At my age, life is not all ahead of me anymore, it is the NOW, the PRESENT, and that is truly where I try to spend my time. Sadly, I had lost my summer looking at the future...the next upcoming thing...I lost many "todays" looking at "tomorrow".
I could feel the stress starting to build and decided it was time to walk away from it, to just Let It Be. (Thank you, Beatles.) It was time to DE-STRESS! So come with me as I share how I spent a beautiful Friday in Johnson City, Tennessee, De-Stressing SLPMomma Style:
A major stress buster for me is to drive a convertible. Nothing will blow the cobwebs out of your head faster than the wind blowing through your hair, as you cruise down the highway. Come on there's room for 3 more!
A great lunch spot in Johnson City is Cranberries. The food is excellent and the decor inside is whimsical, which strikes my fancy. However, on a perfect day like today, who wants to eat inside? I dine outside, which always brings back very delightful memories of eating in Italy.
Tomato and basil quiche with a side of fruit and a glass of southern tea...mmm! I leisurely eat it instead of scarfing it down as I normally would because look doesn't this view just cause you to pause?
With my sunglasses back on, it's on the road again with no particular destination, but like all women, I ended up here:
A little retail therapy is good for the soul too. I have never been a "weekend shopper" for many reasons (no money, rural locations, no time, etc., etc.) so it was a real treat to simply amble around in the stores and just browse. I normally shop with a get this, this, and this, and a get on home mentality, but today I looked and touched and smelled and was just present in the moment. Now if I can just remember that I saw something I want to go back and get for our Trout Christmas girl exchange gift :)
When I did finally come home, I hit the couch for a nap, because obviously, my de-stressing worked :)
Are you letting your todays slip away from you? Tell me how do you de-stress.