I can't believe this house! It blends right in with the landscape and uses the same colors in the interior. I could retire in a place like this...
Burning Man is famous for hosting Decompression parties after the event -- they're meant to help ease folks back into their jobs and the daily grind. I think our family is experiencing REcompression... easing out of the ridiculous pace we impose on ourselves in the city and learning to slow down and exist just for the sake of it.
I place a tremendous value in taking time to remove yourself entirely from work and turn off your brain from commitments. Take a walk. Cook a meal. Read a book. Relaxation and inspirational opportunities will appear everywhere. Then go back to your job in a week or two and you'll have a renewed sense of purpose, of passion. Too many leaders miss out on the benefits of time off because they think grinding is a greater sign of strength. I know that - just like with running - I need to take time off in consistent intervals to stay creative and generally a pleasant person to be around :)
Speaking of pleasant, I woke up and drove to Donner Lake before Jon woke up. I planned to run 13 but I was sorely ill prepared for Tahoe air, heat, and elevation gains!
Things I should have done:
I ended up running about 8 miles at a decent pace. Most of the way was paved but I chose to run a lot of it on the shoulder and let me tell you how nice it was to have sandy dirt covered in soft pine needles under my feet instead of SF's bumpy pavement! It was the equivalent of running on little pillows full of gel -- ahhhh!
Everywhere I turned there was a breathtaking view. Donner Lake is much smaller than Lake Tahoe and MUCH less frequented so it was refreshing being able to just park and run without dealing with traffic or crowds.
One of my FAVORITE things about being in the mountains is the smell of cooking in the morning. You smell coffee or bacon and hear pots and pans clinking in the campsites or rental homes. You get the sense that everyone is in their pajama pants flipping pancakes or reading the news, enjoying a cup of coffee and looking forward to the day's vacation plans. It also happened to make me really hungry!
I got home and all the males were in the "hot" tub (set on a cool temp). Jon said he wanted to tag out for a bit. We do this sometimes. If one of us says "I need to tag out" it means I need to be away from our children right now, and the other person says okay and takes completely over. And we do it without criticism or hesitation. It's a privilege we don't abuse but keeps us both sane!
I made the boys some lunch and watched them devour half and then leave the rest untouched. Pretty much the standard eating pattern right now!
Then I sat outside to read my book by the fire pit. There is no other kind of tranquility like the kind I feel when I'm here. We are so blessed to be able to drive to these mountains in such a short amount of time.
The Dude snuck up beside me and tapped on my shoulder and then handed me an envelope that said "Happy Birthday" on it. So sweet. Jon had run out to surprise me with a gift card to get a manicure and pedicure while we're here :) My birthday isn't for another couple of weeks but I'll take any chance to get pampered! It was a really sweet gesture. Jon is very good to me.
We wrapped up the night with Jon taking over the grill (wearing the new shirt I got him which has grills ON IT! I couldn't resist.).
And finally I felt like a true queen when I was able to take a dip in this beautiful, massive bath tub with jets. This is the kind of thing I NEVER do at home because with one bathroom, taking a 30 minute bath seems like something only a nut would do.
What is your idea of the perfect relaxing setting?
Are you a bath person? Tell me your best bubble bath brand.