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Choose Work-cation or Va-cation wisely. Your health depends on it.

Choose Work-cation or Va-cation wisely. Your health depends on it.

 

Taking vacation is good for your health—really! … A number of studies have shown that taking time away from the job can have physical and psychological health benefits. People who take vacations have lower stress, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve goals.

How many times have you wanted to take a vacation but thought, I just have too much to do?

How many times have you complained how exhausted you are but without doing anything about it?

How many times have you been frustrated by the long hours you are working, but without giving yourself a rest?

Even among those who actually do go on vacation, three in five admitted to doing some work e.g me, I go on work-cations actually as I have such an entrepreneurial spirit and I can’t totally shut down work even if it is for a day but I am making conscious efforts to be in more relaxed fun and new environments while I work hence my traveling so much lately. 

Taking time off is good for your mental and physical health, and you can come back more productive and effective. It’s a win-win.

Here are four science-based reasons you should book your next vacation today:

1. Stress reduction; A study released last year by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations work to reduce stress by removing people from the activities and environments that they associate with stress and anxiety. Similarly, a Canadian study of nearly 900 lawyers found that taking vacations helps alleviate job stress. The effects last beyond the duration of the vacation, too: A small study from the University of Vienna found that after taking time off from work, vacationers had fewer stress-related physical complaints such as headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities, and they still felt better five weeks later.

2. Heart disease prevention; A host of studies have highlighted the cardiovascular health benefits of taking a vacation. In one, men at risk for heart disease who skipped vacations for five consecutive years were 30 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who took at least a week off each year. Even missing one year’s vacation was associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Studies find similar results with women: Women who took a vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop heart disease, have a heart attack, or die of a coronary-related cause than those who took at least two vacations a year. These statistics are not to scare you but to persuade you that time off is important to your health in the long run.

3. Improved productivity; In our perpetual rush to be productive, we often undermine our very ability to consistently perform at peak levels. Getting more done in less time allows us to get ahead and be more productive, but it takes consistent focus to be truly productive. 

Another study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that high-level professionals who were required to take time off were significantly more productive overall than those who spent more time working. When you’re more productive, you’re happier, and when you’re happier, you excel at what you do.

4. Better sleep; Restless nights and disrupted sleep are common complaints- often stemming from the fact that we simply have too much on our minds. When we can’t stop the chatter it affects our sleep, and a lack of sleep leads to less focus, less alertness, impaired memory, an increased likelihood of accidents and a decreased quality of life. Researchers say, that vacations can help interrupt the habits that disrupt sleep, like working late into the night or watching a backlit screen before bed. If you have stress from work and you find your sleep is disrupted because of anxiety or tension, take time off and learn to reset your sleep pattern.

As summer approaches, if you’ve been putting off your vacation, think again. Take some time off so you can sleep better and be more productive, more relaxed, and healthier.

I hope this helps and don’t be scared about the expenses, just make sure you put it in your budget that way you can cut your coat according to your size.

XoXo,

Olar

 

353 comments

    1. Thanks for this information, but what happens when you really need a vacation but dont seem to have the time for it. For example i am working and at the same time doing my masters programm, i really would love a vacation but am not even free to do so.

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  1. Oh my gorgeous.. that’s a lovely and inspiring article.. how I love this girl @olar keep doing you honey. More blessings

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  2. Definitely true, cutting your self a little slack is needed to rejuvenate. A little rest never hurt anybody.

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  3. Great writeup ola slim. I have always wanted to go on another vacation since my last in 2016 but it’s either work or money won’t let me and deep down I know I need this. Will try this year Godwilling. I would also live it if you can post on great travel locations and budgets as well. Thanks you for sharing.

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  4. I love vacations, and with all these benefits am thinking of one right now. Thanks for sharing ola

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  5. Everyone wants a vacation oo but Ehmnnnn, let me sha leave the rest hanging. Educative post by the way and nice pictures as usual.
    P.s- you need to teach me how to edit
    P. ss- I know I’m getting picked to raid your closet even though I’m a size 6
    P. sss- shey you see as I’m personalizing my comments 😂😂

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  6. Really thoughtful to give us thus Tips Olar!!!!! Hope to go on a vacation even if its within Nigeria come summer. Thanks 💥💜💜

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  7. Nice post…
    Taking a vacation would be nice when there is enough money. So for me it is work, work, work till I can afford a sense making vacation that won’t make my bank account weep. So for now, lemme still be enjoying my shoprite and olumo rock vacation.
    Lovely pictures by the way, much love from sinmi to you.

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  8. Nice write up! Lovely pictures😘 I really learnt a lot from the write up. Keep up the good work Nd keep inspiring people out there. Love you Olar❤️️

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  9. Well, the semester just ended for me. After all the late night reading and all, I even planned not to read text messages….lol. A vacation will be great!

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  10. Your realness is amazing.
    If at d end of practising al ds I wld end up glowy and happy like u seem in ds pics,den here i come

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  11. I have to work to an extent before thinking of a budgeted vacation…all vacation requires expenses…very soon 😍😍😍😍😍

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  12. Even before this post, I’ve always wondered how you manage to juggle this blog, business and traveling. I really admire your entrepreneurial spirit and I hope I’m able to tap into this kind of energy too Olar. Well done!

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  13. This is so true,excess work without break tends to make the person lose interest and motivation at some point. So it’s good to take a step back relax the body mind and soul, that way you can come up with new ideas or ways of improving your productivity at work. Taking a vacation doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive, the major keys are taking your mind off work, sleeping or resting and just focusing on the beautiful of life at the moment.

