Last week, I went on vacation.
To others, it may not have been anything to “write home about”. After all, our destination was domestic and nowhere exotic or even exciting, but it was exactly what I needed.
See, it had been nearly 5 years since I’ve gone anywhere for an extended period of time and the purpose of having fun and relaxing.
And, though, it was a whirlwind trip, I did have quite a bit of time to do just that.
We stayed with Hubby’s mom and her husband.
I love spending time with them. I always feel so welcome and the energy is always so… grounded.
My MIL’s husband is – born and raised – French. So, their household has a very “european” feel to it. (It quite reminds me of the energies we experienced when we lived and traveled in Europe.)
Since returning home (and after I’d had an opportunity to recuperate from the actual traveling part), I’ve spent time looking at the time we spent with my in-laws.
What was it that helped to recharge my Spirit?
It wasn’t the house. Though, it was beautiful and “closer to nature”.
Their house is situated on multiple acres, and the deck overlooks a very large pond.
It was surrounded by trees, other greenery, and was the temporary home to a flock Canadian geese. A LARGE flock of Canadian geese.
In the mornings, I would sit, drinking my coffee, enjoying the quiet and watching the pond spring to life for the day.
My goal has become to create a degree of the warmth and peace I felt there here in our own home.
There, they (nearly) always music playing in the background. Usually instrumental and quite often classical.
Check! We often have Sirius playing at our house. Really nothing different than before our trip. Though, we have begun listening to more instrumentals.
Then, during one of our conversations – when I told my MIL how I marveled at the fact that their home was always so warm and inviting, no matter where they were living at the time (because they move… A LOT) – she told me… When you fill your house with things you love, you can go anywhere and make it feel like home. (Though, I am paraphrasing here a bit.)
Again, check! Since moving here, we paired our “things” down quite a bit. We had to, given the limitation of space we have here compared to the past houses in which we’ve lived. The things I chose to keep out of storage (we’ve had to do this in stages) have been those things that I love, that have meaning to myself and my family.
The real “secret” to their “success”, though, is one she shared with us long, long ago.
“The best times in life come with family and friends – enjoying love, conversation, good food and good drinks.”
And that is what I’m consciously seeking to emulate more in my own house and life these days.
It’s the normal, every day things in life, when enjoyed with family and friends, that become magical.