Ok so its been a while since I posted a Living to 100 post but the break without that extra pressure has been good for me. I'm discovering more & more about who I am as I get older [maybe I'm wiser?] and I know if I focus on trying to balance all the balls that I juggle, with everything in moderation, that I just can't maintain giving everything equal attention without part of me or my soul suffering. I just don't do balance or moderation very well. Whatever, whoever, screams the loudest, gets my attention & then I end up feeling guilty about all the rest.
So I want to continue with a more relaxed approach this year toward my 'living to 100' posting. I'll still be working on making good choices in all sorts of areas, doing what I'm comfortable with, letting go of self-imposed expectations that I have to do it all [Supermum, not so much] & instead doing what I can, what makes me & my family happy, sticking to the priorities that sit right with us. Living more, cultivating happiness, good stuff, positive stuff. To have healthy mind, body & soul, there is huge scope to work on & make peace with. I don't have to tackle it all at once.
And what better way to work on mind, body & soul than to have an escape to the country! Thats what experience I am sharing & writing about today.
So, an opportunity came up to fill a cancelled spot on an arty/crafty retreat in Port Lincoln on the Adelaide Cup long weekend. I had been to the 'Escape to Create' weekend 2 years ago and had a wonderful time. I was intending to go last year too but ended up giving up my spot because I hadn't been well & because I really couldn't justify the expense knowing we were having to make sacrifices everywhere for our end of year family holiday. It was disappointing but the right decision for our family at the time.
This year, I decided only 24 hours before the retreat started, that I would go!! Even though I am homebody & never comfortable getting out & leaving home, I just decided to be spontaneous & do it anyway! So I managed my flights with frequent flyer points, wrote a big long list of things to do before I left & a list of things to pack. Gotta love lists! I took the kids grocery shopping with me after school that day & had bought food for the long weekend so Jeff had everything on hand. That night I packed my art bag & got my washing done. The next day I packed my clothes & then flew to Port Lincoln just after lunch.
For the next half day, 2 full days + half day, I immersed myself in painting - so good for my soul! You can see some of work in progress in pic here. I hadn't painted on canvas for months & I absolutely loved it! I missed it! I've now finished those canvases & will share them in a post soon. They are already listed in my shop HERE if you want to go and check them out. Some have already sold.
The food was amazing & I am very fussy! Beautifully cooked healthy meals. There was something for me to enjoy at every sitting. And so lovely to have a break from cooking too. I also won the most amazing prize! I had been looking at digital cutting machines for the last few months but couldn't justify the cost. So guess what I won? Yep, a Silouette Portrait with its own gorgeous carry bag! I was almost speechless. So very grateful. An amazing gift & I hope to do some really fun things with it in the near future! Watch this space!
Special big squeezy grateful hugs to sweet Cassandra for providing me with super snuggly bedding for my stay and also to Amanda & Meredith for putting on the most incredible weekend. Seriously THE BEST art/craft retreat going around. NOTHING beats the most welcoming & friendliest country hospitality. You can't help but feel at ease & at home. And my biggest thanks to my Jeff for taking care of the kids all by himself, all weekend, even getting the 4 girls ready for ballet! Without wanting to put any sort of pressure or label on him, he is absolutely the most SuperDAD that I know.
Over the few days away, it was so lovely to meet people that I had been friends with online that I never met in real life before. It was great to see alot of familiar Port Lincoln locals that I met 2 years ago & also great to spend quality time with some of my Adelaide crafty friends too. I stayed up way late chatting & giggling with the girls then having long sleep-ins in the morning. I even took myself for a long nap one afternoon. My body & my mind really needed that uninterupted rest & I was able to completely unwind. Here's some pics of me with lots of lovelies over the weekend.
Aren't I looking happy & relaxed? And even wrinkle free! See it was a very relaxing weekend indeed. Oh no, hang on, thats the instagram filters!
But now I'm back to the daily grind. And thats ok, because I missed Jeff & my babies terribly. Happy to be home. But just every once in a while, a little break is good for everyone & definitely good for me to recharge my batteries. Its definitely something I'd like to do again.
So thats my little escape to the country story. And what beautiful countryside Port Lincoln is! Speaking of escaping to the country, I am totally addicted to the show, 'Escape to the Country'! Does anyone else love it too? I have a whole other post coming on houses & homes & whats on the horizon for our family, but I'll save that for another time. Right now, there's work to be done.
Do you ever take 'mum vacations'? What would be your dream escape?
I feel both guilty & justified in equal amounts. What about you?