Written by: Audrey Mischa Kirk
There’s something about being on vacation. The second I walk into the hotel room and the bed is wearing a sharp white fluffy down comforter and is adorned with matching pillow clouds. The hotel rooms bathroom is perfect. The white towels folded beautifully, the display of lotions and hand soaps, even the toilet paper is folded like origami and is sealed with a gold oval sticker. I feel so de-cluttered. My Mind Vacation has officially started.
I love traveling, going away, getting away. Life can be challenging and it moves at lightning speed so you have no choice but to keep up. I woke up one day and without warning turned a sharp corner and suddenly became an adult. I feel like I should know all of the answers to all of life’s questions, but the truth is I don’t, I’m figuring it all out as I go. That can be both exciting and overwhelming. Every once in a while I feel like I need a timeout from “adulting”.
I got the opportunity to fly away for New Years. It made me realize how much I enjoy going out of town for the New Year’s Eve. It is like pushing restart on a computer. I get to refresh everything. Prioritize goals and set intentions. I seem to find more clarity when I am away from it all. Being out of my comfort zone causes me to become more open minded to unique and magical possibilities. When I’m on vacation I feel as though I am the best version of myself. I am so ambitious and eager to learn. It never surprises me that I wake up and watch the sunrise every single time I am away because of my excitement to explore.
I have only been checked into the hotel for an hour and I have already become quite cozy in my new home overlooking the San Fransisco Bay Bridge. I have forgotten about home and all the trouble that go with it. Work and Bills are part of my past life now, I left them behind at the airport when I had a glass of wine… (Okay and a vodka cocktail!).
When I get home from a vacation I always have such mixed feelings. My surprising reaction being that I’m as excited to be home as I was to be in the new hotel. It seems ironic that the place I was excited to leave is the same place I’m excited to come “home sweet home” to. Quickly after the relief of being home kicks in comes a less attractive wave of emotions. You are quickly reminded of reality. Of everything you have to do and need to finish. It’s almost too unbearable as all the thoughts pile and piggy back atop one another.
The strong heavy emotions I felt when I came home from my New Years vacation made me want to have my “home” feel clean crisp and de-cluttered. The same way my hotel room was. I’ve spent these last few weeks doing some serious de cluttering. I even read articles about how clearing clutter increases success because there are less distractions which allows better focus.
I know that the process of purging will not be one that takes place overnight. I’m actually excited to get rid of all the things I no longer use or need. I was able to clear 4 bags of clothes to donate out of my closet, the pantry was full of canned foods and seasonings that would happily live there untouched and unnoticed forever, and the bathroom was a black hole of untouched and soon to be expired toiletries.
This New Year I plan to push reset and get ahead of it all. Insight and Clarity can be found in our own home if we create the space for it. I might even dress my bed in a crisp white down comforter.
Happy New Years.
The Landlocked Mermaid