Mission accomplished: 7 weeks away from home!!
Now let's talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly… and I’d like to start with the ugly and the bad first.
This post is a follow-up from the one I wrote in July about “The Truth Behind Takin 7 Weeks Off” you can read more about that post here
There wasn’t really much ugly honestly, if there was any ugly, or let's call it discomfort, was having to switch beds and homes almost every week.
The other discomfort was not finding enough time for myself.
Out of the 7 weeks we only had 1 week where my daughter and I got to be living on our own without having to share the home with family.
That got tiring but I learned that for next year I need to have a better plan beforehand, knowing where I’m going to stay, with whom and make sure to carve out plenty of time for myself.
I had planned to work 4 mornings per week for about 2-3 hours while my daughter was attending camp. The reality: she only went to camp about 9 days in the whole time we were away.
How could I do this differently?
I wasn’t going to force her to go to camp in a foreign country on her own and wake her up to make the schedule. Now that I know how the schedule unfolded, for next year I will see how I can incorporate more work into my morning routine or maybe do some work in the morning and leave my morning practices (journaling, meditating, exercising) for another time of the day.
It was wonderful to actually spend time with my immediate family as well as my extended family.
I got to connect with cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles in different ways.
I got to observe how we all “be”, how we all behave.
I took the good qualities and got inspired by positive actions and I let go of the bad qualities and behaviors that I might be carrying too.
It was great to be able to give my daughter the gift of spending time in nature, in our family farmhouse (over 11 generations) where she got to run around barefoot, reconnect with nature, with cousins, with her ancestry, and fall in love with the magic of this land as much as I have.
I also got to see what it’s truly like to be away for 7 weeks and how I could create a lifestyle out of this by tweaking some things so that it becomes easier and easier the more I practice it.
The bottom line is that it was an overall wonderful trip full of:
connection with loved ones,
understanding more of who I am and what I want
getting inspired to take new learnings back into my day to day life.
Please reply and share with me. I’d love to hear about your summer, what were the positive things and what learnings you got out of it.
Have a fabulous day!
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