Sometimes, we need to hit the pool and get in our laps: head down, arm up, kick, repeat. Other times, we need to just float.

Floating isn’t the same as taking a vacation. It’s between-time. Thinking time. Planning time. Dreaming time. You’re still in the water, maybe watching email and running a few errands. But you’re not swimming. You’re letting the water hold you up.

Close your eyes. Do you feel it? That’s the water.


Water connects us all.

From the waterfall cutting against the rock, we learn patience. From the river rushing at our feet, we learn that life keeps on moving. At the ocean we explore our own depths.

When was the last time you set sail? When was the last time you really swam?


“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.”

― Maya Angelou


Find a Friday that you can finish work early. Then go to a place you like (maybe somewhere with water?) with a notebook and a pen. There, do a brain dump, cleaning every business or career idea you can think of out of your mind. After you’re done, just sit with those ideas for a while. Don’t get up and go to the next thing, don’t look at your phone, don’t watch a movie. Just sit with the ideas and see which ones get you the most excited. Then take one step towards one of them.