Making a dream vacation into reality!
Life was dishing me a bunch of lemons. I was in the trenches, battling … trying to avoid self-deprecating explosions and stay grounded amongst a haze of (Well this is not the point. The point is that life does not always dish you what you want … but it is each of our jobs to find the silver lining). Sometimes I think it is healthy to take a break from life. While this sounds very escapist, which typically has a negative connotation, I find it very healthy. In yoga we learn to let go of that which does not serve us. Yes letting go is very difficult, and when journeying through the storm sometimes you just need that brief reprieve that the eye offers before continuing your battle through till the end.
My eye of the storm occurred on a morning where I felt 0% motivated to do any work. I thought well I could sit there, twiddle my thumbs, and accomplish nothing because I am just NOT present OR I can take myself on a journey. Thus my thought experiment, turned reality, started.
What if I could travel ANYWHERE in the world with NO monetary limit NO time limit NO limits of any kind? Where would I go? What would I do? What would I eat?
First off the thought of having no boundaries is/was extremely liberating.
Second off I was more excited about planning this pseudo vacation that I had no intention of going on then anything I had executed in the previous three months. Already this experiment proved to be fruitful for my psyche, overall mood, and productivity.
Thinking about all of the places I wanted to visit, from Morocco to Japan to the Maldives. I inspected a picture of the world. Like a bird circling it’s prey, I was hunting for the perfect place to visit.
Recently, I had an itch to get in touch with my ‘roots/heritage’. For the record, I can now confidently state that I am Italian, German, Slovenian with a sprinkling of other European Nations, Native American, Jewish, and Russian (Thank you ancestry.com and my parents whom decided it would be fun to take these DNA tests). Wowzers that’s a lot! I have always felt most in touch with my Italian roots. Perhaps this is because my Mom is the cook of the house and she typically prepares Italian dishes. Or perhaps it’s because my Italian side came to the US more recently than my other parts hence that stuck more. Regardless, I was one of the only Italian Catholics I knew who had visited Italy, but chose NOT to stop in Rome. I always felt a little embarrassed about that, and found myself curious about the Vatican the Pope the food, and the ploy of this city that many fall in love. My religion coupled with my love for food, architecture, and fashion made Italia a no brainer.
I intently studied the map of Italy, carefully mapping out where I would go, all the while flipping between Google and the map to assure I picked the best spots. I probably had 27 tabs open at any given time … too many, but it was exciting! It was fun! It was amazing to imagine being somewhere else, experiencing new things, meeting new people, and connecting to my roots. After 4 hours of planning I had mapped a vacation starting in Rome and ending in Milan covering Naples, Sorrento, Tropea, and Capri. The vacation looked magnificent!
Richard came home that evening, and I enthusiastically shared my dreamy vacation with him. Seeing my excitement he agreed to tack this vacation onto the end of our trip to my bestie’s wedding in NYC. I mean it’s ‘just across the pond’ right? (Literally, the fact that we would be halfway there was my selling point to Richard. Ha! We still are laughing about that today.) This my friends is the power of visualization, dreaming up something soo wild, putting pen to paper, and thinking it so great that you have to actually make it happen! #allthefeels
See you at Sunrise,
P.S. Conduct your own limitless experiment, and let me know where you ventured to in the comments below. Have fun + dream BIG!