Friday, May 30, 2014

No More Sleeps

This is an old story... and some of you have read it before... but it has a point that's worth repeating. As soon as I post and get dressed, I'll be in the car and off to Ashland. I hope to be over the mountains, across the border, and through Seattle at all the right times and avoid delays and long waits. We'll see. It's not that I'm in a rush. I just want that peaceful drive. I'm heading down the I5, staying overnight in Lake Oswego, having breakfast with Jean - a blog reader - and then driving the rest of the way to Ashland on Saturday. The workshop starts Sunday afternoon so I'll have plenty of time to wander, meander, and look around.





This trip happens to coincide with my birthday and is both a gift to myself and a celebration of self. When I was eighteen, I had an accounts payable position with a unionized company. As part of our contract, we received our birth day off work. Ever since then, I have made it a habit to do something for myself on my birthday. What I do varies but it has never been a trip of this nature. This is an extra special celebration.

Leaving feels very freeing. It's a break from the mess of the stress of the rest of my life that I have really been looking forward to and even with the potential of my husband having emergency back surgery, my family is determined that I should go. And so I'm going. There's no point being a martyr when you're exhausted to the core and in need of refreshing. The troops are organized. They know what they need to do if it needs to be done and I need to trust that my adult children are as capable as I believe them to be and that all will be well.





I am positively vibrating with excitement, looking forward to being completely alone, being completely irresponsible, and to having both a new, a comfortable, and a creative experience.





All these pictures of Ashland were gathered on-line since I - of course - haven't taken my own yet. The one above is of the hotel I'll be staying in and the one below...





... is of one of the rooms. I have a feeling they'll be smaller than the resort we stayed at in Sisters for the past two years but will be wonderfully pampering just the same. I love the light showing in all the pictures. Light is important to me.





There will be more to do in Ashland than there was in Sisters. The picture above and the one below are of Lithia Park in the downtown. It looks like a fabulous place to go for a walk plus there are more stores, galleries, and restaurants to chose from and I imagine coffee shops, perhaps even my typical morning Starbucks. I still intend to journal. It's part of how I breath. The Shakespeare Festival will be on so things may be busier. I'm not really interested in Shakespeare but I do love people watching and to meet new people.





The structure of the workshop will be familiar and I will have met many of the attendees before and yet it feels like I'm taking a step into something new. I feel like I've found my feet - just a bit - in terms of focus and of the work I love to do and that I'm prepared to make the most of the holiday both from a resting and rejuvenating and an inspirational shot in the arm perspective. YES YES

What do you do to practice self-care? Do you think it's important? To me, it's like the airplane speech where they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping someone else. How can we fulfill our roles in life, how can we live our own life fully, without filling our own gas tank, knowing and nurturing ourselves, and taking time to smell the roses - or in my case stroke the fabric. If self-care is not something you're used to practicing, I encourage you to start with something small - perhaps buy a magazine and read it in a coffee shop or go snoop shopping in a high end boutique. Alone. A huge percentage of people have not learned how to be alone but it is in the alone times that we truly learn who we are and become rested.

I'll post about the retreat, my real room, and the trip down next week.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - no more sleeps

14 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful refreshing trip, Myrna. I'm sure you'll come back excited and inspired and I'm looking forward to reading all about it. By the way, the first photo is of Butchart Gardens - it's used all over the web, but it's not in Ashland, unless they have an exact copy of the Japanese Garden.

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    1. Thanks Lorrie. I'm looking forward to living all about it. THANKS for telling me about the photo. So glad you recognized it. I deleted it. I doubt they have an exact copy but it sure was a pretty path. Guess I'll have to come to Victoria to see it.

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  2. Safe travels!! Enjoy! :)

    Oh and yes...I agree. I relish my alone time and was JUST explaining to my husband why that time is important. There are two teens at home plus the home plus we both work full-time. I cannot be "on" constantly. I need to retreat and refresh and then I am a better me.

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    1. Thank you. I will. DEFINITELY, we can't be "on" all the time. I think it's such an important message to share and live.

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  3. Oh, how I love this post. The words, the emotion behind them, and the sheer childlike joy of anticipation are contagious. Yesterday was my birthday, my 67th, and the Universe conspired to give me the most beautiful day of grace. My husband was detained one more night out of town, the construction workers for our new garage had to farm instead, and the dogs were especially restful. By nightfall it was obvious that our male great-horned owl has finally lured a mate to our forest, and the night sounds of the country made for perfect sleep. I wish for you a day of grace for your birthday that suits you just perfectly, too, as well as a road trip of blessed solitude leading up to it.

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    1. Belated happy birthday. I'm glad you had such a special day. YES YES. Apparently Diane has planned a get together with the class members and previous students for the night of my birthday. Coincidental but it sounds like fun to me.

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  4. I'd like to say I do all the usual girly things to rejuvenate, such as long soaks in a bubble bath, playing with pretty baubles, or even setting aside a block of time to sew for myself. But the thing that brings me back to myself more than any other is digging a great big hole with a mattock and shovel. Planting something in the hole is optional.

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    1. I've done a lot of renovations and sledge hammers and chainsaws work their magic quite well. I totally understand how you feel about digging holes.

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  5. I love the Ashland Springs Hotel, and there are a couple of cute fabric stores across the street. What a great birthday gift to yourself, and how loving of your family to insist you enjoy it. Have a fabulous time!

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    1. Nice to know about the fabric stores. Thanks. I have an afternoon and morning to wander so that'll be perfect.

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  6. Hi Myrna,we chatted a few times in Puyallup and now you are coming to my hometown -- Ashland! YEAH! Just loving in Ashland is a de-stresser for me and I hope you fine peace here. If you want to have coffee or a chat, give me a call. Elaine 541-482-8332

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    1. Loved coffee this morning. Thanks so much for meeting with me and the tour. Hopefully we can get together again soon.

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  7. Enjoy the retreat. Me time is essential for survival. My me time is Saturday mornings when everybody else is sleep. It is my time to sew, think, listen to music, whatever my soul needs to get restored.

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    1. I'm really enjoying myself already. Thanks. LOVE your Saturday mornings. So good.

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