About an hour from my house is a magnificent Victorian-style resort. They have miles and miles of hiking trails with stunning vistas, a mountaintop lake, seasonal ice skating, and golf to name just a few amenities. However, you’re not allowed on the grounds unless you’re a guest “ and it costs upwards of $300/night. My humble budget doesn’t allow for a high-ticket overnight stay.
However, my friends and I have found a loophole. If you book a spa service at the resort, you’re considered a day guest and have free reign of the grounds. So about twice a year we plan a morning of hiking, we pick a scenic overlook where we stop to enjoy our bag lunch, and then spend the afternoon indulging in a spa service and all the spa amenities.
Last month one of my dearest friends and I treated ourselves just one of those days at as a mutual birthday celebration. Pure heaven.
After our daytrip, I became obsessed with how relaxing the piped-in spa music was, until it occurred to me that I could (and did) download similar music on my iPod. Now when I come home and am puttering around the house, I listen to my new-agey music. It takes me right back to my reflexology service (we Pisceans love to pamper our feet) and all the other wonderful spa amenities. I’m in love with my spa-inspired tunes.
Sure my friends and coworkers make fun of me. But I don’t care. I’ve found my Happy Place and ain’t nobody gonna kick me out of it. In fact, I’m playing it right this very moment.
So to all of you reading this: I wish you peace and tranquility, and the hope that you find your own Happy Place, whether you’re going through fertility treatment or simply trying to get through the day. It’s a wonderful state of mind.