Happy Monday, ladies. I hope you had a great weekend. I began to strip the ornaments off our new artificial Christmas Tree but didn’t have the heart to take it down. It’s literally standing there with the lights and no ornaments. I love to see the cheery glow as I walk past so I’ve begun joking with my husband about Valentine and Easter ornaments:)
Anywho…here are few things I’m musing about this week:
I work from home so all my days will run together unless I take some sort of break. With cabin fever at an all-time high, Mr. AWSL and I have decided that our Sunday drives are more important than ever before. We’re challenging ourselves to go and see something new each week. This week I asked him to find a place for us to go forest bathing.
We headed north through towns so small you’d miss them if you blinked. Some were so deserted, I wish I’d blinked! Now I know where all the old RV’s and trailers go to die. We ended up at New Bullards Bar Reservoir. The water level is so low you can’t launch a boat so the place was eerily deserted.
It was so quiet it almost makes your ears hurt. I LOVED it! We drove on toward New Bullards Bar Damn and stopped to walk among the trees, which is “forest bathing”. Forest therapy is rooted in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, which refers simply to being in nature, connecting with it through sight, hearing, smell, and touch.
I could almost feel my blood pressure drop. We drove past the New Bullards Bar Dam and along country roads for hours before turning towards home. It’s funny, but after an experience like that, I can sit at my desk and feel I’ve been a very long way from home…which is just what I need before the week starts.
We had a group zoom call with our dearest, dinner party friends last night. I can’t believe we haven’t done it before now. It was so good to see their faces and laugh with them. During the call, Tony’s phone alarm went off. He explained he’s set his alarm to go off twice each day to remind himself to pause and feel grateful. How awesome is that? I now have two alarms on my phone because I’m never sorry when I take the time to feel grateful and a reminder is always welcome.
We sold our little travel trailer last week. We’d had reservations to visit Palm Springs for the month of January but with everything closed down, it didn’t make sense to go. I have such fond memories of trips we’ve taken and the places we’ve stayed. It began to feel like a crazy waste of money to pay to store it and our tow vehicle. I know we will miss it when things open up so we will revisit our options then.
Have you made any changes in your life for 2021?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.