the need to rejuvenate
I have spent the month of January at a wine resort in the South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. I chose Spirit Ridge for this retreat because of its remote location and serene setting.
Being here has made me slow down and actually have a relaxing vacation, versus the fast-paced trips I am usually engaged in with my work and research as a freelance writer and author. We have now been here nearly three weeks and the idea of going home doesn’t appeal for a number of reasons:
1. The weather. Although it hasn’t been as warm here as is usual for the month of January, it has been considerably warmer than my home province of Manitoba.
2. The scenery. The Okanagan Valley is a tremendously beautiful place at any time of year, with its mountains, valleys, lakes, vineyards, and orchards.
3. The pace. Osoyoos is a sleepy haven for Canadian snowbirds from the Prairies who just want to escape the chill of winter and enjoy some fun and beauty while they’re at it.
4. My need for rejuvenation has not yet been fully fulfilled. I am happy, relaxed, and at peace. What will it be like to go back to the stress of trying to build my brand and further forge a path for Chocolatour in the niche of chocolate travel?
What does it mean to rejuvenate? Words that had initially come to my mind were:
to rescue, to rest and relax, to retreat, to renovate.
Other words lists in the definition on my online dictionary include:
to give new life to, to reclaim or recondition, to regenerate or revitalize, rehab, to reinvigorate or renew.
It seems they all apply in one form or another.
Have you gone through a period of rejuvenation? Are you in dire need of one?
What have you done to successfully rejuvenate yourself or your spirit?
I look forward to the discussion, and to joining you back here next month in a revitalized, reinvigorated, and refocused state of mind.