I love California, its seriously sweet. Long sunny days, 24/7 drive-throughs & BBQs on the beach – this place is as good as it looks on TV. This summer I embarked on my first trip ‘across the pond’ to visit a gap yah friend, who (conveniently) lives in Orange County, California… she’s definitely a friend with benefits.
I love holidays – hanging out with friends, trying new things and taking time to explore this BEAutiful world. But with the excitement of departing, comes the inevitable prospect of returning home. We’ve all experienced the walk of pain off the airplane, greeted by grey clouds and heavy rain. Holiday’s are fab, and coming home is often… not so fab.
I’ve been back home for 8 weeks now, and I’ve decided to say NO to post-holiday blues. I’ve managed it in January (my birthday falls in January, and bday blues are never an option), so I can manage it again. Instead of leaving the holiday spirit in Cali, I’m choosing to bring the holiday home.
Seize the Day
My time in Cali was marked by ADVENTURE. Each day held a new opportunity for road trips and (lots of) fun. For those planning to visit Southern Cali, may I recommend a few things…
- Laguna Beach – my favourite beach (top right photo), its absolutely beautiful and is situated in a super cool area. Driving along a little, we found some rocks the you could swim to and jump off (if you’re happy to copy the daring kids who make it look easy).
- Drive in Movies – the best invention ever. We watched Finding Dory, all snuggled up in the back of the car trunk. It was super cute… until I spilt chocolate over the duvet.
- Froyo (Frozen Yoghurt) – for breakfast, lunch & dinner – all day, everyday.
- Paddle Boarding – Less strenuous than surfing, but guaranteed fun. If, like us, you find a cheap deal to rent boards, make sure you don’t lose your paddle in the water then have to pay $$$ to replace it.
We embraced the place we were in and the days as they enfolded. Time was no limit, and laziness no option – we’d rollerblade, penny board, surf, shop, drink coffee, explore, hike, sunbathe, eat & chill to our hearts content. It was spontaneous, adventurous, and a lot of fun.
Seize the day, & say YES to adventure.
Take a Chance
Confession: when I’m on holiday, I end up wearing the craziest outfits (I’d like to say I’m alone in this, but I know there are others out there!). With no one watching, the inner fashionista comes out, and we rock those outfits we’d never try at home. There’s a freedom that comes with holidays – in what we do, the foods we try, the opportunities we embrace. I love the spirit of freedom that accompanies holidays, when we live in the moment and choose to not be shaped by societies expectations.
On my trip, I tried a strange concoction called Kombucha. It’s a fermented ‘bubble probiotic’ drink, made from tea bags and fed on bacteria and yeast called Scoby (which looks as grim as it sounds). However, its super healthy, and by day 2 I was a converted Kombucha lover. If you come across it, I recommend ‘Health-ade Kombucha’ – pink lady apple flavour!
Take a Chance & say YES to new adventures.
One of my favourite things about holidays are the memories that are made. Coincidently, the best thing about coming home is reliving those experiences. On holiday, I’m intentional – about how I spend my time & money, the photos I take, the things I do… even if they seem silly (they’ll be funny later). I was constantly snapping in Cali – I’ve got the classic tourist photos, the funny (but private viewing only) photos, & all the others in between. I love that holidays encourage us to truly appreciate the people we’re with, the place we’re in and the days that unfold. We make the most of every moment, and make memories we won’t forget.
Make Memories & say YES to the moment.
I may be back at work and in an all too familiar environment, but I’m choosing to bring holidays home. I’m choosing to continue the adventure and choosing not to believe that routine is unadventurous and unexciting. I’m choosing a spirit of adventure, which doesn’t settle for the mundane but embraces every moment. I’m choosing a spirit of freedom, which wears what it wants, explores new things, and is true to the real me. I’m choosing to be intentional, to appreciate the ordinary, to explore those nearby places, and to enjoy the moment for itself.
I’m choosing to seize the day, to take a chance and to make memories.
Post-holiday blues? I think I’ll pass, thank you.