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  14. Your vacation pictures are amazing. I wish i could but more vacations but i have neither time nor money to spare….

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  15. You are so pretty😍 I’d definitely work towards going on a vacation when I have plenty money,lol…And yeah!I’d totally love to raid your closet cos I think we are same size and damn,ur dress sense is on a 100! IG fam here @winnie.eze

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  16. I couldn’t agree more with this post! A good vacation is like cleansing to the soul. Motivation mood activated for my next vacation. Thank you Olar!

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  17. New insights.😁
    Have always loved to travel, no funds. Never even travelled out of the country before 😒.

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  18. This is indeed a beautiful post
    I work on my budget so I can plan a vacation before December
    Thanks

    Lovely vaca pics by the way

    From @_bosslady007

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  19. Thanks for this post. Very nice!!… Like you said in the article, It depends on what one is doing.. If its a 9-5 type of job, then a vacation is most suitable. But for business people, entrepreneurs etc., a work-cation is best. This is because you mostly run the show of your hustle.

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  20. Nice write up! Lovely pictures😘 I really learnt a lot from the write up. Keep up the good work Nd keep inspiring people out there. Love you Olar❤️

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  21. You are totally right. I should go on a vacation next month,need to ease the stress. Plus I wish to raid your closest

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  22. ola ds just inspired me nd gave me more ginger to go on a vacation cause i’ve bn thinking of doing so bt i wld like to slay like ds wen i go too,yes i’m a fashion designer but i admire yr fashion sense nd wld love to raid yr closet😁

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  23. I’ve been working tirelessly for over 3 weeks now with little sleep 😩😩, thank you for this post . I have to go on a vacation real soon and ofcourse “cutting my coat according to my size” .

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  24. I love the fact that u actually take out time for yourself and encourage others to do so. One cannot avoid stress but it’s is also important to pamper ourselves. All work and no play they say makes one dull…Thumbs up Olar👍❤️

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  25. Hi dear..biko pick me to raid ur colsset
    I’d be d most happiest person on
    I want slay like you pls
    This will mean a lot to me. I beg u with everything pericous to you pls
    Just give me this opportunity

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  26. A good write up olar,same thing I was telling my mum dis morning dat she needs enough rest,she works everyday,even on Sundays wen she’s supposed to rest,she still find things to do at d house cause she has no house help working for her anymore,and I don’t stay with her too cause of my job and distance,i came visiting yday,and her bp was so high because she has not been resting… Mehn some vacation would do for dat woman,with some good sleep… thanks for dis write up,i will show her so she can see how much d body needs some good rest for herself.. 😍😘😘😘😘

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  27. I totally agree! I totally love the memories, relaxation and peace I feel when I take a break and go on vacations. Its amazing. Doesn’t necessarily mean a vacay to the “obodos” tho😅😅 as I never blow yet but you can just take a vacay to resort centres in your country, city, etc.

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  28. Even before this post, I’ve always wondered how you’re able to juggle handling this blog, business and travelling and at the same time, look so well put together. I really admire your entrepreneurial spirit and I hope I get to tap into this kind of energy too Olar… Well done!

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  29. I’m commenting on your blog post 💃💃💃welldone i love your hustling spirit, it’s an inspiration.

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  30. Good afternoon.Happy sunday. My name is Tosin. A graduate of the Redeemers university. Studied theatre arts majoredin playwriting. Currentw serving at NTA/ETV. Love yourpagew and your dress sense. If I was to choose,I would choose work cation because asides from me been busy, there’s defw going to be side attractions to ease the stress. I cpuldt definitely juggle two things at the same time. Would be so happy when I win this. Thank you so much.

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    1. vacation really looks good on you olar, my fashionista of life…please give me the opportunity to raid your closet…less i 4get educative post👌

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  31. I totally agree with you Olar, I personally know I neeeeeed a vacation (I’m a Nurse and working two jobs, so you can imagine, lol) but then, work and bank account balance won’t let me be great, lol. I’m planning on taking a whole weekend off though, I’m sure there are nice places in Lagos I can explore without my account going red. Thank you for this post, it’s good to be remembered that we deserve some self-pampering too.
    And yes, when am I coming to raid your closet????lol
    Much love for you babe ❤

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  32. Would love to raid your closet too oh olar , it would be the best gift for my birthday photo shoot. Clothes I have been crushing on.

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  33. So true olar… vacation is bae and very vert necessary for one…..I hope I win this mega prize of raiding your closet…Choi @kulchi_official

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  34. Beautiful article, well done! Yes, regular vacations are very necessary for our mental, emotional and physical health. You also have very stunning pictures too. I hope to go on a proper vacation with you some day… Lol

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  35. Preach sis 👏🏾
    I totally agree, everyone needs a vacation. I heard about this really nice and affordable place in Benin republic and I’m absolutely planning a vacay there.

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  36. Work-cation please!! That’s what I have been trying to be all about… in fact it has been School-work-cation 😩

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  37. @kulchi_official I hope I win this mega give away…..and I totally agree with you vacation is bae💋❤

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  38. Since the very first day I started following you I know you’re a free spirit lady,you are my role model and I admire your person. Thanks for this little word it really motivate me on how to relax and cool off my brain. Thanks very much my number one fan for this word👍💯God Bless you 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏and continue to strengthen you in all ramifications.

