Sorry I have been MIA for a few weeks. I was out of town all last week and playing catch up this week. Last week we started the week in Savannah, where I had a conference. On Wednesday we headed to my favorite place in Georgia, Jekyll Island. The Island is owned by the state and preserved as a state park so development is limited and natural beauty abounds. We also stayed at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, which was built in the 1800’s as the millionaire’s club and became the first location of the Federal Reserve. Staying there is kind of bucket list experience. We got a deal and as someone who is focusing more on experiences than material things; we decided to go for it. We were not disappointed.
I was puzzled by something and mentioned it to my husband when we got home and felt every bit of “vacation fun” in our run and energy level. Why is it so hard to “fit in” or rather “stick with” the healthy habits that seem to be so effortless at home where we also have all the stress and pressure of jobs, family obligations, house obligations, etc. In theory vacation is full of time. Shouldn’t that mean I can meditate longer, exercise, more, seek out the best and healthiest food options?
Well I can clearly answer this for me with a resounding, maybe. What I mean is yes the time is there, but the motivation that seems to come so naturally at home in my “real” life is lacking in my vacation self. We ate poorly. I had not been drinking alcohol except very infrequently but I definitely enjoyed some wine and craft beer, in moderation. I am proud to say I did meditate everyday, but if I am being perfectly honest I would say, meditation light. I did shorter sessions and I often was not as fully there as I would like to be. As for exercise, this one hubby and I usually get right. This time a busy conference at the start ate up my time and a hubby’s foot injury at Jekyll put an end to long runs along the beach and bike rides. Oh, and in an effort to cut meditation time down even my daily yoga practice bit the dust.
So, what did all of this tell me? A few things actually. First thing, habits and routine are clearly an important part of my healthy lifestyle. It is okay to fall off the wagon as long as you don’t lose sight of it completely. Beware, catching it again after a lazy week of poor habits is going to hurt. Meditation and the practice of being present and letting go did let me move past the things we hoped to do that became impossible when hubby got injured and appreciate where we were and the opportunity to be lazy together. In the past I would have focused on the lost plans and failed to appreciate and honor the present with gratitude and an open heart.