It’s Spring Break this week and although we are not on a proper vacation, our daughter has the week off of school. It’s been a week spent with birthday celebrations, movies with friends, play dates, sleepovers at her cousins and grandparent’s house and slew of other activities.
And as I continue to work, I’ve been feeling lured into that Spring Break state of mind…
With Mercury in Retrograde, it’s a time to reminisce, renew and rediscover…
The year was 1998, my friends and I went to Cancun, Mexico. We discovered the beauty of an all inclusive stay, dancing all night, Senor Frogs, bartering at the local market, drinks by the yard, the importance of sunscreen, how long it really takes to get hair braided in beads; there was a tattoo, a belly button piercing and many more adventures. It was tame compared to some other stories I’ve heard of Senior Spring breaks, but it was fun. I can’t believe that was 20 years ago! It wasn’t my first trip out of the country, (german exchange was the year before).
I give my parents a lot of credit, they didn’t really make a big deal about it. Maybe because I was a good kid and they trusted me, I’d been out of the country before, they didn’t seem too concerned, well not to my face anyway.
I remember on our way home at the airport, I got right through customs quickly because I had my passport while most other kids had their birth certificates ( you could do that then), the officer looked at me and said I was a smartest kid there. Oh yeah, World traveler here! So grateful for those adventures and the chance to explore with my friends on my own.
Last week, a friend of mine was talking about moments and discussing how we could make our everyday lives feel more like vacation. And although she’s taking a vacation with her husband this week, our conversation really made me think about ways to get those vacation vibes going at home.
What do we love about vacation?
It’s an escape from our routine, it’s exploring new places, getting room service, drinks by the pool, sunshine, sand, spending time with friends or family, it’s wearing flip flops all day instead of boots, new adventures,experiences and time to relax and chill out.
Life is happening every day, and it’s important to make memories and enjoy it!
What makes a memory?
It’s usually a feeling, a scent, a taste, a mood, that makes the memory stick in your mind…
Is there a certain scent? The smell of the ocean, beach, fresh cut grass, flowers, what scent is associated with your vacation vibe? This will sound cheesy but find that scent, even if it’s a candle or perfume you wear or even your sunscreen.
Is it a certain taste? the margarita’s and fish tacos? the tapas and pasta? Most of the time, even if you have these things at home, it’s never quite the same, but it’s not to say you can’t have just as much fun searching for it…Try out new restaurants near you that feature this cuisine or try perfecting that dish or those flavors at home. If that helps you to get into that vacation state of mind, it’s worth it.
Is it the sunshine or being outside? How many times throughout your day do you go outside? Go for a walk, find a body of water, take a walk through the woods, a city block, the park, the playground etc…Fresh air clears your mind and helps you sleep better too.
Is it the peace and quiet? Do you have the opportunity to get away and have a quiet moment to yourself to read or take a bath, meditate, do yoga? How can you create the moments of peace & quiet in your life? Even if it’s 10 minutes. Set time on your calendar and let the people around you know how important it is to you.
Is it that vacation wardrobe? Break out some bright colors and prints. Get out of the grays, black and beige. It can start with your accessories, brighten up your day with a pop of color or glitz.
Is it the people? Where are your friends? Do they live near by? It’s easy to get caught up in our routines and saying everyone is SO busy, but sometimes it will surprise you how easy it can be to get together. It’s something to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be a big production. Maybe it’s coffee or lunch or a weeknight dinner if the weekends are packed. There’s time, we just have to find it and be open to it.
Your dream vacation is closer than you think
You don’t have to go out a million miles away…
What is your dream vacation? Is it a trip to Italy? How might you create an Italian vacation vibe in your own backyard? Is there a delicious pasta place or a new gelateria near you? Are they featuring an Italian artist at the local gallery?
Go out and explore!
Now, it’s not quite the same as traveling in a plane, across an ocean etc…but it beats a boring Tuesday night when you feel like you just need to get a way.
Do you tend to eat lunch at the same place every day? Take the same route to work, listen to the same music, there’s something to be said for routine but it’s great to break out and try something new for a change.
Grab a friend and go! One of my co-workers has a bucket list of places to go to, see , eat at in our own town. Put a date on the calendar and get out there.
For me the week has been filled with lunch with friends, a tea/ book club date with my colleague, reading a lot , a quiet bath, and watching the movie “Girl’s trip” to celebrate this Spring Break mood. Although it’s been snowing ( that’s Springtime in MI for you) it’s been fun to reminisce and get into that vacation vibe. I’m really looking forward to Spring, (real Spring this time), but I’ll take our fun everyday moments too.
What is your favorite Spring Break trip? I’d love to hear about it!
Cheers to making memories!