Well, that was me a couple of months of ago.Whenever I’d dreamed about my first trip to France (yes, it’s hard to believe), I always thought about eating local fare and taking in the culture while sipping a local wine. And, voila, here I was, experiencing what I’d been dreaming about for months.
Provence Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time
My trip came at the right time in my life. It’d been a very long time since I’d done anything for myself-very long time. Having just been dumped, and tired of celebrating everyone else’s major milestones while I was still single at 36, I decided to do something about it. I booked a trip to France with my favorite aunt. And, let me say I am so glad that I did because Provence welcomed me with open arms and made me feel fabulous. The timing couldn’t have been better.
How France Made Me Feel Fabulous
Eating breakfast every morning under the warm sun away from the daily grind and stress, I reconnected with myself. I felt happy and it wasn’t because of someone or something, it was because of me. So, what did France teach me within 24 hours of arriving?
- Spend an extra few minutes on yourself, you’ll feel fabulous. Whether it’s adding a string of pearls or a scarf to add a bit of color around your neck, take an extra minute to add that special touch. It’ll make you feel wonderful.
- Sit down and take in the scene. When traveling somewhere new, many of us want to rush to the next place on our itinerary. But, look at the people around you, they are not running around instead they are sitting somewhere soaking in the culture. Remember, you are on vacation.
- Take something back with you that you’ll incorporate into your life. When I returned back to DC, I brought back not one but several things with me that I incorporate into my life now–I wake up early each morning and take about 20 minutes to enjoy it. It includes a short walk with Nikki, reading the paper and sipping a cup of coffee. It has changed my life. Sometimes it’s the little things that you do that lead you through life. Don’t you agree?
And finally, you don’t need an excuse to enjoy a glass of wine BUT sip it don’t gulp it down … just like life.
Have you been to Provence? How would you describe your experience? And what lessons did you bring back with you?