vacation state of mind

by Joanna on February 18, 2013

This weekend Mike and I went to Charlottesville, VA to visit our friends Jess and Peter.  We left Saturday morning for a nice drive, stopping for Bethesda Bagel on our way out of town.

When we arrived, Jess had lunch waiting for us.  We sat down to a hearty lunch of chorizo, spinach, and cannellini bean stew with french bread.  What a nice welcome.

{Afton Mountain Vineyards, the mountains, the fresh air, amazing!}

Right after lunch we headed out for some wine tasting at two of Peter and Jess’ favorite wineries in the area: Pollak Vineyards and Afton Mountain Vineyards. Luckily Peter and Jess are veteran wine-tasters and brought snacks for the car ride in between–I was feeling the wine after the first round and started housing Chex-mix. I don’t know what it is, when I drink a lot I can. not. stop. eating.

We went back to their house for some down time before heading out to dinner.  We had dinner on the Downtown Mall before going to see Michael Jackson tribute band, Who’s Bad.  It was such a fun night–so different than anything we usually do.

On Sunday morning we relaxed before heading to brunch.  And when I say relax, I mean I really relaxed. I laid in bed reading Gone Girl all morning.  It was so amazing.

My state of mind was so different than a usual Sunday morning.  I was completely relaxed, the only thing on my agenda was to read my book. I didn’t have any of that gotta-do-this, should-do-that anxiety that usually plagues me on weekends. Nope, just lay here and read.  I think it’s because we were on vacation.  Vacation mindset is so different than normal life mindset.  Just relax, hang around, no expectations or pressure to produce anything, to do anything other than enjoy yourself.

Now that I’ve had a taste of this vacation mindset, I’m inspired to incorporate this mindset into my normal life. It’s certainly going to be a challenge.  Just this morning I woke up feeling like I should be doing x, y, or z even though it’s President’s Day and I’m off today.  I’ll have to continue to remind myself that I will get things done and that relaxing, when done fully, is so worth it, so enjoyable.

Am I the only one that has this problem?  




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1 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy February 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I have this problem too. I’m off today also, and I told myself, “Okay, you have one hour to clean as much as you can, and then you’re going to relax.” I went over that time by about 15 minutes, but now I’m lounging on the couch :). If I don’t set goals, I won’t let myself relax!


2 Joanna February 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I love this approach! I think we often tend to go the opposite way “I’ll just relax for an hour and then do something” and that is just miserable because the whole time you’re relaxing you’re wishing you had more time. I think the ready, set, go method to see how much you can get done within a given time period is a good one. Productive but contained and then peace to relax.


3 chelsea gwynne February 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

You’re totally not alone! I call it “that Sunday night feeling” – like I should relax, but my mind says GO GO GO! Thanks for sharing your experience with it – and the proof that a good book will really do the trick (I’ve seen so many people walking around with book! May have to read it now! )


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