So much has happened since I (Brodie) wrote our last Blog Post, Our Cabin Escape Bucket List. It seems appropriate that I dip my toes back in the water with a similar themed ramble about a much needed getaway that I took back in November.
A little backstory for those of you that aren't 100% familiar...
Since 2007, I owned doree's habit which started in Merrickville, Ontario and later settled in the sweet little town of Almonte, Ontario. doree's was a vibey little clothing shop that was an evolving reflection of me and the ebbs and flows of my life. As with so many people, the pandemic really gave me time to sit in my feelings on what I want to do with my life and how I want to spend my time. It had always been a part of my plan to pass the doree's torch on to someone new by the time I was forty, and the pandemic fuelled this thought into fruition. I put my little biz up for sale on Instagram in a heartfelt little video/post and I was blown away (and honoured) by the number of people that were interested in the business I had grown.
Okay, skipping forward, I sold the business. YAY! When I began seriously thinking about selling, I started a note in my phone of the things that I wanted to do to treat myself for the accomplishment if things panned out and first on the list was escaping to a cabin in the woods.
There were a couple things that I was looking for in my accommodations: big windows with stunning views, a cozy fireplace, a comfortable couch for copious amount of reading and a hot tub nestled in the trees. I did a lot of searching and ended up coming across Kabin Haus in La Conception. Done and done. I booked for a week and hit the road!
Wanna know what I did while I was there? I did whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to do it. I had no thoughts in my head of the store and all the weight that came with owning it. I had a couple girlfriends up for one night and we drank and laughed and hot tubbed. Then I spent days moving from the couch, to the hot tub, to the bed, to the fridge, and back around again. It was literal heaven. I read books, several of them in fact (favourite for sure was Green Lights by Matthew McConaughey) which hasn't happened since I was reading babysitters club in my parents basement as a tween. Towards the end, Adam came up and we took drives and remained relatively unplugged for the remainder of our stay. It was pretty magical.
I don't want to be preachy and I know that a getaway like this isn't always the easiest to put together, but the moral of this story is to find little ways to reward yourself for your accomplishments. Could be as simple as a night solo at home with candles, a glass of wine and a bubble bath. You are doing amazing things every single day, and if you don't make a point of relishing in your accomplishments every now and then, then what the heck are you doing it all for right?!