Morning prayer… Pecan coffee… Wide open blue skies, sunshine, a tiny breeze to remind me I’m outside… It’s a tad bit humid, but all the oxygen of near sea-level! Lol!This is #DreamLife level.It’s also the last day of vacation…. 10 days of new experiences, family & friends, so much good food & drink my body is ready to detox! Lol! But every moment was worth the effort.What effort went into this glorious time? Well, it started a few years ago….
I got on a literal handful of anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic (real classification, but really to help the first two) meds
I found an amazing psychiatric nurse practitioner who managed my meds (I’m done to 1/2 of one of them!), did traditional talk therapy, used her dietician/nutritionist certifications and overall helped my mind, body, and soul come back to life
I did the work. Finding a medical/psychiatric professional is only the start. You have to do the actual hard (very hard) work yourself.
I learned to set boundaries in relationships, professionally, and for self-care.
I started Coffee As You Are, a passion/dream that’s been germinating in my heart for decades!
I quit my corporate job and am doing the work to pay the bills & be joyful without a full time income – it’s like life in full color, surround sound now!
I traveled to people who were gracious hosts & didn’t expect me to be anything less that just me – no judgment or expectation of who they thought I should be. People I had no anxiety about spending so much time with – and getting fairly confident I wouldn’t need to get a hotel room just for break (and I’ve had no inkling of desire to do so!)
My hosts (family & friends) were respectful that I’m working part time & didn’t expect me to over extend my travel budget (that was all on me & all the cute souvenirs I found! Lol!).I’m headed home this evening with a heart & soul overflowing with love & gratitude for a vacation being all & more than I hoped. And I hoped a lot because I’ve never taken a vacation this long AND haven’t vacationed in over a decade!