I was able to get away a couple of weeks ago with my man, Jim. We live in separate cities at the moment, so we decided to meet in Sedona. We had such a wonderful time! Sedona is so magical. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it.
The landscape is indescribable. Even the most skilled of photographers can’t quite capture the beauty, the majesty, the energy that’s there. Everywhere you look, there are massive rock formations around you. You never look at the same thing twice because the shadows and shapes change with the passing of the sun.
We visited five of the seven vortexes. We would have visited all of them, but the weather wasn’t cooperating with us. Oh well…we just have to go back!
We spent a long weekend there and had such a wonderful time that we are going back in two months. Which leads me to why I’m writing this. I know there are so many of you that do not take the time to plan getaways. There’s a million excuses…I don’t have the time, I don’t have the money, I only get limited vacation time, I have no one to watch the kids, I have no one to go with.
Here’s the thing…you can “excuse” your life away. Have you noticed that time seems to be moving faster than ever? That’s because it actually IS. Since 1980, the earth’s heart beat has been speeding up. Google it if you want to find out more. Therefore, we NEED to be spending our time doing more of the things we want to be doing and less time fretting and worrying about things that are not important. One of the best ways to get your head clear and nurture yourself is to make sure to get away on a regular basis. Vacations are wonderful, but even little weekend get-a-ways have a massively positive effect on our spirit and our energy levels. If you struggle to fit it in, here are four ways that may help you.
Get Out Your Calendar and Block Off a Weekend Every 4 to 6 Weeks
The beach, the dessert, the mountains, the lake, the city. Look at the entire year and put those get-a-ways on the calendar FIRST. You can fill in the gaps where you want to go after, but get it on the calendar. That way, when you come across a place you’d like to visit, you can say to yourself “Hey, I’ve wanted to go there, and now I’m going! I’ll pick the last trip of the year for that destination!” How fun, right?
Look for Deals on Accommodations, Travel, Events Ahead of Time
Since you’re planning ahead of time, you’ll be able to scout some really incredible deals on sites like Airbnb, Travelocity, AAA, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Kayak, etc. Your RAS (Reticular Activating System of your brain) will be fired up because you’ve put regular travel on your calendar, so you’ll have a heightened awareness about this and you’ll see deals will just start popping up in front of you! So cool!
Get a Support Group Together
Find and form a group to handle watching the kids and the pets, collecting mail, watching the house, etc. How awesome will it be when you coordinate this group where you all look out for each other when you go away?!? “I’ll watch yours if you watch mine!” A built-in network of FREE services!
Feel ZERO Guilt!
You know what I’m going to say here…at the end of your life, you do not want to look back and say “I wish I traveled more and spent more of my time having fun.” There’s no guilt here. Your kids and your pets need a vacation from you, too. Nurturing yourself sets an example to your children that they, too, should nurture themselves. They’ll grow up to thank you for it when they’re older, I promise. Just go and HAVE FUN!
Living INTENTIONALLY means you get to decide what your life looks like, what it feels like, what you do, where you go, and how you spend your time. You deserve it. Life is supposed to be WAY more FUN than many people make it. Do you ever notice that the people who make the most money seem to be having the most fun? That’s because they put enjoying life at the forefront of everything. They have a healthy, positive attitude and they put their needs first. That’s how the abundance comes to them in all areas of their lives. It’s not the other way around, like so many others think!
The bottom line is this… there will always be work to do…which isn’t a bad thing. We just have to prioritize our happiness and put it at the forefront of our lives. Our emotional happiness, our physical happiness, our spiritual happiness, our mental happiness. Weekend getaways are a great way to stay charged and energized in your life. So, take out your calendar and get moving. The world awaits you!
Quote: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine