Monday, May 23, 2011
Run... Run... Runaway...
I gave myself a wonderful gift this past Friday – a weekend getaway.
My sister and I decided to attend a writers’ meeting hosted by the Nashville RWA chapter. Music City Romance Writer’s Annie Solomon gave an excellent presentation on plotting the romantic suspense novel.
But we decided to treat ourselves further. We reserved a hotel room and headed up Friday night. We had dinner with some of the Nashville girls, laughing and talking over Cajun food. The meeting the next day was followed by lunch with many of the chapter members, then this mother’s favorite luxury – an uninterrupted nap.
We had talked about going to see a movie, but decided to instead see something of downtown Nashville during a walking ghost tour. We got to experience some beautiful sights in the twilight, including the state capital building and grounds (above), the Hermitage Hotel, and the Rymen Auditorium. Our tour guide was entertaining and really nice too! Can you imagine having to walk for 90 minutes on sultry southern nights in this dress and heeled boots? But she never once complained!
Sunday we met the morning with some writing, then lunch and shopping at the Cool Springs Galleria before the drive home.
The best part? I returned to my family relaxed, happy, and inspired. I’m a firm believer in these little getaways – whether its for a few hours or a few days. I call them “mental health days”. They give me a chance to step out of the daily grind and gain a new, more objective perspective on life’s little (and big) issues.
Sometimes I can only do a weekend getaway once a year, more if I’m lucky, but I at least make time for one day a month with my writing friends and Playfriends. In my opinion, it makes me a better wife, mother, and writer.
So tell me, what’s your favorite getaway? How do you keep yourself sane amidst life’s daily pressures?