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  39. Thank you Olar for this wonderful piece…i read it to my mom and she loved it ….now she wants to go for a vacation ..lol

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  40. Beautiful…. 💜💜💜💜 from me 💏.. And I hope I get to invade your wardrobe soonest 😂

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  41. Thank you really for this piece @olarslim. Added to my knowledge and I personally appreciate. Your positive, entrepreneurial spirit inspires me too. I love your fashion sense. I recently started an online business (hair shop) @beatyhairworld. The stress and tense has been something but reading this will definitely help me. God bless you @olarslim.
    With love from @official_beatricegeorge😘

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  42. I pray I get chosen because 1000 have already dropped their comments @Olar I asked you let me raid your wardrobe the other day via IG… I think it’s my time to shine, chai I can’t imagine me coming to raid that wardrobe full of live.

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  43. vacation is fine but what about people that can’t afford it and will go hungry if they go for vacations

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  44. Really educating !, ‘cut ur coat according to your size’ know your budget, very important point !

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  45. Mindset for this year….it is important to take vacations at least once a year,because our body is like a machine..As machines need maintenance or they break down

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  46. Trust me,most vacation goes along side with a BAEcation,and if possible “a VACATION,BAEcation and a little of WORKcation”

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  47. This just helped me feel better. I’m a damn workaholic and I dnt agree that I need rest. Regardless of my slight headache after a long traffic getting home at night. I will practice this and see how its finna work for me. Thanks Olar. You the best.

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  48. OMG 😱 I can’t believe my dream of rading your closet is about to come to reality. 💃💃💃…Ghana-must-go on it’s way 😁

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  49. Well…. Honestly I wish you could talk to my mom personally 😂😂😂…. that’s if she will take to advice. I know of a lawyer that goes on vacation, something yearly with his family. What’s the point of working hard and not having good health. Thank you for this piece I’ll talk to her 😉😉. 😗

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  50. Olarslim oooo. I must win this giveaway cos I have never won anything online and because I love your outfits

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  51. Better sleep… Not had in a while… When you have to be at work at 7am that’s difficult especially in Lagos.. Arrgh!!! thinking of Monday gives me chills… A lot of us are working in places we hate so we don’t have to starve… You send money home and you can’t even afford to buy something nice for yourself at the end of the month … Who wouldn’t love to travel to someone nice like Dubai….a trip you can only imagine in your thoughts… I love doing business cuz you don’t have wait for a Salary.. You inspire me… Would love to play dress up with those gorgeous clothes of yours… Not had nice clothes in a while. Have a blessed day

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  52. Thanks for this, A vacay is indeed a stress reliever. Your last sentence is very realistic 💜💜💜. I hope i can afford a vacation soonest. Lovely experience

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  53. This is great! Guess I’ll have to start saving up for a vacation, school stress sucks!
    Thanks Olarslim for the tips

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  54. We have too much money to take a vacation so we’ll do it in our house this summer 😂😂😂 I cannot come and go and kill myself fr. Amazing write up olar ❤️

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  55. Very right,even as a student, one needs to take a break sometimes(I don’t cos I’m think I maybe wasting time)I will definitely try this

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  56. Well,this post is actually what many people need.My mom is an example of such people.Thanks for this.I hope it goes a long in people’s lives.

    And I would really love to raid your wardrobe tho. When u just have the potential to slay but no clothes and money to do that, that’s my situation. Lol.

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  57. VACATION AS A STRESS RELIEVER

    Depending on our kind of job, vacation would help alleviate stress. A school teacher who teaches for hours trying to get juvenile students to focus would go through alot of stress to archive that. Vacation is an escape from several discomfort of which stress is at its zenith. Taking a vacay off your place of work relieves you of the discomfort that surrounds it. This post has helped me and others understand the nitigrities of taking a vacation.

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  58. i commented bfor bt will keep commenting till wednesday,save a sister d cost of shopping,i need ds😊

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  59. Nice post, some really want to go on that much needed vacation but their jobs don’t let them, can’t begin to count the number of people that have been denied their annual leave by their employers. On the other hand there are some who want the vacation, have the leave but can’t afford to travel…..

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  60. Now I am enlightened about how to work-cation and vacation at same time… 👍 👍 👍
    Future plan tho😉

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  61. In as much as vacation is necessary, some of Us are not privileged to get one.
    Firstly based on the financial constraints..for someone that doesn’t have a job or a graduate that just finish school having a vacation is way above our means, that is not to rule out it’s importance causing judging from childhood those who were oppurtuned to travel within the country had a better understanding of the culture and practises of that place than those who didn’t have the opportunity not to compare those who travelled out
    You could say take a vacation within the country everything still boils down to money cause the time you thinking of how much you’d spend on transportation and accommodation.you’d have to re-evaluate your options..
    But after all is said i still think if you have the means to its a welcomed idea and if you don’t, you work towards reaching there…Remember “All WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES YOU A DULL PERSON”😋😋

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  62. The pertinence of taking time off work cannot be overemphasized but when one looks at the backlog of bills and bills, you just cannot but keep working on your toes. Someone like me will really like to take vacation to Dubai but I fall in the category of the analogy I stated earlier. May God help us

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  63. Your analysis is very intresting and educative , i hope to have a good vacation someday when i can afford one. You have a great body shape and a great fashion sense, how i wish i will be the lucky winner, will be so greatful.. cause i see myself having the same fashion sense as yours.

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  64. Honestly I are indeed minister for Beauty and happiness💃🙆🏽‍♀️….God bless u plenty and may all ur heart desires be granted unto u…cos honestly I get so amazed on how u reply each comment on ur post….HUMILITY IM DISPLAY….ILE SE YIN ONI JONA IN tobi’s Voice

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  65. This post makes taking a vacation seem like the solution to all our problems especially with those lovely pictures of urs! The part I love most is where u said to budget and therefore cut one’s coat according to their size. This means everyone can have a vacation if they plan. Nice one Sis!👍

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  66. Your post is great. It’ll help people a lot who don’t understand the importance of vacation. 😅my mum inclusive, gave it to her to read. Thanks 😘

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  67. I’ve been having restless nights maybe I should consider moving my vacation closer. December seems so far away.

