In a week where Australia was nearly overtaken by a potato I thought we needed a lighter post this weekend. Enjoy!
I’ve just happily committed to an upcoming weekend trip to the beach with friends and it has got me thinking.
Already, I am excited. I am longing for the salty sea air, the sand in between my toes, and the feeling of freedom that I associate to completely with the coast.
I’m thinking about what audiobook I should download for the trip, or if I should find a new Podcast series that will last the trip (any suggestions, comment below!). I’m wondering if we will play board games, or watch movies at night, and if we will go exploring over rocks or if it will be more of a lounge on the sand type of trip.
So… what’s my point?
Well… quite simply, if I can get this excited at the idea of an experience, doesn’t this mean I can create this excitement by playing with my environment at home, for those times when I need to unwind, relax and let go of stress but can’t quite fit in a round trip to the coast?
Here are the things that I associate with beach trips:
- Long idle conversations that carry on lazily over a few days
- Chilled out music playing in an otherwise quiet, sleepy home
- That oh-so-comfy feeling of snuggling into a blanket after you’ve been outside all morning
- Reading quietly alongside others doing their own thing, whether it be reading, playing games, chatting, and not feeling harried or imposed upon
- Eating delicious food in groups and having meals that stretch out
- Not feeling time pressure. At all. Like, none.
The list goes on and on.
But whilst all of those experiences are heightened by the location, they are not isolated to it.
- I can chat to my husband and friends at home
- I can play music and burn candles and create a warm environment at home
- I can snuggle at home! I think you get the point.
So given my excitement that has emerged from setting a date for relaxation (in essence) I am challenging myself to setting another date for relaxation in my home environment.
I am bringing the beach home, minus the sand.