A week ago, I had a staycation, a wonderful week where for the most part I was home alone, undisturbed and happy.
A staycation is to be on holiday at home, visiting local attractions. I did this back in the Summer with husband and we had fun watching videos, movies, we put up a canopy in the garden and read books! Since then I’ve loved using the term, instead of moaning like I often used to hear people do ‘Er, (sigh) I’m just staying a home on my days off, (grunt) no money, bit S**t really’.
I’M OWNING IT! A few days off to do creative stuff with no interruptions and everything I want around me – wahoo!
Sure I would love to jet off and see new sights in Europe, though it would involve a £35 doctors note, money I don’t have and the food related cravings/wants/unpredictabilities that come with pregnancy.
Before my holiday at home I wrote a list, and did some things on it. Fun things – make pancakes, stay in pyjamas (I’m more of a get in pyjamas at 6pm person I’ve learnt.) I didn’t so much follow the list, more like my own flow. The thing that any day off or holiday gives you is:
Actually make that right brained TIMELESS
I did the usual things like swimming (again, finally, a possible cure for pregnancy back pain), grocery shopping, seeing a friend.
I went on 30 minute walks in my area listening to a podcast.
I watched a longer Byron Katie video an interview on Luke Storey podcast.
I made Malas and finally listened to Shanti Shanti Kaurs long translations of Gurbani.
I made time for reading, even 15 minutes a day I felt recharged, I even took my pink blanket to the sofa downstairs and chilled there a while!
I wrote more in my 2019 workbooks, it takes a while, I find I have to have that quiet place zone going on.
I went to a life drawing class and wrote about it here.
I had another pregnancy massage, sometimes I feel so sleepy, it rejuvenated me completely!
I bought things on purpose – Flow and Comely magazine, material, a tea strainer.
I did writings for my memoir, just setting a 30 minute timer to start is so valuable.
I did more painted journal pages in an online course I bought, I actually feel I’m getting my creative mojo back!
I’m doing a writing course online, learning lots, it’s got me back on twitter too.
I watched a few films: Dumplin on Netflix I really enjoyed, Bohemian Rhapsody was fun but wasn’t completely for me and Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict documentary on iTunes was a wonderful incite to her life.
Overall it’s the quiet I like most, how it would feel if I owned a home, though I can see how people get lonely and avoid human contact – it’s super easy! Some days I knew my 3 year old nephew would be back in a day so I made sure to be grateful for the silent writing time and for his playtime.
I still got up early, dressed and did Sadhana like my usual schedule and some days I wondered ‘Where has all the time gone? But didn’t have the anxiety of traveling to work to go with it and no one expected me to fill my days full to the brim of productivity, sometimes I can be my own best or worst boss.
It’s brought forward what’s important, what I value – writing daily, reading time, painting and genuine conversations.
Truly Yours, Taran