A Week in Review
I’ve been in San Francisco for the past week hoping to submerge into complete relaxation. I don’t know about all you Whos out in Whoville, but I have the hardest time settling into vacation. My brain moves a mile a minute, so the second I sit down to do something mindless, I start composing lists in my head of all the things I need to do and the things that I’m not doing because I’m trying to relax. Oy.
Having not taken a vacation in about two years, the first few days of Sonia-Step-Away-From-The-Computer were tough. Even when I pulled away from my laptop, it was only a matter of seconds before I was glued to my iPhone. But as the days progressed, my “need” to be plugged in lessened. Instead I found myself picking up a book or flipping through an old magazine while enjoying a cup of tea or a glass of wine.
Perhaps this sounds like early retirement. It’s not, though that tea bit definitely put me in the running towards menopause. But in a world, and more particularly, a job, where almost every minute of every day revolves around The Computer, it’s hard to break free from the addictive routine. Much like a carb-free diet, the second you remove something from your life it’s all you can think about. Tortellini. Pizza. Brie on a baguette. The edible equivalent of Shopbop. Refinery29. BBC. Or whatever your internet vices may be.
Now, I haven’t ripped off the bandaid completely. I still greet my computer every morning with a cup of coffee and some Greek yogurt, but being able to break away before lunchtime has been surprisingly liberating, even if it means I’ve missed out on some Stella McCartney sales.
All lessons in relaxation should begin with a bubble bath and a glass of wine
The perfect color orange…
Mid-afternoon soy lattes enjoyed with a book
A skin stripping facial (post soon to follow) that left me with a pharmacy of new products to try
Walks along the beach (aka dog watching) with my mom