I almost escaped to the jungle. Again. The home-front is bumpy. Who can blame me for wanting to take a break from the tension?
But that quiet, all knowing voice, told me to stay put.
Can I Retreat at Home
Each time I’ve played on Costa Rican Beaches, I’m struck with the ridiculousness of finding my zen there when I live 20 minutes from the ocean. Yes, my retreats are rejuvenating and connecting, but I don’t need to travel 15 hours to find that.
A friend asked me when I feel the most contented and joyful. I immediately drift into happy thoughts of those yoga retreats. Fresh air. Community. Yoga. Nourishing food. Play. Meditation. Rest. Studies. Limited electronics. No television. Peaceful environment. Music.
The other important point? Balance. I need both solitary time and community. I know that a day packed with adventure can leave me exhausted. Likewise, if I fuel my body well but spend too much time on the computer, I don’t feel great in the evening.
The Intentional Staycation
I listened to the wise voice and committed to an intentional staycation. I approached my staycation with intention. I loosely “planned” these elements throughout the week. I scheduled coffee with girlfriends and a couple of yoga classes. I coordinated with my family to take an art class. I had a loose plan but stayed open to the possibilities. I chopped vegetables, went on a couple of dates with the co-borrower, read books, played guitar, and napped.
What I didn’t expect was the call to putter around the house. I felt a strong pull to create a beautiful and peaceful home space.
Releasing the Weight of Unfinished Projects
Flowers. Donations. Digitize videos. Simplify and minimize boxes of keepsakes. Clean purse. Fresh succulents in the kitchen window. I fell in love with my home again. Amazingly the staycation both energized and rejuvenated me. It was at my disposal. Right. At. Home. My hunch was right — I know my elements of a contented day and balancing them is key. Loosely scheduled, intentional efforts on how to spend my time was quite fulfilling – for my body, mind, and soul.
Unexpected lessons from my staycation:
- Planting and watering a few flowers brings me joy.
- Those unfinished projects I tackled? It wasn’t until I finished them that I realized how much they weighed me down.
- Nothing — even the “work-like and chores type stuff — required a lot of time. (Yes, I have a thing about time.)
- The simple act of cleaning out my purse? Winning.
- This new chapter invites creativity. Music. Mosaics. I must remember to fold these into my days.
- I enjoy being productive. I plugged away on a couple of work tasks, but I went outside by mid-morning. It’s the balance that’s key.
- I love my home again. I have the capacity to create a peaceful and beautiful home, regardless of what’s happening around me.
- Overall, it was the little things. Plain and simple. Time and energy spent with intention and balance.
What about you? What would your staycation retreat look like?
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