The past several months have been so hectic around here. I feel slightly (okay, overwhelmingly) over-committed, and I just don’t know how to stop it. I’m out-of-control busy. And I think sometimes I confuse busyness for productiveness. For significance. If I don’t have time to sit down and sip my entire cup of coffee in the morning, that must mean I’m really important. Because sipping coffee is for lazy people. Obviously. (I’m majorly rolling my eyes here. I understand how ridiculous this idea is, now that it’s typed in print.)
I so genuinely enjoy everything I’m committed to; I really don’t want to give anything up. But the problem is that I’m forgetting how to embrace rest, a concept I’m repeatedly being reminded of lately. I’m becoming weary in my daily routine, and I just don’t have the stamina to keep up much longer without establishing a healthy rhythm of rest. I know I’m not the only one. I bet you’re exhausted too.
While I’m still praying about how to prioritize rest in my regular routine, I do have a chance to embrace rest this coming week. On Thursday, I’m taking a trip with my best friend, Lyla, to my favorite city! It’s only my second time going back to New York since Jonny and I lived there. Ready for the best part? It’s without kids. (!!!) It goes without saying that I love my children, and I’ll miss them dearly while I’m gone. (Every mother feels she has to make that defensive declaration when she embraces rest, right?) But every mother needs a moment to stop and recharge without feeling guilty about it. We’re not effective in our roles without moments of intentional rest.
So, as I start packing for this much anticipated trip, I’m going to share with you a few of my travel essentials. Here’s What’s In My Bag: Travel Edition! I’ll be using my favorite go-to Rebecca Minkoff “Julian” backpack as my carry-on (and probably most days walking around the City as well).
The Daily Edit:
- My wallet: obviously essential.
- iPhone and Mophie juice pack case: because my sad phone won’t hold a charge past 11am without a little help. My phone and I are similar in this way.
- Travel camera: No
bloggerperson should be without a camera in the City, but it’s just not practical to lug around a huge DSLR. My bestie is lending me her Sony Alpha camera. Here’s hoping I can figure it out in time!
- Granola bar: I’m a monster when I’m hungry. No one needs to see that. These dark chocolate mocha Kind bars speak my language.
- Sunglasses: So I can throw some serious shade at fellow subway riders, but do so fashionably.
- Glittery notebook and lipstick pen: I always like to have a notebook and pen on me in case inspiration hits, or, you know, I run into Taylor Swift on those SoHo streets and need an autograph. Don’t pretend you don’t want it too!
The Plane Edit:
- This month’s glossy: I intend to actually read this one, instead of using the pages as a coaster on my side table.
- My iPad: To watch movies, browse Pinterest, read books, and keep up with blogging!
- Headphones: Because my ears can never comfortably accommodate those obnoxious earbuds. This pair was only $5 from the Target Dollar Spot! I mean, they might break mid-flight, but I’m willing to take that risk.
The Personal Edit:
- Cute printed hankies: When they’re white, they’re just tissues, but when they’re printed with flamingos, they’re hankies! You know, for the sniffles… (These were part of a consolation gift from my sweet friend Sarah after my house got broken into. There were tears. These helped.)
- Hand sanitizer: Because New York. And Eiw.
- Lip balm: I’m shamelessly addicted to this Honest Lip Balm, and it’s perfect to protect against the dry airplane air and New York wind.
- Contact drops: Ugh. If you know me at all, you know my crazy eye issues. My contacts are always drying out, triggering an abundance of tear production. Smeared makeup, blotchy eyes. Hot. I prefer to avoid this annoyance with some simple rewetting drops.
- Fun hairties: In case my loose beach waves get a little out of control.
- Cream foundation: This super affordable Elf foundation is a recent find of mine, and I’m sure I’ll need it for post-flight touch ups.
- Cute and discreet toiletry pouch: To store all my goodies in without getting lost in my backpack.
I’m so thankful for the opportunity to take this much needed trip. Jonny has been incredibly supportive of it, and is even flying my mom down to Miami to help with the kids while I’m away. I fully intend to embrace the crap out of this restful week! Will you join me? Can you find a way to slow down, take a breath, and really rest? I know it’s hard, because you really do have an important job, and you really do matter. But you need rest. I need rest. And we shouldn’t feel guilty about that. Find a way to do just that this week, and let me know how you enjoyed the down time! I’ll celebrate with you! Follow along with my travels on Instagram, and let me know your favorite spots in NYC (it has been 6 years since I lived there). I’ll do my best to keep you up to date, unless I’m, you know, resting.