Mini road trips are ALWAYS a good idea.
Work. Emails. Admin. Repeat. This collection of words seemed to have become my mantra rather recently and for those of you who know me… this was not bound to end well. Fast forward a few more weeks and you may have found me in a heap on the floor of my Parisian apartment, sleep deprived, malnourished, sad, overwhelmed and pining to read something as far from resembling an email as possible. Indeed, all work and no play, does not sit well with Ula. This living in a do do do world is something I constantly have to battle with and although I love achieving my goals, getting things done and ticking them off my list… I do hate it when the list becomes never ending.
It is not yet holiday time here in France and so a long break was not quite possible, a mini-break however, was achievable and most definitely needed. So I organised a little three-day trip with four of my favourite people to Bretagne, France. Early Sunday morning we piled into a borrowed, silver, mini van, took a quick pit stop to our local boulangerie for breakfast and headed out west.
After a few pit stops including a quaint village, a castle and a delicious lunch of moules-frites and local cidre, we arrive at our Airbnb sometime around 6pm… I started leaping for joy when I saw the view we were to wake up to for the following two days… nothing but green and water for miles and miles. We sat in the sunshine, drinking rosé, playing music, telling stories and taking photos. Soaking up the late afternoon sunshine for some time we then headed out for a late dinner by the seaside.
Monday morning Katie and I started the day off with some yoga in the garden over looking ‘Le Marais’, the boys soon joined us for some tea drinking and some oracle card pulling. Later on we set off towards a stunning beach called La Mine d’Or, where the cliffs are coloured orangey red and the sand is soft and golden. The water was lovely and warm and so we swam, read on the beach and laughed until we realised that the local supermarket was probably about to close and so we raced back to the car and collected everything we needed for the perfect summer BBQ. That night we lay in the garden and tried our best to identify constellations in the sky. We went to bed happy, full bellied and perhaps a tad sunburnt.
The following day I woke up and sat outside alone. Sitting quietly, feeling the wind on my cheeks, I journaled and listened to the birds. The sun did not decide to make an appearance on this day, but it felt so wonderful to sit on the grass, bare foot and absorb the calmness of my surroundings. Later that morning we packed up our things and made our way slowly towards Paris, passing a ancient stone formation called Les Dolmens de Kerbourg, dating back to the Neolithic period. We spent some time listening to them, siting with them and soaking up their energy before jumping back in our mini van homeward bound.
Mini road trips are always a good idea. City dwelling is hard on the spirit, so taking some time out from everyday living to be in nature is extremely refreshing and energising. These little kinds of mini-breaks refuel the mind and spirit and get us ready for the next exciting phase in our lives. Don’t let yourself reach the point of burning out… listen to your intuition and take time when you need it.