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  68. Happy happy Sunday gurrrlll 😍😍😍
    Yes vacationing can be such a easy way to get off steam. And your outfits are exceptional, I legit come to your page when I have dates looking for how I can pair my clothes. LOL You need to start up a styling firm and teach me some tips, I’m bad with pairing up outfits 😩. I want to be like you when I grow up for real cause I always had issues dressing up being a slim girl and getting Bodyshamed of how my legs look too tiny In jeans but you pull it off amazingly etc. anyways love u, 💜@ewa.fr

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  69. Wish I can go for vacations, when I make the money vacation will be my hobby. I love you closet so much wow, fashionista I want to be like you

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  70. I definitely need a vacation!
    Stress could really affect mentally. It affects sleep too. Practically given me insomnia! This write up is 💯
    PS olar you are the slim girl with the sickest dress sense! I’ve admired that for a longtime 😀

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  71. I love vacations but my account balance be looking at me like 😒..lol
    Nice write up tho,we’ll get there 😊

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  72. @olarslim , this is educating and inspiring…. I have always procrastinate. Ive got the desire to go on vacation but can’t seems to have the time and right budget. Vacation it is after reading this …I feel so motivated . I so much needed to be reminded of the benefits of travelling.

    Xoxo

    Cheers!!!

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  73. Ms ola , pls how do I reset my sleep pattern? n how about those that their bank account can only take to their backyard? Nice job you r doing here.

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  74. Hi Olar, totally agree with this post. Although if I had read this two weeks again I would have *sniffed* and continued scrolling but that has changed. *LOL* I hope I don’t bore you with this. At my work place I am a contract staff, that means NO LEAVE!! I have to wake up by 4am every morning to get to home 8pm, Mon – Fri. Last week a training was done at my work place a doctor came to educate everyone on Stress and Hypertension, well It was interesting to be informed that Blacks are more prone to “Hypertension” which led to alot of arguments at the training, some people saying the comment was “Racist” while others said otherwise. To cut the story short, we all took our blood pressure at the end of the meeting, and the Doctor told me personally that my stress level was high and I need to rest more. Am within the age bracket of 20-25 and this “Guy” is saying this. Ever since I made up my mind to sleep more, rest more during the weekends and adjust my way around work environment, then this post says take a VACATION. *LOL* am not earning much but I will put this into consideration. Between I would love to raid your closest 🙂 I hope I win 😘

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  75. Wow! This is actually awesome, and I hope to works for students too because even if they give short or long breaks, they still expect us to “work” (I have a resumé to submit next week in school) so I hope I could one of these days have a REAL vacation!

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  76. That better sleep is the main deal… never thought it compulsory to comment before but for the giveaway I’m here oo 😭😭

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  77. I was gonna read the whole article but decided to stare at ur pictures instead,u looked completely fabulous in all those dresses🔥🔥please let me raid ur closet🙈🙈

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  78. Wow! I never knew of those facts. For those of us that can’t afford a luxury vacation to all those nice places, we can all just go ahead and vacation to our various villages😂 atleast use the opportunity to do some farming and as well recieve the benefits of vacation. 😂😂😂😂 me i would try that this year ooo. Btw Olar i love youuuuuuuuuu

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  79. OMG🤗🤗Thanks alot for this great information…. people really need to come and read dis actually!… ummm I think I really need to go on more vacations then😎👌🤓…. Find a way to blend it in with ma academics coz I’m a student atm… Sooo I guess dis piece will go a longggg wawyyyy Olar😙
    . Waiting for more tips on various issues

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  80. Culturally we are being push to devalue sleep and to only celebrate the grind
    We glorify been overbooked and underestimate the power of stillness.Balance is key
    Let’s block out some days just to be still,clock out early just to rest.
    Our superpower is understanding we are only at our best when we regroup,recharge and rest.

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  81. I have never gone on a vacation in my life before..i will love to some day when i can afford it…..Keep soaring high Olar…you are loved😍😍😍

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  82. Indeed u displayed humility at its peak by replying every comment on each of ur post….tanx 4 d write up dere….it’s informative

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  83. This is so apt! I look forward to spending my leave usefully this year by visiting one of the African countries. Xoxo

    *i hope I win too.

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  84. Vacation is indeed a necesssity for both an enterprenuer and a working class person..I’m not working yet,actually not done with school,but would love to,probably when am working and can save up for it..
    P.s From what i’ve understood,saving up for a vacation requires starting with a spending plan,sacrifice by working tediously for fun later(vacation),eating out less i must say to save enough etc.
    Also all your pictures Olar looks so amazing,been liking them since and wondering how i can be like that…❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  85. I’ve learnt alot from your post, especially from the last line. I’ve been planning to for a while now, this is probably the push I needed. Thanks😘😘

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  86. It did help but nah,I’m passing on every vacation right now except it’s all expense paid 🤗🤗

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  87. Nice piece. Wish my husband could read it though. Work and rest makes lige more interesting. Kudos

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  88. Yes I agree with you.. I believe we all should have a vacation for ourselves so as to take good care of our mental, physical,emotional and psychological state of mind….Your really beautiful . As a fashion Entrepreneur like you I always look forward to your post..

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  89. I want to raid oooooo,I badly need a makeover to surprise my husband to enhance more loooovvvveeeee.Switching to Mrs Shakira from miss laid back.Fingers crossed.

