So when we decided to stay home for our vacation this year we had fears that what was supposed to be rest and relaxation would turn into an endless stream of unfinished home projects that needed closure! Originally, this stay-cation was scheduled to be only one week. Oh yes, we had micro-adventures of popping our Ikea cherries and going to our free-on-Monday museum, but somehow we never seemed to really relax.
We hung up some photos and prints that had been meaning to go up after our bedroom remodel and I finally finished my painted of Tara, the female Buddha, that I started 3 years ago. (yes, you read that correctly…THREE!)
We did lots of errands and actually went to the beach once. But somehow, we still never felt that ease of relaxation that was supposed to fill us as we took time off from work. Then the following conversation ensued:
Me to my lovely other half: “What do you say we take another week off?! You know, just cancel our lessons (we’re both piano teachers) and extend our stay-cation?”
Kirsten: “We can’t do that. We’re supposed to get paid this week. I’ve already scheduled my lessons.”
Me: “We’ll get paid next week and just tell everyone that we decided to take our second week of vacation now. They’ll all understand.”
Kirsten: “hmmmm….let me see…”
And so it was done. We contacted all of our parents and as I suspected they all understood that we needed more time. Wow, a second week? This is going to be awesome. And indeed it was! And you know the best part about it? We really did relax. We took in a movie and best of all, we allowed ourselves time to do NOTHING! No projects, no errands, just BE in that very Buddhist sense. Honestly, neither one of us are Buddhists but sitting in our breezy Starbucks alcove reading books became very spiritual by the end of the week. Four days in a row (and honestly it could be five now) we went to that same Starbucks, got our goodies and sat and read and just allowed ourselves to BE!