I pride myself on being a city girl, but something about the countryside just calls out to my soul. I have been asked what exactly I did during my countryside staycation, and that's what this blog is about.
To be honest, the days were spent in a lot of reflection and planning for the future. I was able to go back to my reasons for doing this,my fundamentals and my foundations. I was able to locate myself and check on her. I was able to write out goals and take tangible steps toward them. I was able to take afternoon naps and wake up to the light playing within the curtains.
I did not go completely off the radar, as I still posted on social media and was still able to do some uni work. Life is all about balance,a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
A lot of people are opting for a staycation, and I totally understand why. It is cheaper, as there is no flying involved, less hassle-free since you don’t have to deal with travel insurance or money exchange. No language barrier and just generally less to worry about. Here are a few things I got up to during my countryside break:
1. Go on a long walk, check out the scenery, wildlife, or farm animals: I have always been a sucker for long walks, the sunset, and sunrise. There’s something about them that just grounds me in the present and makes me realize that life is short and should not be taken for granted.
2. Farmers market: I love the farmers market. Everything is so fresh and locally sourced. I was able to visit the Over Farm market, even though it was small in size, it had the basic amenities needed for my getaway.
3. Light up a fire: I have never built a fire, so this was the very first time trying out my boy scouts' skills. The three most important things you need are some fire starters, fast-burning wood, and low-burning wood. It was a long peaceful night accompanied by marshmallow and turkey wings.
4. Make future Plans: I have always known that writing down your goals increases your chances of accomplishing them because they become less of wishful thinking and more of an action plan. I was able to write down my 10 years plan and put things into places to get them in motion.
5. Relax and catch up with self: This is never overrated. Sometimes we just have to take time out of the business of life and catch up with ourselves. I have been practicing mindfulness throughout this year, and this has helped me remember to always be true to myself. Not allowing the rat race to get to me or the need for constant self-validation from others to be my main concern.
I encourage you today to get out of your comfort zone! Check out your neighboring city. Why don’t you plan a staycation this weekend and drop me a comment on how it went? I leave you with this: “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb.