This week I’m bedridden with a cold that's knocked me off my feet. While I’m of little use to anyone else, being sick has given me a free moment to do things I haven’t done this year. I've had time to read, binge watch my home renovation shows and reflect on the year as it comes to an end.
I have read several tweets and posts about how this week between Christmas and New Years is a time to hustle, work and get one step ahead of your peers. I've also seen a number of others rebuking that notion and encouraging rest and family time. Though the hustle may bring more short term financial success, I've found that taking time to be with friends, family and focusing on self-improvement has a greater benefit long-term. Running a business isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. And since I won’t be hustling or hanging with my family under these snotty conditions, here we are. A blog post about taking time for yourself and a mention of one of my favorite places to do just that.
2017 was wearing. On me and my sanity. On my family. On our country. On occasion, I would close my eyes in attempt to dream it all away only to open them again and frantically search for some certainty and good to cling to. I'm hopeful that 2018 will be a bit more gentle, but know that it starts with me being kind to myself. I also (thankfully) had a very full work schedule this year— though I wish I had been more mentally prepared for the waves of projects as they came in. The stress that came with meeting short deadlines and traveling wore on me more than I care to admit. I’ve learned to ask for help, to receive help, to say “no” when it isn’t right and to be realistic with my client's expectations. I have a ways to go, but I’ve certainly made progress.
Its no surprise that running your own business can lead to weeks without proper breaks or weekends. I’ve realized that unless I PHYSICALLY leave my work space/office/town, I will undoubtedly work my weekend away. For 2018, I'm challenging myself to completely and fully disconnect from my job one full weekend every month to enjoy my family, friends and maybe take a quick trip out of the city.
I intend to make my 2018 a year of wonder, creativity and honest moments. I'm aware of how “busyness” can make us feel like we are moving forward when, in fact, it’s just time poorly delegated. I'm over being “busy.” My goal is to keep my days productive, but leave room for fresh ideas and personal growth. This is a whole different post-- but I am working on being more intentional with my time. Making a plan to focus on short-term daily, achievable goals instead of staring at an endless, paralyzing to-do list. I figure that’s a good place to start.
In the spirit of living a healthy and balanced work/personal life, Joel and I decided to leave the laptops behind and head up to Canada for a quiet weekend. Our time away was restorative and fun— exactly what we need.
What follows, if you’re interested, is our weekend itinerary in Victoria:
A ride to Victoria BC on the Victoria Clipper was a must. We hopped on, grabbed a boozy hot chocolate and some playing cards and enjoyed the ride up. It was the perfect way to set the tone for the weekend. <3
Visiting the gardens is spectacular any time of the year. We bundled up, grabbed tea from the café and strolled along the vibrant autumn colors. There’s a lot to be said for spending time outside and simply slowing down — I felt my body finally beginning to relax.
A classic. I love any reason to dress up, drink tea and eat tiny sandwiches. Pro tip: Visiting the Q bar at the Empress for cocktails is a *fantastic* option for those who may be less interested in tea.
We first stayed at the Inn 9 years ago. We keep coming back for so many reasons. There’s something special about having “your place” when visiting other cities, and the Inn at Laurel Point has definitely become that familiar retreat for the Wrights.
This place was a first for me, and I haven’t been able to stop raving about it. Their seasonal menu is loaded with the most delicious, healthy options— full of inspiring flavors and complimented by a gorgeous presentation.
We walked around town— soaking in the fresh air and exploring the charming streets and cozy shops. The weekend was just what we needed and it set the perfect pace for a successful and balanced 2018.
What are some of your favorite weekend getaways? I’d love to hear about them!
Happy New Year, friends!
A special thank you to Clipper Vacations and Tourism Victoria for your great advice, guidance & generosity in the planning of our weekend!