The last few weeks have been incredibly stressful. Yes, there’s been a lot of buzz and excitement around fundraising for the Bold Academy. But I’ve also been staying up late doing homework, freelance work, etc. and waking up later and later on weekday mornings, because of it all. I’ve been losing sleep, missing my morning #pfworkouts, and struggling to find the time to sit and reflect (which I would almost consider a hobby, now that my TV is broken).
So, you can imagine how thankful I was to not only have a friend in the Lower Mainland let me come for a weekend-long visit, but that I had the cash to go away (just another bonus of not having credit card debt). I finished as much of my homework as I could on Thursday night, left Friday morning and didn’t come back until Sunday evening. Two nights away may not seem like much but my goal was to stay as far away from my email as possible… and I was reasonably successful.
On Friday morning, I drove into Vancouver for lunch with a friend from school, before heading out to Maple Ridge for the rest of the weekend. Once I got there, I’m happy to say we did nothing but hang outdoors and sleep (with dance parties and games of finders keepers with her kids, in between). We went to two of her ball games, then hiked 8km around Buntzen Lake (seen above) on Saturday and walked around Rolley Lake on Sunday. (Tip: If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, get more fresh air and exercise. You already knew that!? Why didn’t you tell me?)
As much as I normally hate taking the ferry, the ride home seemed to be when I found myself reflecting. Not only about how our weekend together was exactly what I needed but that it would probably be my only downtime for the next few weeks. I came home slightly anxious about all of the deadlines I have to meet between now and June 30th, but also re-energized from a weekend off of regular life. Now, let’s see what it cost me:
Ferry x 2 = $86.20
Gas = Approx. $20
Food & Drinks = Approx. $55
$161.20 is what it cost me to get away for three days. And it was worth every penny.
Oh, and in case you missed it on Twitter, I did have to pop online and share one thing that happened this weekend:
Thanks again to everyone who voted! The judges would never have seen my blog, without you getting me a spot on the finalists list.
How was your weekend?