This weekend I am getting a little break. A break from work, waiting, life and hopefully headaches. Tomorrow begins the 2014 LDS Storymakers writing conference in Layton, ,UT. This is my second year attending and I am so looking forward to it. I write more as a hobby than a career but I think I’d go even if I was just an avid reader.
I’m such a nerd that I actually miss taking classes and learning new things in college. If I could think of something I wanted to study and had the money I would totally go back to school. Yes, it is challenging but also very rewarding.
And yes, I could learn all of these things on my own without a conference or a degree, but I have found I always do better with such support in place. That’s why I still take voice lessons because I know without them I wouldn’t sing and singing is important to me.
But I think even more than the learning I am grateful for the break. I’ve taken my fair share of long vacations and those are great too but there is something nice about a long weekend that gives you just a breather from ordinary life.
I think that is why I like movies, they are just a little break from life. A novel or a TV show are a a serious time commitment where a movie is just 2 hours to devote to a story. I love that.
I’ve always liked the concept of the pied-à-terre. This is a word (french for foot on the ground) that in real estate means a small second home that is meant for temporary stays and trips. A lot of times you will see these types of homes in the cities like businessmen in Tokyo may have a pied-à-terre in the city when he works late while his primary lodging is a 45 minute drive home.
Ideally for me these types of homes are bare-bones, simple places that you wouldn’t want to live in full time. The house my grandparents had in Hawaii was a good example (especially the cottage). It wasn’t fancy, had no air conditioning and provided simple basic features. It would be a challenge to live in that house full time but as a stop over to sleep and eat it served the purpose very well.
Granted most pied-à-terre are owned by very rich people and are not the type of places I am referring to. This is more my idea of what I would want, what appeals to me. I’d love to have a place that is simple, easy, and a break from everyday life.
It’s not a vacation but just a chance to change scenery for a day or two. It’s organized, similar whenever you go, and easy, that is what I want in a break. I don’t want to sweat or have sore feet or any of it. I just want to rest, learn, swim and reflect.
My boss Kelly lives in Portland and they go up to Bend Oregon frequently and from what I can tell it’s a pretty simple place. She works the whole time she is there but it still feels like a break for her and her family. That’s what I want. That’s my goal. I’d like for my regular life and vacation life to flow naturally together without the sense of loss I feel after a fully immersed vacation. This is just a natural part of my life, making the planning and recovery easy and the experience all the more rejuvenating.
It’s interesting because I used to have such a desire for travel in my early 20s and it has basically died out. One time I was talking with my brother and he said ‘I’m over traveling’ and I thought he was nuts but now I find myself thinking the same thing.
My Dad and sister are in Germany right now and another sister is going to Europe for a month in June. On one hand, I am a little jealous of the exciting experience they are having and on the other I feel tired just thinking about it. The appeal is gone.
But a pied-à-terre? That sounds appealing. Someday I would love to own a place by a beach somewhere. That’s my goal- the tinier and simpler the better! For the moment LDS Storymakers and staying in a Hilton Hotel for the weekend will suffice. It is just the pied-à-terre I need while I wait, worry and work. I’m so excited!
I’m also very excited for my trip to Tampa coming up next month! Thanks to my friend Kim for inviting me. To relaxing, learning, resting and starting afresh!
What about you guys? Have you found your desire to travel diminish over the years? What about a pied-à-terre? Is that concept appealing to you? Let me know.