The Joy In Getting Away
This is the Chateau de Gudanes in France. A couple from Australia bought it and are restoring it. I am pleased to say that they are marketing it all wonderfully and have trips on offer that really just sound wonderful. Too pricey for me right now, but maybe some day.
But I'm not here to talk about traveling. Obviously, going somewhere far away and wonderful (like this chateau) is just an amazing indulgence, but getting away doesn't have to be like that. The real joy in going away is about leaving where you are. Like right now I'm in my studio, just finishing my (beloved) morning cup of tea with both dogs napping beside me. I get away from life every morning this way. It's fantastic. It's a piece of quiet in which I indulge regularly. We all need that - a place where we go to get away. When I need to leave the house I can go hiking, check out the local 2nd hand stores (when I moved to the VT/NH Upper Valley I committed to using repurposed and/or 2nd hand furniture whenever possible and I've been wildly successful!), visit the local market and buy fresh-fresh produce or just sit in my back yard. You don't need to spend money to get away, you just need to let go and breathe. A yoga class is getting away, you know? And the joy is in being refreshed and ready to tackle a new day. Boom. How easy is THAT?!