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  90. This is very inspiring, for someone like me that’s still a student…alittle break will help me live longer, you have been an inspiration irrespective of my field of concentration, working hard and making it fun is one thing you possess that every lady out here should long for and learn… it’s never easy but if you scaled through, I think I can too. Thank you for being you Aunty Olar😍 let’s raid some of your wardrobe looks with love.

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  91. Funny how you do yours…Vac-work-ation. Like its epic!!! Flexible work. Amongst the team ‘let me postpone…I have a lot to do’….Good thing I follow you and I’m inspired..plus we need to glow more.so yes to Vacation with or without pressing jobs.

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  92. Thanks so much dear for this write up, I actually needed it. Have been postponing my urgent need for a vacation since last year, but after seeing this am definitely gonna get off work for a bit this year. In btw girl you are on fire look at your outfits look at you super cute. I admire you a lot.

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  93. Nice post plus lovely pictures..you really had plenty fun..saw you insta stories..in the show you were rapping

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  94. As much as i want to live the baby girl life, babe still dey hustle. This time next year though, even if na Abuja, i must go ooo😣. Meanwhile, that red vans issa banger oo.

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  95. I love vacations. It’s normal for me since i’m still a student. But i’ll keep to this post as soon as i start working😉 But Olar eh, your outfits😩 So gorg…❤️❤️

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  96. I really need to go on a vacation. Been postponing it for a while now. I hope I don’t break down. Thanks for the post. Will strive to take some time off to cool off.

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  97. Nice article. I would love to go for a vacation too, but my account balance is saying something else 😭

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  98. This is a beautiful write up. Thanks for the tips ma lady. Love your fashion sense, you are too much. Keep it up mademoiselle, and may the good Lord continue to bless the work of your hands.

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  99. Stunning pictures babe I like the image you potray. You’re doing it all for yourself and that’s really admirable and yes we all need a break from work and school and hopefully soon I’ll be able to afford it but for now I’ll be doing it in my own little way. Lol

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  100. I would love to go on a workacation, but I am a start up and getting my laundry business off the ground is a priority to me at the moment, but I fancy going to Dubai next year for just two weeks, the reduces stress and productivity part, I am definitely looking forward to.

    And am also looking forward to raiding your closet, you have the most amazing outfits, and I bet they will fit be perfectly.

    I walked away from a horrible relationship last year, and I have added some weight, I went from 44kg to 55kg, I’m super pumped about it but now my clothes don’t fit anymore and I had to make a decision to either invest money in my business or buy new clothes, I chose investing in my business but now I need clothes. I hope you pick me though, nice blog.

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  101. I am saving mine already,am still in school tho,but I have been craving for a vacation for ages ,I can’t travel out of the country right now,but I intend visiting obudu cattle ranch by December 💃 by God’s grace🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
    I view your post every now and then….you inspire me a lot (thank you),whethe i win this giveaway or not, am just happy I can connect to you thru this Because I have always been scared to write you on ig
    I love your pictures
    I love you ma’am❤️

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  102. I’m trying to like, but can’t find a button, so I’m going to type me like lol

    Laura liked this 😂😂😂😂

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  103. I agree! This year I am learning to give myself some ME time! It’s not always easy because personally I’ve always felt like I’m wasting time if i’m not always busy. But, how can I be a blessing to others if I don’t first take care of myself? I am learning to slow down some and enjoy moments. Thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed reading this post.

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  104. Nice write up. Am thinking of a vacation already. Thanks for the advise. I can’t wait to rock your wears to work tho ☺️

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  105. You couldn’t be more correct. I’m always a better version of myself at work each time I take a day or two off work. I don’t get to travel to exotic places but staying indoors, sleeping and eating makes a whole lot of difference.

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  106. I can’t afford to take a vacation but I always take like a day off work to relieve stress. I pray I get to win this so that I can take another one day off not to sleep as always but to raid your closet. Yay!!!.

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  107. No long epistle been following you since ages cos I love your personality but even if I didn’t win mehn #wediehere

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  108. This is so helpful and true. Taking a break in whatever way is so relaxing and helps to keep from feeling overwhelmed. If you don’t, you break down because there’s only a little your body can handle.
    Thank you olarslim for this.

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  109. Thank you for this wonderful Piece. This article just made me have a rethink on how important a vacation is… Another thing which is the problem I maybe having is budget. I’m a student and I work at the same time, I sell jewelries and then knit different kinds of outfit for people and we all know how that stressful is with reading and attending classes…
    I’m definitely gonna set for a low budget vacation and take care of myself I need rest. Even if it’s Nigeria to Cotonou or Ibadan to Lagos. Lol
    Thank you for making me realize how important this is ma’am

    You remain an inspiration to me you’re someone I look up to… I get scared to comment most times because of how engaging your page is and may not see it. I hope you see this
    And I entered for the giveaway . Thank you God bless you… I hope to meet you someday you’re Real life goals.

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  110. Nice write up, Olar, your fashion sense inspire me. I would love to raid your wardrobe tho
    😍

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  111. Thank you olar for caring so much enough to write this article when you could have chosen another and as well, do justice to it. So, you are a writer? I never thought of that but this just added to my list of what olar does that I am proud of. I really need to know what your driving force is, gosh it’s big (wish me luck). Princess.

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  112. Thank you very much for this, I hope q lot of people understand the importance of taking time off, especially entrepreneurs, giving yourself a leave from work can help a great deal to reduce stress. Also those with sedentary lifestyles are at risk of developing diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, or diabetes. Due to a lack of exercise and exposure to natural fresh air and sunlight.

