Hello from the lake!
As you’ve likely noticed, this little ‘ol blog had become quieter the past little while.
My time and energy simply took top priority to other things. We all have our stories, so I know you get this.
I promised myself that once I reached a certain achievement, I’d start to be a little more selfish with my time.
Meaning… I’d take better care of myself.
This Crisis Mode post is kinda Part 1. Welcome to Part 2 – figuring it all out.
Anyway, I am now there. However, my fuel tank hit empty at the same time.
So first up, I needed a getaway.
Of course, I investigated my default Maui to see how soon I could plant my feet in that sand. The dates conflicted with an upcoming work related event, so I tucked that one away for another day and searched a little more local.
The key being, not too much adventure… I wanted to rest. But just enough to fuel the senses.
12 minutes from my home, I found the perfect lake front cabin getaway, reserved it on the spot, and 2 days later I was planted in front of beautiful Cultus Lake, amongst a forest like setting, inside one of the most quaint white shiplapped cabins ever. It is perfect. And of course, I will share this special place and more on all this once I’m back.
I also told myself to not worry about blogging. I was going to just hang tough until I got my bearings, then got back home again before I posted. However, the lake pulled me in, having me question so many things, giving me the time to think. I know many of you enjoy deeper posts. And boy, this girl is there!
So here’s what’s going on…
It’s a big, loaded question, because it means everything from where to live, what to do, and where to travel.
I’m sure every single new empty nester goes through this. Thing is, I’ve been empty nesting for the past couple of years (which ultimately came with challenges), however, it hasn’t felt like it. I’ve been playing a huge advocate role which required every square inch of me. One day I will share some musings on the empty nesting perspective, as some of you have asked me to. That story is still evolving.
Anyway, I am now in a place where I can truly give some time and thought to me. Hi there me, it’s been awhile…
Over time, I ventured on plenty of trips and of course, nightly bike ride adventures through my fav forest surroundings. They all played a part in helping me stay sane during tougher times. And thank goodness, helped to instil some healthy habits that I actually love!
However it’s now time to do these things because they bring me joy vs. just running away from hard stuff.
Anyway, I broke down ‘what’s next’… and this is what I came up with.
Where to live
On my dream list forever has been to live water front in some way. Would it be a beach or a lake or perhaps even a river? Local or tropical?
Visiting a local dream cabin in front of a lake has been enlightening. From what I can see in such a short time, the lake certainly has mesmerized me. The ever moving motion hipotises you to sit, stare and think more, rather than just do do do.
I loved it!
However I wasn’t long term ready to stop and stare by a long shot. I was craving a workshop, much like I do when in Hawaii as well.
It made me dream, wouldn’t it be amazing for someone out there to create a getaway that came complete with a woodworking workshop and artist / craft studio so one could truly express their best while creating with local found things while resting up? What a vacay selling feature!
I think what this getaway taught me was, I’m not quite ready to make this big decision yet, that I haven’t experienced enough different scenarios. My must-have lists seems to always convert back to where I already live (small town, bike trails, store a short bike ride away, major airport nearby…). Maybe I’m already where I want to be, however just need to add lots of new adventures? Or maybe I need a whole new fresh platform with new memories and challenges.
I just don’t know yet. I think I need to do more of the below to figure it out.
These musings have been going on for some time. You may wish to read this ‘cabin on a lake’ dream post.
Where to travel
Before I can even contemplate what’s next, I need to see what’s out there. Homework travel if you will. How can you select a chocolate out of a box without seeing what’s inside first? You can’t. So I think this girl is going to get a little braver and more creative with travel. Local and far away.
I mean, who knew I had this amazing quaintness just a mere 12 minutes from my home?
There is so much undiscovered area in British Columbia I haven’t even given a chance yet. I’m working up the courage to make that happen.
Do you remember when I took that long drive for that wonderful cabin stay a few years back? It was a big deal and I made a series out of it HERE. It’s a great read.
What to do
Being creative has risen and continues to rise to the top in anything I love. Thing is, there’s so many ways to express this. Through art, photography, DIY, travel, lots.
DIY has greatly slowed down in my life because I just ran out of gas, being depleted of energy needed for other things at the time. I’m looking forward to seeing what transpires and speaks to me as my tank refills again.
I lost interest in my current home because it was feeling ‘done’. Maybe it is. Maybe we’ve all seen enough of it and it’s time for a new platform. Or a secondary one… I don’t know yet.
Isn’t that the beauty of not rushing progress? Just take things on as they come.
Right at this moment, I’m glad my house is NOT falling apart requiring stuff. My soul needs a breather, and some time to try new things. Which I think is really important. If we don’t strike out trying new things, how can we continue to grow?
Some are coaxing me to contact Canadian tourism areas so I can work with them. Something to certainly consider.
Isn’t it interesting how all those three big things tie into each other? They all lead to the same ultimate thing. I kept editing the info because one bled into the other!
I guess, quite simply put, I need to travel in order to know where to live, to see what ultimately inspires me.
Guess I’d better keep those bags packed, huh?
PS. There will not be a link party this coming weekend. I’m going to continue to recharge these batteries. Thank-you for understanding and see you again next weekend!