This past weekend, I went to the desert with a friend and left my kids and husband and dog and dishes and schedules and all the things for one day and night. It wasn’t super long but just what I needed to recharge.
Have you done that lately? Self-care felt like one of those things I just started to get a hold of before the pandemic, and then for the last 18 months I’ve been in survival mode. I’m trying to keep my family safe, keep my business going, and foster the relationships that I now know are my most important things. But I never got away and took a break from everything because it just felt so hard to do that.
Having a change of scenery and a change of pace was a great way to show me that everything could exist without me (even if for a short while), and that I could actually try and change some of my usual routines, too. I went to bed early, woke up with no alarm clock, and was surrounded by a ton of nature, wild animals, music, and a friend I treasure.
I think this pandemic has put a lot of us in a state of change and evolution of really not knowing what’s next (whether that be personal or professional). But I’ve also found peace in being ok with not having my future totally mapped out and knowing that whatever’s next will be ok and might just be great. I heard this quote on the Ageless Podcast while driving to the desert this weekend, “I can trust the next chapter because I know the author.” And that feels so right.