Hello my HiP friends,
While on vacation I was reminded of some important yet simple life lessons that I sometimes forget.
Like me, you too may tend to forget these things.
I thought I’d share a few of them with you to help start your week off on the right foot. I’ve also linked each heading to outside resources if you want to read more about it. This is just to get the creative juices flowing to help us tackle another week on the horizon.
When you find yourself in a bad situation try to find a positive.
Twisting my foot the first day of vacation, being in pain all night and limping around the mall all the next day was not quite what I had in mind when we planned our Carmel getaway.
Instead of hiking and picnicking on the beach, I was now having visions of walking around with a walker or cane the entire trip. Ugh!
I started letting pessimistic thoughts get the best of me.
I was feeling really down and thinking things like “I’ve ruined our vacation.” and “This is not going to be a fun trip now.”
What do you do when pessimistic thoughts creep into your head?
What you need to do is immediately shut them down! Don’t even entertain them.
And I needed to do this too.
So I started telling myself things like, “Even if I do need a walker it will still be a lovely getaway with the family.” and “If I have to sit in the room the entire trip at least it’s beautiful and has an ocean-view.”
After all was said and done, I didn’t need a cane or walker and I realized that worrying about what might happen didn’t make things any better.
What did make things better was blocking out the negative thoughts.
It’s like they say, 80% of the things we worry about never happen. So why worry?!
You shouldn’t worry about things out of your control but instead when something bad happens…
Look for a bright side!
Do you ever wait too long to do something then after you do it think, “Man I wish I had done that sooner!”
I do this way too often.
When I twisted my foot I thought about calling the resort manager but I didn’t want to be overly dramatic.
I thought it would just be a bit sore for a few hours.
Boy was I wrong.
My foot throbbed the entire night and in the morning I couldn’t even walk on it. At all!
Now I’m thinking “Is it broken?”
I called the manager.
After an injury report, a good ice pack treatment and a few Advil from the gift shop, my foot felt perfect again.
It was 100% better.
I normally don’t buy Advil, but man those little things are miracle workers!
Now I was wishing I had taken the Advil before I went to bed. Maybe I would have gotten some sleep.
You can bet that I now have a travel tube stashed in my purse “just in case”.
I was reminded not to procrastinate, especially when it comes to injuries and health.
Do you have a hard time justifying buying convenience type items?
I do! Remember, I’m Mrs. Bargain Shopper.
The resort provided so many little luxuries that I was quickly reminded that there’s a reason people buy them.
Take for example the makeup towelettes.
Even though I had my face wash with me, on the nights I was tempted to just jump into bed after an exhausting day of sight seeing, it was so nice to grab a towelette and wipe my face down quickly.
I got to go to bed without feeling guilty.
I believe in being thrifty but splurging on little luxuries from time to time can be a good thing.
Do you find yourself thinking about going on vacation often?
I like to have something on my calendar to look forward to, but after 3 days I was beginning to miss my every day routine.
Does absence make the heart grow fonder? You bet it does!
As much as I enjoy getting away, there’s nothing like coming home.
When I got home it felt really good to be there, no more cabin fever.
Even if you can’t get away for days, try to find things to do that are outside of your normal routine.
It’s a good mental break!
Don’t think that just because you’re on vacation you have to spend an arm and a leg.
I got really excited to find out that we could order a “s’mores kit for 4 people” from the resort restaurant. Perfect! I got on the phone located conveniently next to the fire pit (my kind of camping!) and placed my order.
Well, it turns out that the kit was just what it promised, 4 roasting sticks, 8 generic marshmallows, 8 generic graham crackers and 8 small generic chocolate pieces.
I don’t know why I had assumed it would come with big delicious Hershey’s bars in it (which to be honest is the only part of s’mores that I really even like) and soft fluffy marshmallows.
Nope. We were a bit disappointed in what we got. Even the kids looked at it and said we should have bought our own.
For the same (or less) amount of money we could have had all the s’mores our little hearts desired and they would have tasted better.
We decided that next time will be BYOS! (bring your own s’mores)
You can always save money even while traveling. It just takes a little bit of planning.
This also goes for the every day things.
For instance, if you take the time to pack a lunch in the evening, you’ll be able to grab it as you rush out the door in the morning.
You get the idea! Planning can save moolahhh!!!
Don’t be too shy.
It’s OK to interact with people you don’t know and it may even benefit you.
If you’re anything like me, you may shy away from talking to strangers when you’re out and about.
After dinner on the last evening of our trip, the kids wanted to sit in front of the fire in the lounge and listen to the pianist who was playing.
The fireplace was surrounded by couches, but two of the largest ones had one person each sitting on them.
I had to get out of my comfort zone and ask if we could share the couches.
Of course they quickly invited us over! (I don’t know why I get so shy about these kind of things.)
I ended up having a great conversation with an elderly gentleman and his wife.
He grew up in Palm Springs and gave me some wonderful tips for our next vacay there!
Step out of your comfort zone and you will be pleasantly surprised by what can happen.
While I did miss being home after a few days away, I was also sad to leave Carmel.
It seemed like we had just gotten there. There was so much more I wanted to do!
When you are in the midst of something, you may take it for granted.
So you should try to make the most out of each passing moment because they pass quickly.
Make them count!
Look for ways to appreciate each passing day more.
It doesn’t have to be a hard thing, keep it simple.
Stopping to smell the roses is definitely good for the soul!
I hope these little vacation reminders help you have an amazing week!
If you have any easy reminders that you think may be helpful, please share them below in a comment.
Every idea shared enriches us all.
Happy Monday! Stay HiP!