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  113. You are best.I am working so hard so that I can slay like you.please permit me to raid your wardrobe.I love you😍👑

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  114. Shades of G❤️O❤️R❤️G❤️E❤️O❤️U❤️S❤️N❤️E❤️S❤️S!!! 💋💋💋

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  115. I will definitely work towards summer vacation. Thanks Olar for the post…..always looking beautiful

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  116. Wow! I never knew all these. Will definitely put a vacation in my budget and schedule. Thanks Olar

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  117. Olar!!!i came all the way from IG.Nice piece I must say.

    Hope i get lucky…It’ll be an honour to be dressed in your outfits.💞💞💞

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  118. Olarslim, I really admire you because you motivate a lot of ladies. You are true to yourself, no forming and I admire that. God bless you.
    I would be honored to raid your closet. Thank you.

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  119. Hi @olarslim .
    I haven’t taken a vacation in a long while but i’ld take your advice and definitely go on one after my examinations..I surely deserve great food and a long rest after all this uni wahala.😊.
    Great post👍
    P.S: i would really love to be that special person to win the instagram giveaway and the wardrode raid as it would definitely be the bestest birthday gift this year #may26.. (my 20th birthday).
    I love, adore and admire your fashion sense and creativity b❤💜.
    Thanks in advance😉
    X.o.x.o
    Moyinoluwa 💜
    Ig @moeyin_

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    1. wow.. It’s amazing and inspiring how you multi task. From a business woman to a blogger , model, Partly a photographer and now a healthy therapist.. Good thing is they a add up to being a complete woman.. Thank you ma’am for this😘😘

      BTW.. I hoping to be the lucky winner.. 💃💃

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  120. Taking a vacation is great but looking back at my account balance probably won’t be so refreshing after the vacation 😩

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  121. Awesome write up.
    Nigerians do more of the work-ation than the vacation, and forget is a win win game when they go on vacation.

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  122. I really love this, but is it also connected to students like me?
    We trying to balance school & leisure time but then work comes in…we would say “during the hols, I would have enough time for myself” but unfortunately, we want to find ourselves doing something productive cos we wanna make cash before returning back to school.
    I’ve never thought of going for vacations except during Christmas, I used to feel its a waste of time,money e.t.c. I never knew it had better benefits. Thank you very much ola for this wonderful write up. ♥
    P.s:am also a fan😊

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  123. Hi olar,
    Truthfully you have always inspired me with your style, but what fascinates me is that you are super smart and top of your fashion game and I wonder how much work you put in to keep float. Before this blog post I was telling my sister that you go on vacation every now and then, and that you like the UAE but what baffles me is how you still handle the business from there, because I am quite aware you do most of the work yourself. No hype you are always on my daily post on snap and WhatsApp and people close to me feel I’m obsessed with you.Your pictures are a daily dose for me and thanks to this post I’d definitely plan a vacation this year and I’ll start saving now.
    Truth is I have a passport but I have never traveled out of the country before.
    I love you Olawummi don’t ever change because lots of people are looking up to you and keep doing what you love.

    From: tudie ❤️❤️

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  124. Very good read but somehow some starting entrepreneurs like myself have little or no funds for pleasure right now. As a Nigerian one needs to work x2 hard to get a better life for themselves. But plenty rest I am guessing can do the vacay trick and one day we will travel the world too 😁

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  125. This write up actually makes sooooo much sense…It’s really going to help me…anticipating next post

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  126. Awesome. Following you have been amazing just like the person that writes. Most of your IG captions makes my day. Stay Winning

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  127. I got here simply because I would love to raid your closet like sincerely but I think we are very much alike, starting from your complexion, stature, simplicity, being your own boss and oh yes traveling around the world, meeting new people, capturing every moment, it’s just like being on top of the world. I really love vacation it means everything.

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  128. We all want to go to nice places to kick our feet up and relax. Sadly we all can’t afford the vacation we want, but I’m sure we can learn to design one that fits our individual budgets. Thanks for the reminder.
    PS: I’ll be turning 22 soon. Like tomorrow soon and we are the same size! Cheers!

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  129. Kindred spirit. Been working straight since 2014. Never applied for leave.. Just took the allowance.

    P. S. Raiding your wardrobe = saving my life.

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  130. Really insightful post, working in Lagos can drain you mentally, especially when you are on a 9-5. I tend to get vacation ideas from your Instagram post. Nice one

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  131. Ermm, this is the first time I’m reading your post and I must say that I’ve learnt soooo many things here. Thanks for putting this up. I must say, this is a good write up. Note wisdom ma.

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  132. Nice write-up… Your suggestions and pointing out the benefits of vacation was on point…..

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  133. Olarslim my favorite, you have a boss mindset and I admire everything about you. I don’t need a vacation because I haven’t started working 😂. I just need to raid your closet because I’ve never won anything on social media. God bless your hustle Mama Mia ❤️

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  134. Thanks for helping out I really love the way u combine colors take photographs most especially your captions on IG really make sense and your glowing skin I’d really love to raid your closet 😍

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  135. This post is really Educative. I remember when you were very ill and still sorting orders and all, I sent you a message to encourage you to take your health above business, because your health should come first. But me on the other hand, I’ve been thinking of going on a vacation sincerely but my account balance is a barrier to that lol!!! I work my ass out but then, the remuneration is slightly poor (I guess) 🤷🏽‍♀️🤣Business on the other hand, I’m thinking is a risk considering I’m having serious fear of who will buy? How will I get customers to buy my products? How will I gain my grounds and maintain clients with the huge number of competitors in same/ similar business? Am I sure of steady income? What if business isn’t good, where will I get money? But all these fears, I’m gradually trying to get rid of and taking a bold step to leave my current job to focus on business. Please I really need all the help I could get in terms of mentorship, business plan , advice etc. Olar you’re an inspiration and I love you 😘❤️

