Hi Loves! Happy Tuesday!
Can you believe we are already half-way through the summer? Living in the mid-atlantic area, we have the opportunity to really appreciate all four seasons, and while each season always offers up something special, sometimes I just wish we could press the pause button, ya know? These last couple months have been so wonderful, but I seek comfort in knowing there’s heaps of memories left to be made!
I spent the weekend before last in Charleston, SC on a lil’ girls weekend getaway, with my three college besties. Charleston is my absolute FAV city here in the US. I guarantee that everyone who has visited this progressive southern charm of a city would agree it’s pretty fab- the killer restaurants, endless store fronts, alluring beaches, and of course the sublime ambiance that blankets the city’s historic architecture. The “Holy City” has certainly left an indelible footprint on my heart. I graduated from the College of Charleston, and it seems almost impossible to ignore the faint whisper of my 21-year-old blissful self as soon as I touch down in the city. Strolling along all those uneven bricks, my soul tends to rejuvenate a bit, and is simultaneously touched with that same unyielding sense of purpose I found so easily during my college years. I also met my husband while in school, and then subsequently got married there, so perhaps it’s also the gentle bite of the romance bug that also has my heart tied to this lovely town ; ) OK, enough gushing about Chucktown. If you haven’t been, seriously- you are missing out. Go soon, mmmkkaayyy!?
This story has a point, I promise. Over the last couple months, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from health coaching clients, friends, and fam about how to stay in their healthy mindset when they go away on vacay. I totally get it. At home, it can be easier to find your wellness groove. You have certain go-to meals, trails you like to run or walk, Barre classes you frequent, gym memberships, etc. Also, if you’re like me, you may only drink a glass of wine here or there when you go out to dinner. And then you go away…away from your healthy comfort zones. Ya know, the ones that you rely to keep you in check back at home?
The good news? Comfort zones suck. They offer no opportunity for growth, and rarely offer any enjoyment. They are totally boring, right?
I thought about this a lot prior to my mini vacation, and decided to make my trip a challenge. The goal? To come up with some simple tips to not only help y’all stay healthy on your vacays, but also make them much more fun! So here’s what I came up with:
So, what do y’all think? Pretty easy, right? I’d love to hear how you challenge yourself to stay healthy on vacation! Our next stop is a wedding in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida in August… send me your recs, please!