A vacation mindset.
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The melancholy set in as we packed to return home from vacation. I was less than excited to go back to the everyday, other than my own bed, which, quite frankly, if I could pack along my bed and my pillows wherever we traversed, I’d entertain thoughts of a vagabond or nomadic lifestyle in a skinny minute.
Anywho … I pondered what was the exact thing about vacation, besides the total avoidance of daily responsibilities, cooking, cleaning or anything that required more than a few brain cells, that brought on the mournful state of leaving? What was the essence of vacation? The mindset of vacation if you will? Because if I could bottle that, pack it in our bags, take it home to don each day along with those yoga pants that make me feel freer than free, then I’d be mighty set. Mighty set indeed.
As we enjoyed our last supper on the eve of departure we chatted briefly about it, tossing around a few thoughts. Was it meeting new and interesting people? Trying unique foods or a exciting activity? Was it simply taking time to sit down and read a book for fun away from all the distracting screens? We could certainly put those into action back at home. Maybe those touch on it. I don’t know. Maybe there’s something more basic right in front of our faces, so plain to see that we’re missing it each day?
The next day, two hours away from home, during a pit stop at Chick Fil-A, my husband announced that we were going to return home, and live for the next year as if we were citizens of another country, experiencing things with eyes anew to the world around. A perpetual state of vacation of sorts. Imagine that for a second. Imagine if we woke up each day with a fresh perspective. We can easily get caught up in our routine, and routes, and melancholy ways that we forget there’s a different road to take to the grocery store, and people at that grocery store to meet and greet, even if just a simple “Howdy do?”
I’m challenging myself to live with that frame of mind, not necessarily a full-blown vacation mind you–someone has to do the laundry–but choose to take a fresh approach to the day, seek out the new and different. I may even stick a paper umbrella in my iced tea just ’cause. And to think the whole time I get to sleep in my own bed.
We compiled a list of a few ideas to help keep that vacation mindset throughout the year.
How to have a vacation mindset all year:
– Try that exotic or new-to-you fruit or vegetable that you’ve been eyeing for a while.
– Talk to someone while checking out at the grocery store.
– Take up knitting.
– Read a book just for fun.
– Learn an instrument.
– Take the long way to the store.
– Get up early and watch the sun rise.
– Get up early and write a poem. A Haiku is short and simple.
– By a big hat and wear it shopping or gardening next time.
– Play some new music. It’s amazing what a little “O Sole Mio” will do for ya.
– Try out a new restaurant and order just dessert.
– Find a place outside to take a nap.
– Throw a frisbee.
– Explore the next town over, buy a postcard, and mail it to a friend.
– Learn a foreign language.
– Take dance classes.
– Watch a new TV show. (OCC is now a favorite I’m afraid.)
– Check out your town’s Visitors Center and find out what the visitor’s are finding out.
– And yes, toss a paper umbrella in your iced tea just ’cause.
Do you have any ideas too? It would be fun to hear them. Do share!
What a FABULOUS idea! I bet it will help to keep the doldrums and blahs far, far away!
When I go on vacation, I always take my camera. Maybe you should try to snap one picture EVERY day… even if it’s something seemingly insignificant. It could be your “360 day vacation observation” 🙂
I absolutely adore this idea! Some of those suggestions are great- something assimple as an umbrella in your drink can definitely make you smile. I of course love the idea of going to a restaurant and just getting dessert!
Love this idea! THANK YOU! I am going to put on my big straw floppy hat right now and go visit my chickens, book in hand!
a fresh perspective. I am all about this. Glad to hear your vacation was amazing 🙂
So, this post made me all teary-eyed. Maybe it’s PMS or maybe I’m just a sap. Either way, I’m loving this idea.
Love this post. Such a wonderful thing to think about. I’m glad vacation gave your family such a great perspective to share!
the freedom to just ‘be’ . . . and to be present . . .
what a great adventure this next year will be!!
Great ideas. I’ve visited our town’s visitor’s center before and learned of so many places I had no clue were around.
I love the idea of treating your town as if you’re a visitor. I live in the Washington, DC area and I really take for granted all the amazing things this city has to offer. Great tips!
Love it Amy!
I’m game! I just put my straw hat on (that I *never* wear) to water my flowers.
A vacation in my backyard.
What a wonderful idea, I think that’s the perfect way to enjoy everyday day to the fullest not just a week or two out of the year.
I too often forget that I live where others come for vacation. That I see a mountain view every day that awes friends who can’t believe because I see it so much that I barely see it anymore. So, I try to remember…to see what is around me and make sure I appreciate things as if seeing them anew.
Except that business about talking to people in the checkout line. That comes pretty naturally to me and I have to tell you…be prepared to have people treat you like a crazed stalker! 🙂
I’m glad you ended up with a great vacation and I think you have several very good ideas. I would suggest putting up a Humingbird feeder as they are fascinating. Buy an orchid as they are gorgeous and many are easy to grow. I think it would be nice to go to a restaurant just for dessert. Great article.
Gorgeous post–summer really is a wonderful season, isn’t it? This has been a staycation summer for me (I’m teaching a summer course), but I’m still enjoying summery things–watermelon, fresh tomatoes that taste like tomatoes, and justification for eating lots of ice cream! Thanks for sharing this.
Go to your local farmer’s market on the weekend. Get there early for the best selection. Chat with the farmers. Ask them how to cook anything you’re unfamiliar with and give it a whirl!
I love this! I get caught in the trap of feeling, well, trapped in my own routine sometimes. The idea of starting every day with a fresh perspective, as if you were on a perpetual vacation, is intriguing!
-Ask to take on a new project at work that you’d normally shy away from.
-Find out about the state forests in your area and hike the trails.
-Host a themed dinner party.
-Write a letter to a friend the old fashioned way: on stationary, sealed in an envelope, and stamped for the snail mail.
-Watch an old movie.
-Take yourself out to lunch at a new restaurant.
This is fun!
Love this Amy! I remember, when Atlanta got snowed in last January, my mom joked with me and asked if I had a squeaky clean house because of being stuck inside so long. Nope! I read a book that had nothing to do with work, etc…from start to finish, without interruption. It was an awesome feeling.
I am so game for this. And, I love Evan’s handwritten note idea – a lost art. I want to do more things out of my comfort zone. Will have to think on this one….thanks!
What a thoughtful post Amy – I think going away on vacation takes us out of our daily routine, which can be so freeing. During the school year, I thrive on being scheduled (otherwise, I think things would be a complete disaster in my household!); however, during the summer, I try to ignore the laundry (doesn’t always work), and make spontaneous meals for my family (including virgin pina coladas that might help everyone pretend they’re somewhere tropical).
What a wonderful idea – even a wonderful way to live! We get a lot of tourists here in San Diego so it’s a constant reminder to me that there’s a lot here to relax and appreciate. It’s nice to just buy a juice smoothie and take a walk through a neighborhood you only know by car – amazing how many more interesting things you see on foot!
Love the way you and your husband think, Amy. I’m game too!!