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  136. For this post, you deserve some accolades. Well we all want to work our ass off cos we feel dats all that matters but outrightly our health and general well-being matters more. Because health is wealth .Thank you for teaching us all the benefits taking a vacation could bring about. More feathers to your cap. Bless you

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  137. Hey Olar.. You are like a real life African Barbie.. You are an inspiration to me..your fashion sense is amazing Thanks for been yourself.. I love the post too.. Ps.. Hope I win the give away..😃😃😃

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  138. Brilliant write-up dear. Its been a while I did that but hopefully I go on vacation pretty soon and I do hope I will enjoy myself. Love you

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  139. Wohwai Olar I wish I can afford vacation also and i would really love to raid your closette,the way you choose your colours is amazing.Your Fashion sense is Great and inspiring❤

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  140. Wohwai Olar you’re detailed I wish I can afford a vacation also and i would really love to raid your closette,the way you choose your colours is amazing.Your Fashion sense is Great and inspiring❤

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  141. This write up is 100% awesome….it’s always good to take time off work sometimes but sadly d pocket dictates that…pls I would love to be a winner,I have never worn anything on IG…pls I would be so happy if I win….I love u xoxo

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  142. Vacation it is, not work-cation o! Looking forward to having my first one outside the country. Been working hard and saving towards it. But u’re such a great dresser and my size so i look forward to raiding your wardrobe really. Thanks and much love!

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  143. Nice write up! I love you so much Olar💖💖 everything about you is unique,from fashion to intelligence to style. Message delivered like never before. You go girl💘 you deserve all the accolades👏👏👏

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  144. Vacations are always a thing to look forward to seeing as it relieves one of stress & other related burdens but in the case where one works a 9-5 where leaves are rarely given, pls suggest tips in which this can be done without one’s work suffering.

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  145. really will love to but according to what you said
    CUT YOUR COAT ACCCORDING TO YOUR SIZE
    PS Will be turning 19 soon
    Just know I love you 💟💟💟💟

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  146. Great write-up… If only more people realize how healthy taking breaks are. You always look awesome btw😍

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  147. Nice write up Mami ❤️… but what of those that are willing to create time from work but no money😢

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  148. Nice post olar and gorgeous pictures too. Always looking forward to ur post(including write ups and pictures) on instagram and I’ve never been disappointed

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  149. This post is just amazing absolutely amazing. I think a lot of people has to read this 😍😍

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  150. Well said👍. I think studentpreneurs like myself need a vacation too to ease off the stress from school and business. Visiting new places and getting to know new things helps to increase the work productivity of an individual. New ideas emanates from vacations.
    Your story of how u started this business inspired me and motivated me to work harder. Keep up the good work Olar, my role model. Wishing you prosperous years ahead

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  151. I really loooove the way you combine colors…. Jezzzz…
    You are a very beautiful lady
    Thanks for the write up,exactly whati did last week, took 3days off work… Even thou I didn’t travel, at least I stated at home doing nothing…that’s enough rest for me… One day I will be able to afford a vacation to my desired country
    Keep it up sis….
    I looooove ur captions too…
    Your closet will be fun to raid sha…. Lol
    Take care dolls

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  152. This is beautiful, This really got to me, I’ve been super busy with strategic thinking, planning and execution lately. This article is the best to come across now. Awesomely my next vacation could be an hangout with you and a visit to your closet.I would just wait to be announced the favored. Thank you Olar.

    Dhoney__

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  153. so true miss olar,you said it all, but you know sometimes life don’t look as it seems, not everyone has that finance just like me lol. You’re just my kind of lady, I love you and wanna be much better…
    Before I forget nice blog😘

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  154. A beautiful reason to take some time off and a wonderful excuse to give my boss. Thanks for the write-up.

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  155. Vacation is some kinda break out from d norm! Kinda fresh air. Going places, meeting people means a whole lot. I think if we should look at it from a salary earners perspective …saving a lot for a vacation issa big deal. I love d concluding part of ur write up…coat according to ones size. Naija system can actually make one run mad! This piece issa eye opener. Thanks boo! Ur biuty, brains, humility, attention to details n color combo i adore. Permit me to say u re a fabric surgeon. Heeeen!!! Kissses!

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  156. I’d like to differ on this one..
    What about those that can’t afford to go on vacation? Can’t a substitute be made?
    I’m a nutrition and dietetics student and I realized when working with things you don’t have or can’t afford,you live within your means. You can’t afford a vacation fine!. Take a 3 days break from work or anything keeping you from resting.. Turn off your phone😀😀,because from there issues of life are birthed.. Cook that delicious meal that you know your pocket can supply.
    You don’t have to break banks in order to enjoy life..
    Nice blog post!!!!

