If you happened to see any of my Instagram stream over the past week, you’ll know I had a heavy week of travel. But I’m not complaining. Although technically, it was “work,” I’d take the time I spent recently in California over any day in the office. This post will give you a little more insight about that.
I’m just back from a week away from home. When I was in therapy, she often told me I should take a vacation by myself. I thought in theory it would be nice but practically speaking, I couldn’t get over the cost and the guilt of a weekend trip devoted just to me.
However… when a brand invites you on a luxurious trip, you get the best of all worlds. Sure, you’re working but you’re also enjoying luxury (at no cost to you) and working at the same time (no guilt! okay, a little bit of guilt).
I have to say that I feel more than fortunate to have spent several days in California meeting interesting people (not just the same old bloggers – even though I love you, same old bloggers) and really taking time for myself. Not only did I get a chance to hike in the mountains (or large hills) in Calistoga and go on a solo drive to Lake Tahoe, I also got to relax with a massage at the Calistoga Ranch and a facial at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.
Sound like a dream come true? I have to admit. It kinda was. But one of my favorite parts was hanging out in the “relaxation room” at the spa with Amelia and Lavette (who were also on the trip). We sat/lounged for probably an hour just being women and talking about parenting and raising kids and just being women. My face was refreshed and my soul was refreshed. My tummy, however, was not refreshed. Apparently erratic driving and altitude doesn’t agree with me but you won’t find me complaining.
I’ve learned that I need to take time for myself and even indulge myself. I’ve even got my credit card ready to scoop up some of the fabulous skincare I was introduced too. Because we’re worth it, right?