Who can forget the 90’s classic “Home Alone” with Macaulay Culkin? (or the 17 sequels that followed…) In the film an overwhelmed set of parents forget their young son but the boy cleverly survives the zany weekend.
Home alone for me was not so zany but just as entertaining and nourishing as I needed it to be. I wanted to share what I did to arrive so at peace and excited to be me on Monday.
1. I put all serious work aside. I have A LOT of work ahead of me this week and I could’ve plotted and planned, packed and cleaned, unpacked and organized, written emails and proposals… but I didn’t. I relaxed mind, body and spirit and guess what? The work is still ahead of me but I am rested and clear enough not to be overwhelmed.
2. I ate. A trip to the farmers market provided a haul of live food that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love feeding my kids but this weekend was about food that pleased me. I experimented. I sat at the table and savored each meal. I also potted some herbs for future use in recipes as well as bath salts.
3. I exercised. I went for loooong adventurous hikes in the new hood. GORGEOUS.
4. I played. I will get more into this in future posts but I jumped and danced and pretended just like I used to do as a kid and it was AWESOME.
5. I meditated and got centered. I prayed and expressed gratitude.
I was not lonely during my time alone. Every day I discover more things about myself that I like, want to change, appreciate, find amusing… This is the great gift of being human.
I highly recommend a staycation alone. When was the last time you enjoyed your own company?