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  157. Nice blog Ola, vacation has always been on my mind. The money for the luxury must be made first you know lool…nice write up by the way

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  158. Great and dope post… I seriously need one, just a start up business, I’ve been working my ass off… 👑😍

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  159. Oh Olar, if only you knew how much you motivate me and make me want to do better for myself each passing day…the way you work hard and make your own money makes me believe that truly as women we can all do better and stand on our own if we put our mind to it and focus with God on our side. Raiding your closet will definitely be a dream come true, but then this is me saying thank you for all that you are and for putting yourself out there for young girls like me to learn from, thanks for being a worthy role model. This is the least you will ever be as you never know a better yesterday cos you are indeed a tree planted by the riverside and you will flourish in all ramifications of your life. Nice blog post. 😘😘

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  160. I work long hours. Get home way past midnight four times a week. Most times i dont sleep well because my mind never stops working. I started breaking out on my fore head earlier this year and it is yet to stop. A skincare expert said it is due to stress. I look forward to my leave in June though. Can I afford a vacation? Unfortunately No! I will simply try to rest in a serene state away from the hustling and bustling of Lagos. Life of a broadcast journalist is hard especially in an unstructured work place. God have mercy I need a more fulfilling job

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  161. From the fashion to the photo and then the location are superb…..and then your write up it was really amazing…. You are an inspiration to all young girls…. Thank you

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  162. This is really educative and informative. I wish to go on vacations too but I just feel it isn’t the right time for me. I’m still a student of University of Ibadan studying Vet.Medicine. So there is hardly enough time to do that. But I will definitely put that in my plans once I leave school and start working. P.S I check your IG page everyday.😄😄

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  163. I really love your the way you combine colors for your outfit it really cute and yes I really hope to go on a vacation soonest keep smiling and keep glowing :love from me sister girl

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  164. So true… The British are the ones who really get it…they work hard all year and shut down to take their vacation and go to a new place to explore (no work,no heavy shopping..maybe pick up a few souvenirs and come back home refreshed

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  165. Thank you for this information. I would love to travel someday.I may be the last here but sometimes the last can be first.I’m your size,I really wish to get picked.I have been following you,I know when you started out little en watched you become a boss lady.you inspire me in so many ways.

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  166. I am a Workaholic but I have always wanted to go for that Vacation. Even if its for Half a day.

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  167. You images are perfect loving the color contrast … blogger in the making … definitely taking notes

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  168. This is a lovely peice, you inspired me a lot I must say, may God Almighty bless you aa you continue His good works, Amen 🙏🙏

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  169. Yes. Vacations are wonderful.. I’m sure most of mine just translate to a lot of sleep in my house..

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  170. I’ve just started uni and the stress from uni has made me think I need a holiday. But a holiday isn’t a holiday when you travel with family and you’re the oldest sibling. So maybe I’ll get a real vacation after uni !

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  171. Hello Olarslim,
    This is really awesome.A great post that we can sink our teeth into and really go to work. And Nice pictures by the way.
    For those that can’t afford a luxury vacation overseas, I think one can go somewhere within the country and still enjoy a good vacation..
    Will sure share this with family and friends..
    Thanks for this awesome post.

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  172. First,this is a very educative write up.Vacation is a thing everyone would love to experience. Who doesn’t love good things? But due to some instances,it’s restrained.For instance,you can’t say to an undergraduate who’s in school who hasn’t even eaten 3 square meal daily to start saving money to go on vacations. Anyways since you already told us recently that we need to make money. It is very essential. When we start to making our money,then this would be very useful to us. Thanks ❤️

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  173. Thanks for the post.. (quite helpful) This shed more light to how you juggle things together & remain positive with a great smile . Oh! Lord it can be overwhelming at times .

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  174. Thanks for this article 😀. I’m definitely sharing this with my aunty who is a banker, and hardly go on vacations. Even when she is on leave, she still finds one way to visit her office to ‘work’. Ever since I’ve known her, I’ve never heard her ask for a vacation. I hope she has a change of mind when she reads this.
    Thanks once again.

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  175. Awesome write up Olar😘…. Vacation for me could also be a change of environment cos I get bored easily of my work doing the same routine nothing adventorus so I totally agree with you…. Nice job……😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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  176. Hi olarslim! I take screenshots of ur post on snap n Instagram cos you inspire me! I really want to be hardworking, and successful like you! You are my role model, lately ve bin wondering why you travel a lot, but then I always want to see your nice vacation pictures, well this post here just made me realize the essence of taking a break from work and all! Xoxo marvis!

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  177. Nice write up sis. However, not everyone can afford vacation but i hope to get there soon… you are my role model in this entrepreneurship race and you’ve never let me down for once with your energy, vibes and strength. I’m not saying this because of shoe I want ooo but you know I always adore you🤣🙈 you deserve some accolade 👊

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  178. Going on a vacay makes me feel like im spending too much. So i take work with me just to ease my conscience and i swear i end up doing no work at all 😅

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  179. OMG..jez wen I was actually planning on telling my mom d importance of vacation cos dt woman never rest n I stumbled on ur page, how God works wonders…. God bless u real good for ds…Olar!!

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  180. Thanks alot olar…I once had such argument with a friend of mine cus he never rest always working thsts y I call him a workaholic and now u just prove me right, thanks u have made me beat my friend hand down.God bless u

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  181. I agree with everything.i just have to work hard so i can visit nice places.You look amazing.Thanks

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  182. Olar babes this post made me realise how much I need a vacation and how broke I am😂😂….btw u look lovely and i
    pray win d giveaway cos in my head I’ve already won😭😊.

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  183. You’re not only Beautiful, but you’ve got Brains. Tbh, I came for the Giveaway. But I was more perplexed when I saw this Amazing write-up ( I’d come to this blog more often) I entered for the first giveaway and I was so broken because I didn’t win.
    I don’t know the Joy that comes from winning anything on the gram, but I Jumped for Joy when you liked my comments on your post. Thanks Aunt Olar 😘

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  184. A vacation is time away from everything- books, work in some cases hubby,wife,children….. It doesn’t have to cost much and trust me when I say there is always time, i used to be that person.You will find a day or 2 to sneak away and recharge. Good Luck

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