer lasts all year.

Everybody agree it’s a great idea. People, especially in our over-worked industry, need to get away from their desk, take a step back, and hit the rest button once in a while.

And yet, my days are made of “Oh I wished I could come, but I can’t leave the office,” “Oh darn, it sounds cool, I have too much on my plate but I’ll keep it mind for later.”

But here’s the thing: if you don’t have time to come, then it’s exactly time to get away.

Our brain works like a computer. When we ask too much from our brain, it heats up and then shuts down.

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