I got to spend some time at home a couple of months ago. My parents went on a trip and wanted someone there to watch the dogs. Since I have the freedom to travel, they bought me a ticket and I spent 2 much-needed weeks in my hometown. It was a last minute decision, so I had no plans other than getting some work done, having some alone time, and seeing friends and family.
I am the such a believer in the power of a little down-time. Going home, especially when I am alone, is a time for meditation, self-discovery, and a time to reset. Whenever I spend a good chunk of time on my own, I find that I come out of that time thinking more clearly than ever. This particular trip was especially good for me. There has been so much going on lately and so many changes. I feel like my whole world took a 180 in a matter of weeks. And although all of the changes are great, it can be hard adjusting to so much in a short period of time.
Here is a list of what I learned from being home:
- You are never too old to go back home and pretend you are 10 years old again.
- Rest is good – Never feel guilty for taking time to yourself.
- Reading is fun – Find a good book and read in the morning.
- Dogs really are man’s best friend.
- Spending time alone to think about your life, the people in it, and the blessings you have been given is such an important thing to do.
- Journal… it clears your mind of worries, and you have all of your thoughts on paper if you should forget how you truly feel about something.
- It’s okay to keep a flashlight and something heavy by your beside table to fight off any bad guys, because you still get scared in the dark.
- You are never too old for a sleepover.
- Looking at old scrapbooks, journals and photo albums can bring back some really great memories, and spark an idea for something new and unexpected.
- Family is the glue that holds your life together. Never take them for granted. Always love them unconditionally.