Self-Care Takes Work

At the beginning of last month, there was a day I was awake for nearly 24 hours straight.  You might read that and think, "Gee, Erin why would you admit that while you are trying to teach me about self-care?" Well don't stop reading just yet. I wasn't staying up late to meet a deadline, or missing a night of sleep worried about something, I was travelling with my family to Hawaii where we spent a month together. The way it all worked out, we left our home at 8am and arrived at our hotel about 22 hours later. The weather, the land and the people are incredible and I feel so lucky that we were able to go back to one of our very favourite places on earth with both of our kids. As one would expect Hawaii to be, it was magical. We had beautiful days on the beach all together and I was able to carve out solo time to attend amazing classes and get some much needed mental space to think about how I want to shape the next few years of my life with my beautiful husband and children. But there is another side to the rosy picture here I need to highlight; Self-care takes work. Between home and the beach are about ten thousand practical details. A few times I caught myself joking to friends that, "After all the planning and travel back and forth I will need a month in Hawaii alone to recover". An epic trip like this takes careful planning and we spent many hours researching, booking places to stay, packing and unpacking everything a family of four needs into a single suitcase and a few backpacks. Then there is the reality of traveling with two kids under three years old.