For better or worse, I (kelly) live for seizing the moment. Because I’m a firm believer that every day has the potential to be the best one yet, I often have a hard time turning down any opportunity to spend time with family, friends or travel. I have an even harder time if it’s a health-centered or fitness activity (and bonus points if it involves brunch after!)
As a result, summer was jam-packed. I rarely had a chance to unpack my suitcase in between trips and felt like I was running — literally — through the days with few breaks in between. I joined a run group, committed to more cycling, signed up for unlimited pilates and raced my first triathalon. Throw in a few weddings, work travel and weekend visitors — and I was maxed out. I was having so much fun, but as a mostly Type A person, doing all the things…left me feeling overwhelmed and unorganized. I never lost focus, but knew I reached a point where I needed to take a break, re-evaluate my schedule and hit reset. Enter: a four-day solo staycation at the Lake Austin Spa Resort, where I went offline and fully succumbed to quiet time. I read a book while laying in a hammock, watched the sunrise and sunset on the dock, picked fresh figs in the garden and dined in a spa robe. I even hydro-biked and tried stand up paddle boarding — all simple pleasures. The most important thing I learned? The importance of thinking time. Here’s how to hit the proverbial reset button!
Image by Mackenzie Rouse